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  • Popular sovereignty meant that those who lived within the territory were able to vote in order to decide if it would enter the union: free or a slave state.  
  • There was difficulty deciding whether or not Nebraska and Kansas should be free or slave states. 
  • Kansas should be a free state. Slavery is bad. 
  • Popular sovereignty will be used in the territories of Nebraska and Kansas to decide if it will be free or not. 
  • Kansas should be admitted into the union as a slave-free state
  • I denounce the political arm of slave owners. Slavery is cruel and we must end this expansion. We, as political leaders, should be a picture of justice it is a horrific act to own slavery. 
  • Democratic Representative Preston Brooks attacked Sumner with a cane in the United States Senate for the critical speech. This event was considered to be symbolic for the breakdown leading up to the civil war. 
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