The American Civil War
1820 An attempt is made, in the Missouri Compromise statute, to restrict slavery in the new states to a line south of the Missouri border.
1854 The Kansas-Nebraska Act sparks violence in Kansas.
1857 The Dred Scott Decision rules that even in non-slave states, slaves cannot be freed.
1861 The Confederate States are declared (February); in April, the Civil War begins.
1863 In July, the Confederates are defeated at Gettysburg and Vicksburg.
1864 Lincoln is re-elected.
1865 General Lee surrenders; Lincoln is assassinated.
On November 19, 1863, little more than halfway through the American Civil War, in Gettysburg, ...