Conflicts Leading to The Civil War

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In History
  • Nat Turner's Rebellion

    Nat Turner's Rebellion
    Nat Turner was a slave who led a rebellion in south Virginia with about 70 other rebels. They killed about 60 white men within two days, then a militia was deployed and ended the revolt. Nat Turner and his rebels were executed for their actions. This rebellion was known to be the bloodiest in the south. This event built up to the civil war as it showed that slaves were willing to fight for their freedom.
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    Conflicts Leading to The Civil War

  • Wilmot Proviso

    Wilmot Proviso
    This was a bill that said there cant be slavery in the new lands/states that were gained from the Mexican-American War. The southerners and pro-slavery people didn't like this because thy wanted to be able to expand and have more slave states. This was anther reason the south wanted the civil war.
  • The Results of the Mexican American War

    The Results of the Mexican American War
    After the United States gained more states from the war, there were many thoughts from the states on what should be done with the new states. The question was whether or not the new states should be free or slave states. The south obviously wanted them to be slave states, as the north wanted them to be free states. This created even more tensions that lead to the civil war.
  • The Fugitive Slave Act

    The Fugitive Slave Act
    This is where all citizens in the United States had to turn in slaves that had ran away from their owners. This was good for the south because they were already for slavery. This was bad for the north because now they were forced to catch slaves that they thought should be freed, and if they didn't they would be fined. This was another reason for the north to want the civil war.
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    Bleeding Kansas

    After the Kansas-Nebraska Act, people came from Missouri that were pro-slavery into Kansas to fight settlers that were antislavery. The people that were antislavery began to fight back and attack too. These conflicts lasted for four years as a result with antislavery forces winning. A major attack happened in this time known as John Brown's attack at the Pottawatomie Creek settlement. These violent attacks in Kansas was another reason for the Civil War.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    This bill made it so "popular sovereignty", where the people got to decide if slavery was legal or not. The bill was devised by Stephen Douglas in the territories of Kansas and Nebraska. The people decided that Kansas was the slave state, as Nebraska was the free state. This law reversed the Missouri Compromise by letting slavery happen in the rest of the Louisiana Purchase territories.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    Dred Scott was a slave who lived in a Illinois which was a free state, and in a free territory, Fort Snelling, so Dred pursued his freedom. The Supreme Court decided on denying his freedom because since he wasn't a citizen, he was unable to have the right to sue in federal court. This was an example and reason the north, abolitionists and slaves wanted the civil war.
  • John Brown's Raid

    John Brown's Raid
    After the Pottawatomie Massacre, John Brown, who was an abolitionist, lead a revolt in the south with about 22 armed slaves. In Harpers Ferry, Virginia John Brown and his helping rebels raided an armory and arsenal. The day after, Brown and his men were stopped and hung for treason. This created more tensions with the North and South leading up to the Civil War.
  • Election of Abraham Lincoln

    Election of Abraham Lincoln
    In 1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected president even though he wasn't on many southern ballots. Many southern states believed Lincoln was against them because he was a member of the anti-slavery Republican party. This lead to secession where 11 states thought they could leave the United States and make a new country called the Confederate States of America. Abraham Lincoln said they couldn't do that and then sent troops south. This was a big reason for the start of the Civil War.
  • The Battle of Fort Sumter

    The Battle of Fort Sumter
    The war that started the Civil War. This battle occurred at Fort Sumter Charleston Harbor, South Carolina due to the conflicts between the north and the south. Anderson who was the Union's leader was forced to surrender at the fort after the confederates attacked it and claimed it.