belief that the expansion of the US throughout the continents was justified and inevitable
route which settlers traveled to Oregon in the 1840's-1850's
1845 incorporation of the Republic of Texas into the United States of America
armed conflict between the United States and Mexico
proposed law to ban slavery in the territory won from Mexico
rule of the people
short-lived political party in the United States
gold found in California
made California a free state and strengthened the Fugitive Slave Act
runaway slaves found by Northerners were forced to be reported by law to the slave owner
1,912 mile long railroad created in 1863-1869
let the people decide if they wanted slavery in their borders or not
series of violent confrontations during 1854-1861
American abolitionist that believed and advocated armed insurrection as the way to stop slavery
political party that began in 1854 and is one of the two major parties today
saved the union during the civil war and emancipated the slaves
supreme court ruling that said even if a African American was free or enslaved, they were not citizens and could not sue in court
to counter the Dred Scott case, this said that slavery was excluded in territories
John Brown's men were on the way to harpers ferry for a raid and were caught
location of the first battle in the Civil War on April 12, 1861

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