The Causes of the Civil War

The Causes of the Civil War

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  • The Missouri Compromise Passed on March 3rd, 1820
  • Nat Turner's Rebellion Occurred in August, 1831
  • Compromise of 1850 Passed on January 29th, 1850
  • The Missouri Compromise was an agreement where any state above the 36' 30' line could not have slaves, and states below the line could have slaves.    Congress repealed the Missouri Compromise, people in the North viewed Congress as allowing the South to exert more control in  Congress. Created the Republican Party.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin Published on March 20th, 1852
  • Nat Turner's Rebellion was a slave rebellion that took place in Southampton County, Virginia. Rebel slaves killed about 55-65 people, at least 51 being white. Virginians debated over abolishing slavery but instead enacted new slave codes to prevent future uprisings.  This event caused more Southern fears.
  • The Election of Lincoln Occurred  in November, 1860
  • California could be entered as a free state and the North would enforce the fugitive state law. New Mexico and Utah could use popular sovereignty to determine if they wanted slavery. Although it postponed the  hostilities, it did little to address the division between North and South.
  • The South Secession Occurred on December 20th, 1860
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin was a book written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The book was about the horrors of slavery and African American life. Brought the issue of slavery to life  for those few  who remained  unmoved after decades of conflicts. Also, it widened the division between the North and South.
  • Abraham Lincoln was elected President and this angered South Carolina and 10 other states. They left the Union and formed the Confederate States. Angered and scared the Southerners because Lincoln had an anti-slavery party and that is what led to the Southerner's secession from the Union.
  • Starting with South Carolina, along with 10 other states, left the Union and formed the Confederate States of America. The secession set the stage for the American Civil War.
  • The Union
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