Civil War Causes

Events

Nullification Crisis

1800 - 1809

If the federal government took an action that went beyond its constitutional powers, a state could say the law was null and void, or invalid. The law would have no legal standing within that state.

Missouri Compromise

1820

The Missouri Compromise was a law designed to resolve whether the new state of Missouri would enter the United States as a free state or a slave state. The compromise was that Missouri entered the union as a slave state, and at the same time, Maine entered the union as a free state.

Tariff of 1828

1828

It was a tariff that made foreign products more expensive.

The Anti-Slavery Movement

1833

When Great Britain abolished slavery in all of its colonies it got parts of America to want to abolish slavery too.

Fugitive Slave Act

1850

That any person who knew of an escaped enslaved person had to help in that person's capture.

Compromise of 1850

1850

The goal of these compromises was to resolve the ongoing conflict between Northern and Southern states over the spread of slavery into western states.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

1852

It was a novel that illustrates the evil of slavery it showed the north how bad slavery was and made them want to abolish it immediately.

Kansas Nebraska Act

1854

The Kansas Nebraska Act attempted to resolve the issue of whether slavery would be legal in Kansas and Nebraska.

1856 Election

1856

They had to elect a president.Frémont was only 2 states away from winning and Frémont was against the expansion of slavery in the states.

Dred Scott Decision

1857

Even free states would be forced to accept slavery if slaves were brought into their state.

John Brown’s Raid

1859

John Brow was an abolitionist who believed strongly that he needed to take extreme action to help end slavery. He was willing to use violent measures.

1860 Election

1860

The election where the newly elected president would have to deal with the civil war. southern leaders had threatened that their states would secede, or leave the Union, if Lincoln were elected.