American Civil War Essay

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Timeline Part II
NOTE: Before starting the Timeline project please refer to the "Example Timeline Matrix" document.

Instructions: Complete the matrix by providing the Time Period/Date(s) in column B, and the Description and Significance of the People/Event(s) to American History in column C. See complete instructions in the Syllabus for the Module 3 assignment entitled. “Timeline Part II.” NOTE: The timeline project does not need to be submitted to turnitin.

NOTE: Please write your answers in a clear and concise manner. Limit your submission of the Timeline Part II up to 250 words per topic/subtopic. For example, if a topic is divided into 3 subtopics, you may write a maximum of 250 per subtopic listed. Be sure to cite all sources.

Major Event/Epoch in American History
Time Period/Date(s)
Description and Significance of the People/Event(s) to American History
1) The evolution of the institution of slavery from the Colonial Period to the 1860s.


The evolution of slavery began in the 1600’s when colonist began brining African American slaves from Africa to the American Colonies. Slaves worked on large plantations and were property of their “Masters”. Children born to slaves were also considered property of the “Master” and families were often separated when one or more of the members were sold to other people.
2) The socio-cultural impact of the abolitionist movement including:
a) The effect of Uncle Tom’s Cabin
b) The Kansas-Nebraska Act
c) The Compromise of 1850
d) The Underground Railroad

A- 1852
B- 1854
C- 1850
D- 1830-1860
a) Uncle Tom’s Cabin helped spread the word about slavery to parts of the country that were against slavery and helped fuel the desire to abolish slavery once and for all. It helped people to see what type of lives the slaves were living and how they were being treated.
b) The Kansas-Nebraska Act was created to give the people in these two territories the choice to either be a slave or free state. Although Kansas would not become a state till later on, the act helped created a balance between slave and free states within the country.
c) The Compromise of 1850 had a great impact on the abolitionist movement. The movement led to the abolishment of slavery in Washington D.C. and the introduction of California as a free state.
d) The Underground Railroad was a major factor in the abolitionist movement. The railroad was a means of travel for escaped slaves to travel from their masters to a free state without being caught by their “owners”. The Underground Railroad was not a railroad in the sense of the word, but rather a series of hideouts and secret paths/passages that’s slaves would travel to avoid capture.
3) The evolution of Sectionalism, including the cultural divide that developed between the North and the South; Southern Secession and its connection to the theme of “individualism.”

The North and South were divided long before there ever was a war between them. The divide was over the issue of slavery with the North being against and the South being for slavery. Southerners wanted to have slaves as a means of free labor to work their plantations in the rural lands. The North was more industrialized with factories and machinery so they did not have the desire or need to have slaves.
4) The causes and consequences of the Civil War.

The major cause of the Civil War was the issue of slavery. The South wanted to keep the slaves to work the fields and do other jobs for their masters while the North was antislavery and really had no use for slaves because they were more industrialized. Another cause of the war was that the Southern states didn’t like having the government telling them what to do and how to do it They felt that the government should not be able to control them. In the end many men, women, and children lost their lives on both sides. Many homes, farms, and other buildings were