Events Leading to the Civil War
By Seth Petersen
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.
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.
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.
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.