Kansas- Nebraska Act


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  • Today in class we will be talking about the Kansas-Nebraska Act that was passed by Congress on May 30, 1854.
  • OMG Mrs. Molla you are so funny!
  • This Act allowed Kansas and Nebraska to decide whether or not they wanted to allow slaves in their state.
  • Okay, we will allow it!
  • We should be able to decide for ourselves!
  • However, in 1820 the Missouri Compromise was created.
  • All of these states are slave states!
  • All of these states are free states!
  • The Missouri Compromise maintained a balance of power in the US, between slave and free states. The separation was  along the  latitude 36°30´.
  • We need slaves for our economy!
  • Owning slaves is cruel and unfair!
  • This Act was controversial because it went against the Missouri Compromise and that's why people thought it would disrupt the balance of power.
  • This will corrupt the US!
  • We should give credit to Democratic Senator Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois and President Franklin Pierce who drafted this act. They created something that organized the rest of the territory acquired by the Louisiana Purchase. The Kansas- Nebraska Act was also key factor in the start of the civil war, which ended slavery in the US.
  • Thank you! Thank you! And you're welcome!
  • Wow great work! You guys are my heroes!
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