Timeline for American slavery




Slavery is a system under which people are treated as property to be bought and sold, and are forced to work.

Civil war

1861 - 1865

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

Events for timeline

Clay's Compromise of 1850

1820 - 1850

legislation designed to avoid division between North and South over slavery

Denmark Vesey Slave Revolt


In 1822, freedman Denmark Vesey plotted a huge uprising near Charleston. He and dozens of accomplices were captured and hanged.

Underground Railroad

1830 - 1860

a secret network of people who helped slaves escape the South

Nat Turner Slave Revolt


led a Virginia slave revolt in 1831 that killed nearly 60 people before he and his followers were caught and executed

Graison founds "The Liberator"


immediate freedom and full political and social rights for African Americans.

Frederick Douglass Autobiography

1847 - 1852

escaped slave who spoke passionately about his experiences, also published in his autobiography Narratives of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Uncle Tom's Cabin


Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote a best-selling novel that condemned slavery

Kansas-Nebraska Act


divided Nebraska region into two territories, giving voters in each area the right to decide whether or not to allow slavery

Sumner's beating

May 1856

Violence over the slavery issue broke out in the U.S. Senate. Southern Representative Brooks badly beat Northern Senator Sumner.

Lincoln-Douglas Debates


thus Lincoln and Douglas were trying for their respective parties to win control of the Illinois legislature.

John Brown's Raid


a New York abolitionist who used violence

Southern Session


Seceding states believed that they had to leave the Union in order to have a stronger voice in United States government