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1803-Lousiana Purchase......1807-Jefferson pressures congress to outlaw international slave trade.....1820-Missouri Compromise....1831-Nat Turner........1847-pop sov.....Compromise of 1850.....1855-Bleeding Kansas.........1856-Preston Brooks of South Carolina beats Charles Sumner.....1857-Dred Scott......1860 Lincoln wins election.......South Carolina, was the first state to secede from the Union, on December 20, 1860.followed by:Mississippi on January 9, 1861Florida on January 10, 1861Alabama on January 11, 1861Georgia on January 19, 1861Louisiana on January 26, 1861Texas on February 1, 1861Virginia on April 17, 1861Arkansas on May 6,1861North Carolina on May 20, 1861Tennessee on June 11, 1861
America in the early 1800s is a nation divided by the debate over slavery. The proponents of slavery insist that it is an inseparable and indispensable aspect of the American economy. They argue that slavery is good for the African, that it civilizes them. Opponents of slavery decry it as a moral abomination. To them the very existence of slavery anywhere within the borders of the United States is unforgivable. In the year 1800 there existed eight free states and nine slave states. This delicate balance between slave and free states is far from amiable, and the two sides are constantly lobbying, legislating, and jockeying for any advantage that could swing power in their favor. In 1803, amidst this tumultuous backdrop, Thomas Jefferson would purchase the Louisiana territory from France and set in motion a chain of events that would lead the America on the path to civil war.