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Timeline : Top 10 events that led to the Civil War

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Latasha Ellis

on 24 May 2011

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Transcript of Timeline : Top 10 events that led to the Civil War

Top 10 events that led to the Civil War 1848 : Mexican war ended . With the end of the Mexican War, America gave up western land. This was a problem because the new land would be turned into states and slavery was a concern . ( caused compromise of 1850 ) 1850 : Fugitive slave cat . Lol , fugitive slave act . Pay attention ! 1852: Uncle Tom's Cabin Was Released. 1854: Bleeding Kansas shocked Northerners. 1856: Charles Sumner is Attacked by Preston on the Floor of the Senate. 1857 : Dred Scott Decision . 1857 : Lecompton Constitution Rejected. 1859 : John Brown Raided Harper's Ferry. 1860 : Abraham Lincoln Was Elected President. Because of the agreement of 1850 the fugitive slave act was passed. If any Federal Officer did not arrest a slave on the run, they might have to pay a fine. This only increased the efforts against slavery . Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin in 1852. He wrote the book to show how bad slavery was and how he was against it. This book effected how the Northerners looked at slavery and President Lincoln thought it was one of the reasons why the Civil War broke out. The Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed in in 1854. This allowed Kansas and Nebraska to decide for themselves if they would be free or slave. Kansas was fighting pro and anti-slavery in 1856. In 1856 Congressman Preston Brooks, who was pro-slavery attacked Charles Sumner because of his speach against pro-slavery happening in Kansas. Dred Scott lost his case about him being free of slavery in 1857. He had been living as a slave in a free state but the court would not look at his petition because he did not own any property. The Lecompton Constitution was made to allow Kansas to be a slave state. The Constitution was sent to Kansas for a vote but it was rejected. Kansas became a free state in 1858. John Brown and seventeen other men, attempted to raid the arsenal in Virginia. However, they were all surrounded by troops and then killed. John Brown had wanted there to be a slave uprising. In 1860 Lincoln was elected president. No one believed he had an opinion on slavery until he won the election and he made it so slavery would not be held in anymore states. 1846: Wilmot Proviso. In 1846 David Wilmot gave the idea of the "Wilmot Proviso." This would ban slavery in the new lands. There was much debate about this so the "Compromise of 1850" was made.
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