Rebecca Herrera U.S. History 1850-1861

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  • Compromise of 1850 and Fugitive Slave Act

    Compromise of 1850 and Fugitive Slave Act
    During this time the Compromise of 1850 was enacted which admitted California as a free state, included a stronger fugitive slave law, and delayed the slave status of New Mexico and Utah. The Fugitive Slave Act was also enacted in 1850 which gave the federal government the authority to decide what to do in cases of runaway slaves.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    In 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was published and discussed topics on slavery. Stowe wrote about its negative effects and it caused an uprising to those who were slave owners at the time.
  • Inauguration of the 14th President

    Inauguration of the 14th President
    In 1853, Franklin Pierce was elected as the 14th president
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    In 1854, Stephen A. Douglas sponsored the Kansas-Nebraska Act which allowed the territories to vote and decide whether they wanted slavery or not. During this time the Whig Party ultimately collapsed and came back together as the Republican Party.
  • Inauguration of the 15th President

    Inauguration of the 15th President
    In 1857, James Buchanan was elected as the 15th president
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    A couple of days after the inauguration of Buchanan The Dred Scott v. Sandford case happened. Scott was a slave in Illinois, where it had been prohibited by the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. He was suing for his freedom because he claimed residing on free soil made him free. He wanted them to prohibit slavery. In the end, they ruled that they could not prohibit slavery because it violated the 5th amendment right of slaveholders and a black person was not a citizen.
  • Lincoln-Douglas debates

    Lincoln-Douglas debates
    In 1858, the Lincoln-Douglas debates were held 7 different times and attended by thousands of listeners each time. Lincoln argued that freedom meant to abolish slavery while Douglas argued freedom lay in self-government.
  • South Carolina secedes

    South Carolina secedes
    South Carolina declared its secession from the Union in December 1860. They were the first slave state to secede from the United States. As time went by, more states started to join them.
  • Inauguration of the 16th President

    Inauguration of the 16th President
    In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th president. He held very strong anti-slavery opinions which had the south weary. After his inauguration, more states such as Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas seceded. With conflicts happening between the North and South, War was on the edge of happening.