Events Leading up to the Civil War
By: Tierney Finnegan-Kilgore
The Compromise of 1850
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The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850
The Dred Scott Decision of 1857
When his owner passed on he went to court demanding that his family and himself not be slaves, but the Supreme Court did not agree so they made the law saying that black's are not people. That they are just property and that the white men are bound to respect that. The Dred Scott Decision of 1857 made the effect of widening the political and social gap between the North and the South. Which brought the nation even closer to the Civil War.
The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854
They opened up new land for settlement and you were able to choose to have slavery or not in that area. There was a new Republican Party created, but it was created for the opposition of the act. This is when the North elected their first President Abraham Lincoln in 1860.
John Brown's Raid of 1859
He gave Douglass the idea to lead a war to free slaves. When he got back he thought more about having a war in Virginia against slavery. He went looking for money to find an army that he could lead. He put his plan to work on October 16, 1859 along with 21 other men, 5 black men and 16 white men.
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