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H.B. Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin

Persuaded millions of northerners and Europeans that slavery was evil and should be eliminated

The exercise of popular sovereignty in Kansas

led to a mini prairie civil war between proslavery and antislavery factions

buchanan's support for the proslavery lecompton constitution

offended senator douglas and divided the democratic party

the dred scott case

infuriated republicans and made them determined to defy the supreme court

the 1858 illinois senate race

made lincoln a leading national republican figure and hurt douglas's presidential chances

john brown's raid on harpers ferry

convinced southerners that the north generally supported murder and slave rebellion

the splitting of the democratic party in 1860

Shattered one of the last links between the sections and almost guaranteed Lincoln's victory in 1860

the election of lincoln as president

moved South Carolina to declare immediate secession from the Union

the "lame-duck" period and buchanan's indecisiveness

paralyzed the north while the southern secessionist movement gained momentum

lincoln's rejection of the crittenden compromise

ended the last hopes of a peaceable sectional settlement and an end to the secession

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