Causes of the Civil War

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Northwest Ordinance (1785)

5/20/1785

Invention of the Cotton Gin (1793)

1793

Louisiana Purchase (1803)

4/30/1803

Embargo of 1807

1807

Spanish Cession (1819)

2/22/1819

Missouri Compromise (1820)

1/3/1820

Beginning of the Antebellum Reform Movements (1830)

1/1/1830

William Lloyd Garrison Founds the New England Anti-Slavery Society (1831)

1/1/1831

Nullification Crisis Begins (1832)

12/10/1832

Webster-Ashburton Treaty (1842)

8/9/1842

Frederick Douglass Writes His Autobiography (1845)

1/1/1845

Mexican-American War Begins (1846)

4/25/1846

Wilmot Proviso Introduced (1846)

8/8/1846

Compromise of 1850 (1850)

9/1/1850

Gadsden Purchase (1853)

12/30/1853

Birth of the Republican Party (1854)

3/20/1854

Death of the Whig Party (1854)

3/20/1854

Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854)

5/30/1854

Ostend Manifesto Written (1854)

10/9/1854

Bleeding Kansas Begins (1855)

7/2/1855

Dred Scott Decision (1857)

3/6/1857

Lincoln-Douglas Debates (1858)

8/21/1858

Harper's Ferry Raid (1859)

10/16/1859

Crittenden Compromise Introduced (1860)

12/18/1860

Civil War Begins (1861)

1861