1846 proposed law to outlawed slavery in any territory gained from the War with Mexico
Formal withdrawal of a state from the Union
Agreement designed to ease tensions between free states and slave states; California entered as a free state while the South got a Fugitive Slave Act
"The Little Giant"; U.S. senator from Illinois who worked to pass the Compromise of 1850; proposed the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854; defeated Abraham Lincoln in his 1858 re-election campaign
Thirteenth POTUS
1850 law meant to help slaveholders recapture runaway slaves
Laws passed by Northern states forbidding the imprisonment of escaped slaves
Network of abolitionists who secretly helped slaves escape to freedom
"The Black Moses", a conductor on the Underground Railroad who led enslaved people to freedom
Author of uncle tom's cabin
1852 anti-slavery novel
1854 law that would allow voters in Kansas and Nebraska to choose whether or not to allow slavery
Abolitionist who used violence to accomplish his goals; led the Pottawatomie Massacre, Kansas and Harper's Ferry Raid, Virginia
Term used to describe the 1854-1856 violence between pro-slavery and anti-slavery supporters in Kansas
Fourteenth POTUS
the belief that native-born white Americans are superior to foreign-born immigrants
Anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant party formed in the 1850's; aka Order of the Star-Spangled Banner or American Party
Political party formed in 1848 to oppose the extension of slavery into U.S. territories
Anti-slavery political party formed in 1854 in protest against the Kansas-Nebraska Act
Abolitionist newspaper editor who helped found the Republican Party
Mexican-American War hero and Republican Party candidate in the 1856 presidential election
Fifteenth POTUS
Slave who sued for his freedom in the Supreme Court in 1857; led to the Missouri Compromise being declared unconstitutional
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who wrote the lead opinion in the Dred Scott case
Sixteenth POTUS

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