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Compromise of 1850

1850 The Compromise of 1850 was proposed by Kentucky Senator Henry Clay to resolve sectional issues in the United States regarding slavery after the … Read more

Confiscation Act of 1861

1861 Enacted by Congress and signed by President Lincoln on August 6, 1861, the Confiscation Act of 1861 declared fugitive slaves used or employed … Read more

Confiscation Act of 1862

1862 Enacted by Congress and signed by President Lincoln on July 16, 1862, the Confiscation Act of 1862 expanded the scope of the Confiscation … Read more

Conscription Act

March 3, 1863 On March 3, 1863 the United States President Abraham Lincoln signed the Conscription Act (aka the Enrollment Act), which required states … Read more

Crittenden Compromise

1861–1862 Proposed by Kentucky Senator John J. Crittenden on December 18, 1860, the Crittenden Compromise, also known as the Crittenden Plan, was an unsuccessful … Read more

Daniel Webster–Senate Speech on the Compromise of 1850 (Transcript)

March 7, 1850 Transcript of a speech Daniel Webster delivered on the floor of the United States Senate on March 7, 1850 in support … Read more

Emancipation Proclamation

1863 Issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation stated that people held in slavery in areas designated in rebellion … Read more

Enrollment Act

March 3, 1863