Glossary Term – Event
Alabama became the fourth state to secede.
The Georgia Convention passed an ordinance of secession, making Georgia the fifth state to secede from the Union.
Eleven Southerners, including Jefferson Davis, resigned from the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Lucy, a slave from Virginia who had fled to Ohio, became one of the last slaves to be returned under the Fugitive Slave Law.
Rejecting the Lecompton Constitution and the expansion of slavery, Kansas was admitted to the Union as a free state.
The Texas Convention voted for secession, making Texas the seventh state to secede from the Union.
The states of the lower South established a new government, the Confederate States of America, and drafted a constitution in Montgomery, Alabama. Although modeled on the US Constitution, the Confederate document specifically referred to slavery, state sovereignty, and God. It explicitly guaranteed slavery in the states and territories but prohibited the international slave trade. It also limited the president to a single six-year term, gave the president a line-item veto, required a two-thirds vote of Congress to admit new states, and...
The Missouri state convention voted against secession and attempted to declare neutrality as both North and South advanced into the state.