Events leading to the Civil War

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  • Wilmot Proviso

    Wilmot Proviso
    Congress tried to stop the spread of slavery. He failed, but the south is concerned.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    Henry Clay was asked to write a Compromise between the North and South. Managed to keep the North and South satisfied, and prevented a permanent split before the Civil War.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Harriett Beecher Stowe created a book about slavery. The book wanted to end slavery.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas
    Many people died. Small scale civil war.
  • Kansas - Nebraska Act

    Kansas - Nebraska Act
    A law that tried to solve the problem of slavery in the western territories. The territories could decide whether they wanted slavery or not. It caused people to flood into Kansa and Nebraska.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    Dred Scott was a slave that sued for his freedom, but the Supreme Court ruled that African Americans were not citizens because slaves were considered property, so he could not sue. This increased tension between the North and South.
  • Lincoln - Douglass Debates

    Lincoln - Douglass Debates
    Lincoln and Douglass were running for Senator of Illinois, where they debated about slavery. Lincoln said slavery was wrong but legal In the end Douglass won, but Lincoln became nationally famous.
  • Harper's Ferry

    Harper's Ferry
    John Brown and his men raided Harper's Ferry in Virginia, and ended up killikng 4 people Brown was found guilty, but was considered a hero in the cause of slavery.
  • Election of 1860

    Election of 1860
    Licoln promised to keep slavery from spreading into new territories, but if Lincoln was elected the south said they would secede. In the end Lincoln won the electon and the south seceded forming the Confederate States of America. They elected Jeffereson Davis as their president.
  • Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter
    This was the first battle of the Civil War. The South had set off the first shots of the war.