Events Leading Up To The Civil War

by: Anusha Jain

Compromise Of 1820- Missouri Compromise

Description: Since the North and the South were equal, both sides had equal representation in the Senate. the North didn't want Missouri, but the South did. To prevent this mishap, the 36-30 Parallel divided the the United States.

Contribution To The Civil War: Because the North wanted Missouri, the North wanted something in return. Then, Maine joined the North as a free state.


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Picture 2: http://www.historynet.com/missouri-compromise

Compromise of 1820- Missouri Compromise

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This is what the missouri compromise was

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Compromise of 1850

Description: The Compromise of 1850 was when California was admitted to the Union as the 16th free state. In return, the South was guaranteed that no federal restrictions on slavery would be placed on Utah or New Mexico. Next, Texas lost its boundary claims with New Mexico, but Texas got $10 million back.

Contribution To The Civil War: Lastly, the most important law was the Fugitive Slave Law. This required Northerners to return runaway slaves to their owners under penalty of law.


Picture 1: http://www.ushistory.org/us/30d.asp

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Henry Clay initiates the Compromise of 1850

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Compromise of 1850

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The Dred Scott Decision Of 1857

Description: Dred Scott was a slave who traveled with his owner to a free territory. Soon, when the owner, Peter Blow died, his wife took over. Scott disliked the wife because she wanted to sell his family.

Contribution To The Civil War: Then he started a lawsuit, so he could achieve his freedom, even though the Northerners were outraged.


Picture 1: http://www.ushistory.org/us/32a.asp

Picture 2: http://www.ushistory.org/us/32a.asp

Dred Scott

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old courthouse in St. louis, missouri (where his fight for freedom started)

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Kansas- Nebraska Act of 1854

Description: Kansas and Nebraska were territories and they wanted to become states. The amazing thing is that they could choose whether they wanted to become a free or slave state.

Contribution To The Civil War: The Northerners wanted them to be free states. The Southerners wanted them to become slave states. This created a huge riot. This is why people often know Kansas as "Bleeding Kansas."


Picture 1: http://www.ushistory.org/us/31a.asp

Picture 2: http://www.ushistory.org/us/31a.asp

Stephen douglas

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kansas- nebraska act

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John Brown's Raid of 1859

Description: John Brown was an abolitionist. He wanted to end slavery for good. He got a couple of slaves to help him and to revolt against their owners. Moreover he wanted to start a revolution.
Contribution To The Civil War: The major accomplishment that he did was that he rescued many slaves using the Underground Railroad. Unfortunately, John Brown was hanged on December 2, 1859.


Picture 1: http://www.ushistory.org/us/32c.asp

Picture 2: http://www.ushistory.org/us/32c.asp

john brown

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john brown abd his men stayed in this rented farmhouse

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