a short-lived political party in the United States active from 1848 to 1854, when it merged into the Republican Party.
comprimise of 1850
Approx. January 1, 1850 - June 28, 1864
A compromise that failed miserably
Fugitive Slave Act
1850 - 1864
Law was passed by the United States Congress on September 18, 1850, as part of the Compromise of 1850 between Southern slave-holding interests and Northern Free-Soilers.
Uncle Tom's Cabin
June 5 1851
A book about slavery that angered many southerners
Election of 1852
1852 - 1856
Democrat Franklin Pierce, a former Senator from New Hampshire, defeated General Winfield Scott, the Whig nominee
May 30 1854
It allowed people in the territories of Kansas and Nebraska to decide for themselves whether or not to allow slavery within their borders
Caning of Sumner
occurred on May 22, 1856, in the United States Senate, when Representative Preston Brooks, a pro-slavery Democrat from South Carolina, used a cane and nearly killed Sumner.
Sack of Lawrence
May 21, 1856
pro-slavery activists, led by Douglas County Sheriff Samuel J. Jones, attacked and ransacked Lawrence, Kansas, a town which had been founded by anti-slavery settlers from Massachusetts who were hoping to make Kansas a free state
May 24 1856 - May 25 1856
occurred during the night of May 24 and the morning of May 25, 1856. In reaction to the sacking of Lawrence, Kansas by pro-slavery forces, John Brown and a band of abolitionist