Events Leading up to the Civil War

The compramise of 1850

The compromise of 1850 was a series of laws created by Whig senators. These laws were to fix some territorial and slavery issues. It was hoped it would solve some tension the which were slowly getting out of control and did for about four years, until the new Kansas-Nebraska Act was created, which ended in “Bloody Kansas” and the massacres that followed.

Dred Scott vs the sanford court case

Dred Scott first went to trial to sue for his freedom in 1847. Ten years later, after a decade of appeals and court reversals, his case was finally brought before the United States Supreme Court. The court decided that all people of African ancestry slaves as well as those who were free could never become citizens of the United States and therefore could not sue in federal court.

The Fugitive Slave Act

By 143 hundreds of slaves were escaping to the North, this was making slavery in the boarder states unstable. The Fugitive Slave Act in 1793 was a law that was enforced that required run away slaves to be returned to there right owner

John Brown

John Brown was one of the most famous abolitionists, or opponents of slavery, in history. John Brown (May 9, 1800 – December 2, 1859) was an American Abolitionist. He is known for the Pottawatomie massacre and for the raid on Harpers ferry. Brown's followers also killed five pro-slavery at Pottawatomie.

The Kansas Nebraska Act

The Kansas Nebraska Act was a bil that became a law on May 30, 1854. The Kansas Nebraska Act is basically a law that organized the territories of Kansas and Nebraska. This act repealed the Missouri Compromise, which had outlawed slavery above the 36º 30' latitude in the Louisiana territories and it brought back the national struggle over slavery towards the western territories.