For better explanation, use AP EXAM PAST AND PRESENT book pg.118

-Mexican War reopened the issue of slavery by adding more territories
-Compromise of 1850 brought the issue forefront
-fugitive slave law
-Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin
-The Kansas Nebraska Act: allowed people of the territories to decide on slavery
-the attacks of abolitionist John Brown at Pottawatomie Creek and Harper's Ferry
-southerners' belief that slavery was a "positive good"
-Dred Scott decision earlier stating that slaves are properties
-Lincoln vs. Douglass in the race for Illinois Senate seat over the issue of slavery and secession
-Lincoln's Inaugural Address
-1860 election splintered between 4 regional candidates
-election of Abraham Lincoln