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1850s America - Causes and Events Leading to the American Civil War

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1850s America - Causes of the Civil War - The timeline storyboard is perfect for illustrating and condensing the many important events that led up to the outbreak of the American Civil War. By using a timeline storyboard grid, students will be able to chronologically analyze how major events contributed to the eventual war. By outlining and defining major events such as the passing of the Compromise of 1850, the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, as well as John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, students will be able to piece together the complicated web of events. However, students have the autonomy of applying and defining any and every event they want!

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  • COMPROMISE OF 1850
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  • CAUSES AND EVENTS OF THE CIVIL WAR
  • The Compromise of 1850 is the first major attempt to settle the dispute between Northerners and Southerners. Both the North and the South receive satisfying terms; however, it demonstrates how difficult the slave question actually is.
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  • SLAVE
  • SLAVE
  • SLAVE
  • KANSAS-NEBRASKA ACT OF 1854
  • SLAVE SOIL!
  • FREE SOIL!
  • LINCOLN AND DOUGLAS DEBATE
  • The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 again serves as an attempted compromise between pro-slavers and anti-slavers. By allowing the people to decide the fate of newly acquired territories through popular sovereignty, the act leads to violence and further strains tensions between the North and the South.
  • Throughout 1858, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas debate for the position of U.S Senator of Illinois. The debates highlight the growing divide between Free Soilers and Pro-slavers, as both candidates present fierce positions on the subject. Douglas will go on to win the race.
  • JOHN BROWN'S RAID ON HARPERS FERRY
  • On October 16th, 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown, along with 18 other men, raid the Virginian ammunition stockade at Harpers Ferry, in an attempt to begin a race war and slave uprising. John Brown is unsuccessful and eventually sentenced to death. The North views him as a martyr, while the South views him as a traitor.
  • PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 1860
  • REPUBLICANS PREVAIL!
  • The presidential election year of 1860 was both crucial and very telling of things to come. Abraham Lincoln ran as the Republican candidate against Democrat Stephen Douglas, Southern Democrat John Breckinridge, and Constitutional Party candidate John Bell. Lincoln emerged victorious.
  • SOUTH CAROLINA SECEDES
  • On December 20th, 1860, South Carolina officially secedes from the Union, marking the beginning of secession by the southern states. The election of Abraham Lincoln triggers more to secede, highlighting the beginning of a very divided America for the next five years.
  • SECEDE!
  • SECEDE!
  • We will not stand for this president!
  • SECEDE!
  • THE FIRING ON FORT SUMTER
  • On April 12th, 1861, the Civil War officially begins when Confederate forces fire upon a Union controlled Fort Sumter. Claiming lay to the fort and demanding Union soldiers retreat from it, the Confederate States decide it is time to take action. Although no casualties are suffered on either side, the attack marks the beginning of the bloodiest American war ever.
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