The Causes of the Civil War

The Causes of the Civil War

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  • 1850
  • Under the Fugitive Slave Law, you are prevented from fleeing your master!
  • 1855-1861
  • 1860
  • The Fugitive slave law is created to prevent slaves from fleeing their masters on the underground railroad. However, the North refuses to enforce the Fugitive Slave law, angering the Southern planter elite.
  • 1860
  • The Dred Scott decision by the Supreme court rules that slavery can exist in any territory or state, inflaming tensions between the Northerners who champion popular sovereignty and the Southern slave owners. As a result, "Bleeding Kansas" occurs.
  • Contextualization (1803)
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  • Lincoln is elected as the president of the United States of America despite the fact that he was not listed on the Southern ballot. 
  • The Civil War begins
  • South Carolina secedes from the Union, believing that there secession will not be opposed and seven other states follow suite. Lincoln is left with no choice, but to declare war on the Southern Confederacy.
  • Thomas Jefferson negotiates with Napoleon and buys what has been dubbed, the "Louisiana Purchase." This leads to a debate over the extension of slavery into the west, foreshadowing the increase of anti-slavery sentiment later in the century.
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