Nat Turner's Rebellion was a slave rebellion that took place in Southampton County, Virginia,
belief that the US was destined to expand across the North American continent
california gold rush
Prospectors, known as "Forty-niners" - Streamed into California in 1849 after the discovery of gold
compromise of 1850
called to outlaw slavery in the capital (Washington D.C.) and established the Fugitive Slave Laws; admitted California as a free state, established popular sovereignty
fugitive slave act
Law that provided for the return of escaped slaves in the North to their owners in the South
uncle toms cabin
Anti-slavery novel written by Harriet Beecher Stowe that fueled the abolitionist movement in the northern states
kansas nebraska act
It allowed people in the territories of Kansas and Nebraska to decide for themselves whether or not to allow slavery within their borders. The Act served to repeal the Missouri Compromise of 1820 which prohibited slavery north of latitude 36°30´.
Bleeding Kansas or the Border War was a series of violent political confrontations in the United States between 1854 and 1861 involving anti-slavery "Free-Staters" and pro-slavery "Border Ruffian", or "southern" elements in Kansas.
dred scott decision
Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393, also known simply as the Dred Scott case, was a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court on US labor law and constitutional law.
free soil party
Political party that opposed slavery in the territories in the 1848 and 1852 elections - most members became Republicans in 1854