The novel depicts slavery as a horrible evil, but treats white Southerners sympathetically.
The villain of the piece is the cruel slave-overseer, Simon Legree, a transplanted New Englander. ministers to Britain, France, and Spain meet in Ostend, Belgium.
They appear to have been indentured servants, but the institution of hereditary lifetime service for blacks soon develops.
The vast majority of slaves will be transported from Africa to the West Indies.
He and his followers kill 57 whites, but the revolt is unsuccessful and up to 200 slaves are killed.
After an intense debate, the Virginia legislature narrowly rejects a bill to emancipate Virginia's slaves. Supreme Court upholds the Fugitive Slave Law of 1793, stating that slaveowners have a right to retrievetheir "property." In so doing, the court rules that Pennsylvania's anti-kidnapping law is unconstitutional.
Congress sends the Lecompton Constitution back to Kansas for another referendum. Illinois Republicans nominate Abraham Lincoln for the U. Incumbent Senator Stephen Douglas agrees to an unprecedented series of debates held in towns across the state.
When the secret proposal, called the Ostend Manifesto, is leaked to the press, it creates an uproar since Cuba would likely become another slave state.
In 1833 Garrison joins Arthur and Lewis Tappan to establish the American Anti-Slavery Society, an abolitionist organization.
Nat Turner, a literate slave who believes he is chosen to be the Moses of his people, instigates a slave revolt in Virginia.
Anti-slavery forces boycott the popular referendum on the constitution, which passes and is sent to Congress.
Senator Stephen Douglas considers the Lecompton Constitution a perversion of popular sovereignty, but President James Buchanan endorses it. In accepting, Lincoln delivers his "House Divided" speech in which he asserts that the nation can not endure permanently half-slave and half-free.