Events Leading to the Civil War

By Seth Petersen

1820 The Missouri Compromise

  • It was created to balance the power of congress between free and slave states.
  • Congress was compelled to establish a policy to guide the expansion of slavery into the new Western Territory.
  • Missouri was admitted as a slave state and Maine a free state.

1831 Nat Turner's Rebellion

  • Nat turner was a slave that incited an uprising that spread through several plantations in Southern Virginia.
  • Turner and Approximately seventy cohorts killed around sixty white people.
  • The deployment of Militia Infantry and Artillery suppressed the Rebellion after two days of terror.
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1846-1850 Wilmot Proviso

  • The Wilmot Proviso was a piece of legislation proposed by David Wilmot at the close of the Mexican American War.
  • If passed, the Proviso would have outlawed slavery in territory acquired by the U.S. as a result of the war.
  • Wilmot spent two years fighting for his plan.
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The Compromise of 1850

  • The compromise prevented further territorial expansion of slavery while strengthening the Fugitive Slave Act.
  • The agreement succeeded in postponing outright hostilities between the north and south.
  • The agreement in some ways reinforced the structural disparity that divided the U.S.
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1852 Uncle Tom's Cabin

  • Fiction Novel,was created by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
  • Was the second best selling book in the U.S. during the 19th century.
  • Northerners felt their eyes were opened to the evil of slavery while southerners protested.