A system of routes along which runaway slaves were helped to escape to Canada or to safe areas in the free states.
American Abolitionist. Born a slave on a Maryland Planation. She escaped to the North in 1849.
American writer whose anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin had great political influence and advanced the cause of abolition.
Harriet Beecher Stouse
A best selling novel by Harriet Beecher Stouse, published in 1852 that portrayed slavery as a great moral evil.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
A law enacted in 1854 that established the territories of Kansas and Nebraska and gave their residents the right to decide whether to allow slavery.
The 14th president of the US. He was unable to reconcile the issue of slavery that divided the US.
American Abolitionist in 1859 Brown and 21 followers captured the US arsenal at Harper’s Ferry as part of an effort to liberate southern slaves.
A name applied to the Kansas Territory in the years before the Civil War, when the territory was a battleground between pro/anti-slavery forces.
Favoring the interests of native born people over foreign-born people.
A name given to the American Party formed in the 1850s to curtail the political influence of immigrants.
A political party formed in 1848 to oppose the extension of slavery into US territories.
American journalist and politician who founded and editied the New York Tribune.
US explorer who mapped much of the American West and Northwest.
John C. Freemont
The 15th President of the US.
American Slave who sued for his liberty after spending 4 years with his master in a territory where slavery had been banned by the Missouri Compromise.
US jurist who served as chief justice of the US supreme court; remembered for his ruling that slaves and their descendants have no rights as citizens.
16h president of the US
The ideas, expressed by Stephen Douglas in 1856, that any territory could exclude slavery by simply refusing to pass laws supporting it.
Locality of extreme northeast West Virginia. It was the scene of John Brown’s rebellion in which he briefly seized the US arsenal here. The town changed hands a number of times during the civil war.
The confederate states of America, a confederations formed in 1861 by the southern states after their secession from the union.