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Pre-Civil War Timeline


The time between 1787, when the U.S. Constitution was ratified to claim that slaves counted as three-fifths of a person, to 1860, when Abraham Lincoln was elected as 16th President of the United States, quite a bit happened in the States that directly led to the Civil War. There was such events as the publications of The Liberator and the Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin that brought about much-needed attention to the plight of slaves. Finally, with the passing of the Kansas-Nebraska Act and then the founding of the Republican Party, a civil war seemed inevitable. There wasn’t much Lincoln could have done to prevent it. But, the question remained, was he the right man for the job?

Only history can be the final judge of that . . .

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