Founding fathers, esp. James Madison, left the convention aware that the divide between North and South was because of slavery--ticking time bomb.
There were still 2,254 slaves in New Jersey.
Brown's Northern Army, official beginning of Civil War
Senator Summer's clubbing, Proslavery soldiers led by Atchison destroy Lawrence, Kansas
Divided Northern and Southern, abolitionist and pro-slavery, ideas and opinions.
The Peculiar Institute book is published.
President James Buchanan leaves office, Abraham Lincoln is elected.
U.S. one of the few political systems left in the world with forced labor and servitude--one of the last slave economies on earth at this time.
Not many documents or books were written about the cause of the war, so many Americans were in denial about slavery.
Jefferson Davis's book sparked Southern vehemence against the slavery cause, provoked Southerners to deny that slavery was the cause of the Civil War.
Roosevelt wanted to progress beyond the Civil War, left many causes forgotten (his father was pro-Union and his mother was pro-Confederate), because he did not want to spark up the divide again.
Southern President elected, believed in "Lost Cause" political justification for South in the Civil War
Gone with the Wind romanticized the Civil War and presented many Southern opinions to the public of how slavery was not a major cause.
The Strange Career of Jim Crow published, former children and descendants of slaves decided to make their voice heard.
Governor Bob McDonnell declares Confederate History Month for the state of Virginia, omits slavery as an issue--but then corrects his omission after much criticism.