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Timeline: 1851 - 1860

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SAMUEL RINGGOLD WARD FORCED TO FLEE TO CANADA
 
ANN MARIA WEEMS ESCAPES FROM MARYLAND
 
THOMAS SIMS TURNED OVER TO SLAVE OWNERS
 
KIDNAPPING OF RACHEL AND ELIZABETH PARKER AND MURDER OF JOSEPH C. MILLER IN PENNSYLVANIA
 
UNCLE TOM'S CABIN PUBLISHED
 
MARY ELLEN PLEASANT FLEES TO CALIFORNIA
 
MARY ANN SHADD AND SAMUEL RINGGOLD WARD FOUND PROVINCIAL FREEDMAN IN CANADA
 
TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE BY SOLOMON NORTHRUP COMES OUT IN NEW YORK
 
ANTHONY BURNS RIOT IN BOSTON
 
KANSAS-NEBRASKA ACT
 
CALLAHAN EXPEDITION INTO MEXICO
 
PASSMORE WILLIAMS HELPS JANE JOHNSON AND CHILDREN TO ESCAPE IN PHILADELPHIA
 
CAPTAIN FOUNTAIN AND FREEDOM SEEKERS CAUGHT IN NORFOLK
 
CAPTURE OF THE CAPTAIN WILLIAM BAYLISS' SHIP KEZIAH WITH FREEDOM SEEKERS ON BOARD IN PETERSBURG
 
MARGARET GARNER MURDERS HER CHILD IN CINCINNATI RATHER THAN YIELD TO SLAVE CATCHERS
 
CASE IN CALIFORNIA ON LIBERTY OF "FRANK" FROM MISSOURI
 
ARCHY LEE CASE IN CALIFORNIA
 
QUINDARO, KANSAS ESTABLISHED
 
NEW HAMPSHIRE DECLARES BLACKS AS CITIZENS
 
DRED SCOTT V. SANFORD SUPREME COURT DECISION
 
OBERLIN-WELLINGTON RESCUE IN OHIO
 
PUBLICATION OF JOSIAH HENSON'S LIFE HISTORY TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION IN BOSTON
 
JOHN BROWN RAID IN HARPERS FERRY
 
PUBLICATION OF SLAVE NARRATIVE THE FUGITIVE BLACKSMITH BY JAMES W.C. PENNINGTON
 
ABLEMAN V. BOOTH SUPREME COURT DECISION
 
CHARLES NALLE RESCUE IN TROY
 
LINCOLN ELECTED PRESIDENT
 
SECESSION OF 11 STATES AND FORMATION OF UNION OF CONFEDERACY