1848-1861

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taylor becomes president

1848

california gold rush

1849

fillmore becomes president due to taylors death

1850

compromise of 1850, fugitive slave law

1850

pierce becomes president

1852

uncle toms cabin

1852

gadsden purchase

1853

ostend manifesto, kansas-nebraska act, republican party formed

1854

civil war in bleeding kansas

1856 - 1860

buchanan becomes president

1856

lecompton constitution rejected, dred scott decision

1857

panic and tariff of 1857

1857

lincoln-douglas debates

1858

harpers ferry raided by brown

1859

lincoln becomes president, S. Carolina secedes

1860

confederate states of america formed from 7 states

1861