This is an event with a huge amount of religious revival, new faiths, new orators, new followers!
1830 - 1850
Focus on the individual, "self-discipline" and a finding of your true self. Some thinkers had a love for nature
1846 - 1848
A war fought between United States and Mexico. Results in huge territory gains for US(roughly 1/3 of Mexico). Creates debate over this land. Also, Spots Resolutions, from Abe Lincoln, argues the merit of the war.
Free Soil Party
1848 - 1854
The free soil party was a political party formed for the abolition of slavery. It would later form into the republican party in 1854.
1854 - 1861
Beef between free soilers in Kansas, and slave owners in Kansas. Gets political, gets bloody.
John Brown and Harper's Ferry
John brown does some crazy stuff, in order to create a free black state(fact check that one) very cool and interesting part of this time period.
Election of 1860
Abraham Lincoln becomes president. With a free soilerr/republican as president, the south feels like their "rights" will be taken away. Secession will happen in 1861