Crisis of the Union....

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Decades of simmering tensions between the northern and southern United States over issues including states' rights versus federal authority, westward expansion and slavery finally exploded into conflict. Below is an outline of events that contributed to the crisis and eventually pushed the United States to Civil War.

1776 The colonies declare independence from English rule with the adoption of The Declaration of Independence. Written largely by Thomas Jefferson, the document declares "all men are created equal."  
1798 Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 and 1799  
1820 Missouri Compromise  
1828 Nullification Crisis 1828 to 1834  
1846 Mexican-American War 1846 to 1848
Wilmot Proviso
1850 Secession Crisis 1850 to 1851
Fugitive Slave Act
Compromise of 1850
1852 Uncle Toms Cabin written by Harriet Beecher Stowe  
1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act
Bleeding Kansas 1854 to 1859
1857 Dred Scott decision  
1858 Lecompton Constitution Rejected (Kansas)  
1859 John Brown Raids Harpers Ferry  

Abraham Lincoln Elected President - November 6
Secession - South Carolina secedes from the Union - December 20


Confederate States of America formed - February 8
- Constitution of the Confederate States
- Comparing Constitutions - CSA vs USA

Confederate Bombardment of Fort Sumter (Civil War begins) April 12

Secession Vote.
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Individuals Who Played a Roll

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Madison
  • Henry Clay
  • John C. Calhoun
  • Andrew Jackson
  • James Hamilton, Jr.
  • Daniel Webster
  • David Wilmot
  • Robert Barnwell Rhett
  • James L. Orr
  • John S. Preston
  • James Chesnut
  • Robert W. Barnwell
  • Stephen A. Douglas
  • John Brown
  • Abraham Lincoln

The Ordinance
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