A senator from Kentucky, he introduced the Compromise of 1850 on the Senate floor.
A senator from Massachusetts, he gave a famous speech in the Senate on March 7th in favor of the Compromise of 1850.
John C. Calhoun
A Senator from South Carolina, he asked that the slave states be allowed to secede from the Union.
A fugitive slave arrested in Boston in 1854, abolitionist killed a deputy marshal while trying to free him-he was eventually returned to Virginia.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Wrote the anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. Spoke out powerfully against slavery.
Became president in 1852, he supported the Compromise of 1850 and received Southern support for his presidential race.
A senator from Illinois, he proposed popular sovereignty as a solution to the expansion of slavery in the Western territories (known as the little giant).
A democratic candidate for president in 1856, he had a great deal of political experience, and won the election.
John C. Fremont
A Republican candidate for president in 1856, he was against the spread of slavery (he lost the election).
A slave who sued for his freedom in the Missouri state court. The case went all the way up to the Supreme Court of the US, which ruled that 1) African Americans could never be citizens; 2) the slave had returned to Missouri, a slave state, so his status depended on the laws of Missouri; 3) The Missouri Compromise was unconstitutional.
Roger B. Taney
He wrote the majority opinion for the US Supreme Court in the case of the Dred Scott decision in March 1857.
He was the Republican candidate for President in 1860.
An abolitionist who led a raid where he and his men took over the arsenal in Harper's Ferry, Virginia, in hopes of starting a slave rebellion.
John C. Breckinridge
He was the Southern Democratic candidate for President in 1860.
John J. Crittenden
He was a senator from Kentucky who presented a plan to save the Union from secession.
Elected president of the Confederacy.
He was the Northern Democratic candidate for President in 1860.
He was the Constitutional Union Party candidate for President in 1860.