Events Leading up to Civil War
Compromise of 1850
The Compromise of 1850 tried to settle the question of slavery. i would help make the North and South happy. This Compromise let slaves work for the South, yet did did let slave trade continue in Washington D.C. The Compromise of 1850 would give Texas $10,000 that helped with debt. It wold also help to give up claims of New Mexico's territory. The Compromise helped the Nation stay united. This event was important to the Civil War because it settled how people questioned slavery as a bad or good thing.
The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850
The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was a part of the group that was referred to as the Compromise of 1850. This law helped with slavery. The law was hated by all Abolitionists even though the law helped with the end of slavery years later. The law also spurred the operation of the Underground Railroad. This event helped with the Civil War because it played role in part of the ending slavery.
"An arrest planned for tonight."
You would see this picture everywhere at that point in time.
Runaways were being looked for. You would see flyers and posters for reward.
The Dred Scott Decision of 1857
Dred Scott was an African American slave who was taken in and taken to Illinois, a free state. After returning to Missouri his master died. He then was taken in by a Abolitionist who went to court and made a statement about how Dred was supposed to be free instead of a slave. The court disagreed and Dred had no right in the eye of many and almost all people. This event had an affect of making the north and south a little more agreeing with each other.
The Kansas-Nebraska of 1854
The Kansas Nebraska act was introduced by Stephen A. Douglas. The act stated that any state could enter the Union with or without slavery. Many slave owners entered and so did a lot of anti-slave people. The act made the many people speak out for them selves when they needed to. Kansas then provided as many as 20,000 soldiers from the Union Army.
John Brown's Raid of 1859
John Brown wanted to abolish slavery. On October 16, 1859 he 21 of his men, 5 blacks and 16 whites to a raid at Harpers Ferry. Within the first 36 hours of the attack most of his men were gone because of being captured or killed by the people there. In 1855 he became the leader of the anti-slavery guerillas. He became a figure of major significance. "No man in America has ever stood up so persistently and effectively for the dignity of human nature. . . ." John Brown was hung on December 2, 1859