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Texas declares independence

1836

Lawrence burns the first time

1840

Polk's Inaguration

1845

Mexican-American War begins

1846

Wilmot Proviso

1846

Gold discovered in California

1848

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

1848

Free Soil Party founded

1848

Zachary Taylor inaugurated

1849

California joins the Union

1850

Know-Nothing Party

1850

Uncle Tom’s Cabin published

1852

Kansas-Nebraska Act

1854

Republican Party founded

1854

Beating of Charles Sumner

1856

Lecompton Constitution

1857

James Buchanan inauguration

1857

Dred Scott decision

1857

Lincoln-Douglas debates

1858

Harper’s Ferry Raid

1859

South Carolina secedes

1860

Kansas joins the Union

1861

Lincoln’s inauguration

1861

Ft. Sumter

1861

Secession of upper states

1861

Deep South secedes

1861