Welcome to the 1850's

Austin Sherman 3rd Period

Brief Introduction With What Events in America are Happening During This Time

  • The September 18, 1850, Fugitive Slave Act provides for the return of slaves brought to free states.
  • Millard Fillmore is sworn into office as the 13th President of the United States, following Zachary Taylor's death on July 9, 1850.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin is published in 1852.
  • The December 30, 1853, "Gadsden Purchase" gives the United States a strip of land in the Southwest that would later become the states of New Mexico and Arizona.
  • The Republican Party is founded on February 28, 1854.
  • Poet Walt Whitman publishes Leaves of Grass on July 4, 1855.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court's March 6, 1857, "Dred Scott Decision" rules that Scott, a slave moved to a free state, never ceased to be a slave despite residing in a free state, denied him citizenship, and denied him the right to sue.

A Few Large Events During This Era

A Few Historical Videos Over A Couple Of The Subjects

America the Story of Us: Gold Rush | History
CC Cycle 3 Week 9 History Compromise of 1850
Uncle Tom's Cabin Trailer (Summary)