Civil War Causes

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In History
  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    This made Missouri a slave state and Maine a free state. This was meant to balance out the power within congress.
  • Nat Turner Slave Rebellion

    Nat Turner Slave Rebellion
    Slave rebellion led by Nat Turner involving slaves who killed whites. Inspired the Virginia Slavery debate.
  • War With Mexico

    War With Mexico
    War fought over Texas land between Mexico and America.
  • Wilmot Proviso

    Wilmot Proviso
    A proposal in the U.S congress to ban slavery in the territory acquired from Mexico. This proposal was unsuccessful.
  • Compromise Of 1850

    Compromise Of 1850
    Five laws passed creating California as a free state. Utah and New Mexico were left to decide whether to be a slave or free state.
  • Fugitive Slave Act

    Fugitive Slave Act
    Act that required slaves to be returned to their owners even if they were in a free state.
  • Publication of Uncles Tom's Cabin

    Publication of Uncles Tom's Cabin
    Anti-Slave novel published by Harriet Beecher Stowe. This book widened the arguments between the North and South.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    The Missouri Compromise was reversed. This allowed Slavery to be legal in the original areas of the Louisiana Purchase.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas
    Pro and anti-slavery war. Led to Republican Party being created.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    The U.S Supreme Court exceeded in Missouri Compromise because it had no power to forbid or abolish slavery in the west and north.
  • John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry

    John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry
    Raid with a small group of people led by John Brown. Attempt to start an armed revolt of enslaved people.
  • Abraham Lincoln elected president

    Abraham Lincoln elected president
    Lincoln did not want slavery to expand anymore. He refused to accept any resolution from South.
  • South Carolina secedes

    South Carolina secedes
    The first state to secede from the Union. South Carolina was one of the founding member sates of the Confederacy
  • Formation of the Confederate State of America

    Formation of the Confederate State of America
    7 southern states left the Union to make up the Confederate states. These states including, South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and with representatives from Texas.
  • Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter
    Battle between Union and Confederate. The Union were forced to surrender the fort.
  • Antietam

    Enabled the Union to repel the first Confederate invasion of the North. This allowed Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.
  • Vicksburg

    Victory for the Union that gave them control over the Mississippi river. The Union shut down confederate trade.
  • Gettysburg

    The Confederates were winning the war, but the Union won this battle.
  • Appomattox Courthouse

    Appomattox Courthouse
    The surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee to the Union commander Ulysses S. Grant.