Road to War

Events

The Missouri Compromise

1820

The Missouri Compromise led to the Civil War because it caused the North Louisiana Territory into free and slave states. It made the slave free northern states seem more aggressive with their beliefs on slavery. This contributed to the resentment towards the south. This raised the stakes for war because the compromise increased the political and sectional rivalries between the north and south. While the people of the North believe that slavery is wrong the Southerners believe that slavery is okay. At this time the United States had 22 states. So when the South seceded from the Union the split was equal between both sides.

The Compromise of 1850

1850

Uncle Tom's Cabin

1852

Kansas Nebraska Act

1854

Bleeding Kansas

1854 - 1861

Dred Scott Case

1857 - 1858

Lincoln-Douglas Debates

1858

Raid at Harper's Ferry

1859

Presidential Election of 1860

1860

Secession of South Carolina

1860