Events Leading To Civil War

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Missouri Compromise

1820

The Missouri Compromise was basically a imaginary line divide slave & non-slave states. This started a huge argument because on the western hemisphere it divide whole states and no one knew what to make those states. They used popular sovereignty to figure it out.

The Abolition Movement

1830 - 1865

The goal of the abolitionist movement was the immediate emancipation of all slaves and the end of racial discrimination and segregation.

The Mexican-American War

1830 - 1865

The Mexican-American War was the first U.S. armed war fought on foreign soil. It divided the nation and militarily unprepared Mexico against the administration of the U.S President James K. Polk, who believed the United States had a “manifest destiny” to spread across the nation to the Pacific Ocean.

The Fugitive Slave Act

1850

The Fugitive Slave Act basically allowed southern slave holders to with authorized weapons to capture escaped slaves in the north.

Uncle Toms Cabim

1852

An anti-slavery book written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It was the second best selling book of that century following the bible. It was about Uncle Tom, a long-suffering black slave around whom the stories of other characters revolve. The book shows the reality of slavery while also asserting that Christian love can overcome something as destructive as enslavement of fellow human beings.

The Republican Party

1854 - 2013

It was founded by anti-slavery activists in 1854

The Kansas-Nebraska Act

1854

entrepreneurs wanted to move into the area now known as Nebraska. However, until the area was organized as a territory, settlers couldn't there because they could not legally claim the land. The southern states representatives in Congress not rushing to permit a Nebraska territory because the land lay north of the 36°30' line where slavery had been outlawed by the Missouri Compromise of 1820.When things between the north and south were in an uneasy balance, Kansas and Nebraska "Opened New Wounds"

Bleeding Kansas

1856

Bleeding Kansas also known as bloody Kansas, was basically alot of violence over the issue of having slavery in Kansas. It lasted about five years, from the signing of the Kansas-Nebraska Act until a state constitution was issued

The Dred Scott Decision

1857

Dred Scott was a slave who had lived in the free state of Illinois but wasn't free. He went to The Supreme Court & they said he had no right to sue because he was black & black people were not citizens.

John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry

1859

John Brown wanted to start an armed slave revolt in 1859 by seizing a United States arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Brown's had 20 men with him, He was defeated by a detachment of U.S. Marines led by Col. Robert E. Lee. John Brown had originally asked Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass to join him in his raid, but Tubman was prevented by illness, and Douglass said no because he believed John Brown's plan would fail.

The Election of 1860

1860

The election of 1860 was mostly over the controversial issue of slavery.

South Carolina Secedes

1860

On this day, a meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, unanimously adopted an ordinance dissolving the connection between South Carolina and the United States of America. The convention had been called by the governor and legislature of South Carolina. Delegates were elected on December 6, 1860, and the convention convened on December 17.It made South Carolina the first state to secede.

Civil War

1861 - 1865

The Civil War is the central event in America's historical consciousness. While the Revolution of 1776-1783 created the United States, the Civil War of 1861-1865 determined what kind of nation it would be. The war resolved two fundamental questions left unresolved by the revolution: whether the United States was to be a dissolvable confederation of sovereign states or an indivisible nation with a sovereign national government; and whether this nation, born of a declaration that all men were created with an equal right to liberty, would continue to exist as the largest slaveholding country in the world.

The Bombing of Fort Sumter

1861

The Creation of the Confederate States

1861

On February 4, 1861, delegates from six lower south states congregated at the Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, to form a national government that would be known as the Confederate States of America.

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