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Wilmot Privoso 1864 Proposal that outlawed slavery in any territory gained from the War with Mexico
Free-Soil Party Political party dedicated to stopping the expansion of slavery
Stephen A. Douglas Illinois senator who backed the Compromise of 1850
Compromise of 1850 Series of laws intended to settle the major disagreements between free and slave states
Fugitive of Slave Act 1850 law meant to help slaveholders recapture runaway slaves
Harriet Beecher Stowe abolitionist; author of Uncle Tom's Cabin
Uncle Tom's Cabin Novel published by Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1852 that showed how brutal and immoral slavery was
Kansas-Nebraska Act 1854 law that established the territories of Kansas and Nebraska and gave their residents the right to decide whether to allow slavery
Republican Party Political Party formed in 1854 buy opponents of slavery
John C. Freemont Republican presidential candidate in 1856
James Buchanan Democratic presidential candidate in 1856
Dred Scott V. Sandford 1856 Supreme Court case in which a slave, Dred Scott, sued
Roger B. Taney Supreme Court chief justice who wrote the majority opinion in the case of Dred Scott v. Sandford
Abraham Lincoln Illinois Republican who ran against Stephen A. Douglas in 1858
Harper Ferry Federal arsenal in Virginia; captured in 1859 during an antislavery revolt
Confederate States of America confederation formed in 1861 by the Southern states after their secession from the Union
Jefferson Davis Fist President of the CSA
Crittenden Compromise Compromise introduced in 1861 that might have prevented secession
Fort Sumter Union Fort in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina
Confederacy Nation formed by Southern states
Robert E. Lee Confederate general, commander of the Army of the Northern Virginia
border states slave states that bordered states in which slavery was illegal
Anaconda Plan Union strategy to defeat the Confederacy
First Battle of Bull Run First major battle of the Civil War
Thomas J. Jackson Confederate general at Bull Run
The Monitor Union ironclad ship
The Merrimack Confederate ironclad ship, later renamed the Virginia
George McClellan Commander of Union army in the east
Ulysses S, Grant Union general who won battles in the west
Battle of Shiloh Bloody battle in Tennessee won by Grant
William Tecumseh Sherman Union general at Battle of Shiloh
David Farragut Union naval commander who captured New Orleans
Seven Days' Battles Confederate victory in Virginia, during which Lee stopped Union campaign against Richmond
Battle of Antietam Battle in Maryland that ended Lee's first invasion of the North
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