Events Leading Up to the Civil War

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Texas Revolution

October 2, 1835 - April 21, 1836

Texas Declares Independence

March 1836

James K. Polk's Presidency

March 4, 1845 - March 4, 1849

Mexican-American War

April 25, 1846 - February 2, 1848

Wilmot Proviso Introduced

August 8, 1846

Gold discovered in California

January 24, 1848

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo signed

February 2, 1848

Free Soil Party founded

June 1, 1848

Zachary Taylor's Presidency

March 4, 1849 - July 9, 1850

California joins the Union

September 7, 1850

Uncle Tom's Cabin published

March 20, 1852

Know-Nothing Party Significant

1854 - 1855

Kansas-Nebraska Act Signed

March 4, 1854

Republican Party Founded

July 6, 1854

Beating of Charles Sumner

March 22, 1856

The Sacking of Lawrence

May 21, 1856

Lecompton Constitution

1857

James Buchanan's presidency

March 4, 1857 - March 4, 1861

Dred Scott Decision

March 6, 1857

Lincoln Douglas Debates

August 21, 1858 - October 15, 1858

Harper's Ferry Raid

October 16, 1859 - October 18, 1859

Secession in the South

December 20, 1860 - June 8, 1861

Kansas Joins the Union

January 29, 1861

Abraham Lincoln's Presidency

March 4, 1861 - April 15, 1865

Battle of Fort Sumter

April 12, 1861 - April 14, 1861

Secession

South Carolina Secedes

December 20, 1860

Mississippi Secedes

January 9, 1861

Florida Secedes

January 10, 1861

Alabama Secedes

January 11, 1861

Georgia Secedes

January 19, 1861

Louisiana secedes

January 26, 1861

Texas Secedes

February 1, 1861

Virginia Secedes

April 17, 1861

Arkansas Secedes

May 6, 1861

North Carolina Secedes

May 20, 1861

Tennessee Secedes

June 8, 1861