Events Leading Up to the Civil War
By: Austin Liu
Compromise of 1850
Fugitive Slave Act of 1850
If they ascaped then they would be brought back to their owners even if they were in a free state.
California became a free state instead of a slave state.
The U.S. pay Texas $10,000,000 for part of their land to help pay the debt for Mexico.
The Dred Scott Decision of 1857
This Act allowed the Nebraska/Kansas Territory into two states, Kansas and Nebraska. The Union wasn't sure whether to have them be free or slave states, but the Kansas-Nebraska Act allowed these states to choose whether they wanted to be a free or slave state. They both eventually became free states and Kansas helped alot with the Civil War by sending 20,000 soldiers to the Union army. The South and the North both started going into the states so there was slavery and anti slavery support. The southerns went there to vote to have them become a slave state. The Kansas-Nebraska Act got rid of the Misoury Compromise and created two strong political parties, those that supported slavery in the South (Democrats)and those that supported non-slavery in the North (Republicans). This contributed to the Civil War because now they weren't only fighting over slavery but also about which states were allowed to have slavery.