Civil War Projoect
May 2, 2016
Compromise of 1850
Fugitive Slave Act
Uncle Tom's Cabin was published
Dred Scott Decision
In 1856 slave Dred Scott sued for his freedom. His argument was that he became free when he lived in a free territory that his owner took him to. The lower court ordered that Since he was a slave it wouldn’t matter if he was in a free or slave territory because African Americans were not considered citizens under the US Constitution. Stating this they decided that Dred Scott couldn’t file a lawsuit in federal court. Taney tried to question that since he was on free soil he should be free but since he cme back to slave territory it would go by Missouri’s rules.
John Brown’s raid on Harper Ferry
John Brown’s raid began in 1859. It started when when him and his men took over the arsenal in Harpers Ferry, Virginia hoping to be able to start a slave rebellion. He only had twenty men in his army because he tried to recruit slaves to join him but they didn’t show up because they didn’t want to risk getting punished for participating. He failed at his plans and in the end his men were either captured or killed and Brown was captured, tried, and sentenced to death.