The government doesn't want to discuss Westward expansion, because Slavery is involved!
My Kansas-Nebraska Act will organize Western land, and allow the people to have a say in what happens
The Demise to the Kansas-Nebraska Act
Slaves are the Future of the West!
Bleeding In Kansas: Pottawatomie Massacre
PLEASE DON'T KILL ME JOHN!
The Kansas-Nebraska Act was the product of the United States not wanting to organize the Western Lands. The Act was proposed by Stephen Douglas, as a way to organize the territories of Kansas and Nebraska, based upon popular sovereignty.
Bleeding Kansas: U.S. Capitol
The Act ultimately caused Pro-Slavery and Anti-Slavery groups to fight for control of the new territories. People were voting whether or not they wanted to have slavery, which also caused people from other states to travel to Kansas, simply to vote for their cause. In response to the allowance of slavery, violence struck out, leading to major clashes.
The Republican Party's Beginning
John Brown, an extreme abolitionist, led an attack on a Pro-Slavery settlement near the Pottawatomie River. They killed five men. This "massacre," caused outrage in the South, which led to the spiraling events afterward, to be referred to as, "Bleeding Kansas." This led to many more violent events, which contributed to the beginning of the Civil War, because the North and South despised each other even more.
The Secession of South Carolina
All those in favor of secession, say "I."
"Bleeding Kansas" effected everywhere in America, especially Washington, D.C. A South Carolina Representative, Preston Brooks, beat Charles Sumner with his cane. He beat Sumner until he was unconscious. The entire conflict was because of their affiliations with Pro-Slavery and Anti-Slavery groups. The clubbing clearly contributed to the crisis of the Union because even the government officials were unable to control their anger when discussing important matters.
The Republican Party began with Anti-Slavery voters wanted their voices to be heard. In 1854, former Whigs and Democrats joined together in the North, to re-create the Republican Party. Later, Abraham Lincoln (a republican), was looking to be re-elected for Senate, and quoted the bible, "a house divided against itself cannot stand." Lincoln's persona and influence was a major factor in the beginning of the Civil War because he stood up for the Slave population.
The Secession of South Carolina was a major turn of tides for the Union. First, it began by a seemingly sudden and spontaneous convention, which decided that South Carolina wanted to leave the Union. However, the impact of South Carolina's secession was much greater than expected. It caused many other slave owning states to secede such as Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Their actions were ultimately the beginning of the Civil War.