Slavery is a system under which people are treated as property to be bought and sold, and are forced to work.
was a civil war fought from 1861 to 1865 between the United States and several Southern slave states that had declared their secession and formed the Confederate States of America
legislation designed to avoid division between North and South over slavery
In 1822, freedman Denmark Vesey plotted a huge uprising near Charleston. He and dozens of accomplices were captured and hanged.
a secret network of people who helped slaves escape the South
led a Virginia slave revolt in 1831 that killed nearly 60 people before he and his followers were caught and executed
immediate freedom and full political and social rights for African Americans.
escaped slave who spoke passionately about his experiences, also published in his autobiography Narratives of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote a best-selling novel that condemned slavery
divided Nebraska region into two territories, giving voters in each area the right to decide whether or not to allow slavery
Violence over the slavery issue broke out in the U.S. Senate. Southern Representative Brooks badly beat Northern Senator Sumner.
thus Lincoln and Douglas were trying for their respective parties to win control of the Illinois legislature.
a New York abolitionist who used violence
Seceding states believed that they had to leave the Union in order to have a stronger voice in United States government