Events leading up to the Civil War

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Compromise of 1850

1850

The Compromise of 1850 led to the Civil War because it had one part that pleased one side and angered the other. For example: California becoming a free state made northerners happy, and angered southerners.

Fugitive Slave Act

1850 - 1862

The Fugitive Slave Act led to the Civil War because it angered northerners. It could arrest a slave in free territory, and return them to their owner. It could also arrest anyone who helped runaway slaves.

Uncle Tom's Cabin is published

1852

Uncle Tom's Cabin being published led to the Civil War because it opened peoples eyes, and proved that slavery was no joke.

Kansas Nebraska Act

1854

The Kansas Nebraska Act led to the Civil War because it angered northerners causing protests and violence. This time was called "Bleeding Kansas."

Pottawatomie Massacre

1856

The Pottawatomie Massacre led to the Civil War because it led to even more violence in Kansas.

Dred Scott Decision

1857

The Dred Scott Decision led to the Civil War because many people thought it was unfair because most of the Supreme Court Justices were from the South.

John Browns raid on Harpers Ferry

1859

John Browns raid on Harpers Ferry led to the Civil War because it was the last straw. It angered and scared most southerners.

Election of 1860

1860

The Election of 1860 led to the Civil War because it angered southerners. It also proved that the south was losing political power.

Confederacy formed

1860 - 1865

When the Confederacy formed it led to the Civil War because Lincoln wanted them to come back to the Union. Confederates refused, and attacked Fort Sumter.