On this day, the U.S. Congress passed an act to “prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States…from any foreign kingdom, place, or country.”
McCulloch v. Maryland
March 6, 1819
McCulloch v. Maryland was a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States. The state of Maryland had attempted to impede operation of a branch of the Second Bank of the United States by imposing a tax on all notes of banks not chartered in Maryland.
May 8, 1820
The Missouri Compromise was an effort by Congress to defuse the sectional and political rivalries triggered by the request of Missouri late in 1819 for admission as a state in which slavery would be permitted.
The South Carolina Exposition Published
The 1828 South Carolina Exposition was an explanation written by John C. Calhoun that reinforced the doctrine, or principle, of Nullification. The 1828 South Carolina Exposition was written in response to the 1828 Tariff of Abominations that favored the commercial interests of the North at the expense of the South.
January 19, 1830 - January 27, 1830
The Webster–Hayne debate was a famous debate in the United States between Senator Daniel Webster of Massachusetts and Senator Robert Y. Hayne of South Carolina that took place on January 19–27, 1830 on the topic of protectionist tariffs.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Published
March 20, 1852
Uncle Tom's Cabin is an anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Commodore Perry Opens Japan
July 8, 1853
On July 8, 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry of the United States Navy, commanding a squadron of two steamers and two sailing vessels, sailed into Tokyo harbor aboard the frigate Susquehanna.
August 21, 1858 - October 15, 1858
The Lincoln–Douglas debates were a series of seven debates between Abraham Lincoln, the Republican candidate for the United States Senate from Illinois, and incumbent Senator Stephen Douglas, the Democratic Party candidate.
Brown Raided Harper’s Ferry
October 16, 1859 - October 18, 1859
John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry was an effort by armed abolitionist John Brown to initiate an armed slave revolt in 1859 by taking over a United States arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia.