Kansas-Nebraska Act


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  • Missouri was used as a dividing line between where slavery could and couldn't exist. The goal of this Compromise was to keep a balance in power between the North and South.
  • The Missouri Compromise of 1820 
  • Kansas in 1854
  • We want to enter as a slave state in Kansas because of the economic benefits of cotton.
  • Even though we in Nebraska have the land to create large plantations, the Missouri Compromise does not allow for Nebraska to be a slave state.
  • Nebraska in 1854 
  • Popular Sovereignty
  • Congress' Response
  • Legacy 
  • I traveled all the way from Pennsylvania to vote against slavery in Kansas!
  • I'm from Virginia and I am going to vote for Slavery in Kansas!
  • Vote!
  • Popular Sovereignty gave the people within the states the power to vote on which terms they would enter the union under.
  • Congress passes the Kansas-Nebraska Act which allowed the two states to decide weather they were free or slave through Popular Sovereignty.
  • The Kansas-Nebraska Act led to "Bleeding Kansas" which exemplified the tensions between the North and South before the Civil War.
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