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Republican party

Antislavery political party that formed in the 1850s

Kohn C. Fremomt

Republican party candidate in the 1856 presedential election

James Buchanen

15th president

Dred Scott vs Sanford

Court case that extended the rights of slaveholders and limited legal efforts to challenge slavery

Roger B. Taney

Chief Justice of the Supreme court who wrote the lead opinion in the Dred Scott case

Abraham Lincoln

Illinios Republican candidate for the US senate in 1858

Harpers Ferry

Location of US arsenal in Virginia which was raided by John Brown


A statement of beliefs


To formally withdraw from the Union

Confederate states of America

Confederation formed by the seceded Southern states

Jefferson Davis

Presided of the Confederacy

Crittenden Plan

Compromise plan to prevent seccession


A place where weapons are stored


To refuse to be apart of

Wilmot Proviso

A bill that proposed to ban slavery in many territories

Free Soil party

A political party dedicated to stopping the expansion of slavery

Henry Clay

US senator from Kentucky who proposed the Compromise of 1850

Daniel Webster

US senator from Massachusetts who supported the Compromise of 1850

Stephen Douglass

US senator from Illinois who worked to pass the Compromise of 1850

Compromise of 1850

Effort by Vongress to settle the issue of slavery in the territories that arose when California was admitted as a free state

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Author of the anti slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Toms Cabin

Antislavery novel written by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Fugitive Slave act

Law that helped slave holders recapture runaway slaves

Popular sovereignty

A system where residents vote to decide an issue

Kansas Nebraska Act

Law that split the Nebraska Territory into Kansas and Nebraska and allowed people to vote on slavery in these territories

John Brown

An extreme abolitionist


To put to death


A person who is running away


Having prejudice based on a race


A person who lives in a particular place


Having supreme authority

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