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The Coming of the Civil War Timeline
Transcript of The Coming of the Civil War Timeline
The Lincoln - Douglas Debates
(Aug . 21
The debates were about the morality of slavery. Lincoln was anti-slavery and Douglas was pro-slavery. Lincoln wanted to end slavery forever. Lincoln lost the election but as a result he gained a lot of national reputation. Douglas was a southerner he was not happy when Lincoln wanted to permanently remove slavery because he grew up in the south and the people in the south used slaves more than northerners.
The Election of 1856 (November 4 1856)
This event was the election after franklin pierce stepped down from the presidency. The two candidate's that were running that really had a chance were James Buchanan and John C. Fremont . Buchanan won the electoral votes with 174 and John C. Fremont lost, he only had 114. Buchanan was a supporter of the compromise and Fremont wasn’t. This caused the division of the 2 party system.
Dred Scott V. Sandford (March 6 1857)
Supreme Court can decide on slavery in the territories . Court refuses narrow determination of case. Major arguments. Scott has no right to sue because neither he nor any other black, slave or free, is a citizen. Congress has no authority to prohibit slavery in territories, Missouri Compromise unconstitutional. Ruling supports Republican claim that an aggressive slave power dominated all branches of federal government. South likes decision.
John Browns Raid at Harpers Ferry
(October 16 , 1859)
John brown had hopes that the slaves would help with this raid. And through the success of the raid that weapons would be supplied to the slaves and the freedom fighters. This is not what happened. Brown was eventually captured and sentenced to death for murder and slave insurrection. He was hung on December 2, 1859.
The election of 1860
The election of 1860 was a huge reason for the coming of the civil war. When Lincoln won the election South Carolina left the union. Lincoln was a anti slavery president so he tried to remove slavery and because he was the president it was an unfair battle now. The Election of 1860 is probably the biggest event that led to the coming of the civil war because the president was anti slavery and so were the northerners and the southerners were not anti slavery so they wanted to fight for the right of them having the ability to own slave legally.
The drafting of the Lecompton Constitution (September 1857)
Lecompton was the capital of kansas that was pro-slavery.The other capital was Lawrence which was anti-slavery. The lecompton constitution was a constitution requesting to make kansas a slave state. The congress has multiple debates about it but in the end the congress denied it.