The Stairway To The Civil War

Timeline created by H0302445
  • Wilmot Proviso

    Wilmot Proviso
    It was trying to ban slavery in the land they got from Mexico, except Texas. Congress would not past it. This led to their being a Free Soil Party. It was a party devoted to stopping slavery.
  • Compromise Of 1850

    Compromise Of 1850
    The compromise listed California would be a free states, the slave trade was abolished, the government would let territories is they wanted to be slave or free , and the Fugitive Slave Act. It did not work in the end & angered the Northerners.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Harreit Beecher Stowe was the author. It showed the bad things about slavery. The Northerners thought slavery was horrible & the South saw it as a Yankee Abolitionist Propaganda.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    They were debating on if Kansas & Nebraska should be a slave or free. The government said the people could decide. So people came flooding to make them slave or free. The states became overpopulated.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas
    People were fighting in Kansas & it became where most of the Civil War. It was a rally cry for anti-slavery.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    Dred Scott was a man that sued for his freedom. The court ruled that since African Americans were not citizens he is not allowed to sue. Alot of the Northerners became Republicans.
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debates

    Lincoln & Douglas were both running for Senator of Illinois. Lincoln had lost the election but became nationally famous.
  • Raid on Harper's Ferry

    Raid on Harper's Ferry
    John Brown seized the federal arsenal & killed four people. He wnted to start up a slave revolt in Virginia. It was unsuccessful, him & ten other men got executed.
  • Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter
    South surrounded the North at Fort Sumter & attacked. North had to surrender. This was the begging of the Civil War.
  • Election of 1860

    Lincoln was running & he wanted to get rid of slavery. The South didn't want him to win. So once he did the South seceded from the Union & called themselfs the Confederate States of America.