Every state was a slave free state except missouri
1854 bill to organize western territories became part of the political whirlwind of sectionalism
The Kansas-Nebraska Act was an 1854 bill that mandated “popular sovereignty”
Stephen A. Douglas–Abraham Lincoln’s opponent in the influential Lincoln-Douglas debates–the bill overturned the Missouri Compromise’s use of latitude as the boundary between slave and free territory.
It gave the people the choice to vote for slavery.
The people vacated to either nebraska or kansas
The people who were against slavery wanted the election people to vote slavery to be outlawed
The Kansas-Nebraska Act. Stephen Douglas, the sponsor of the Kansas-Nebraska Act as well as the most vocal supporter of popular sovereignty, was known as the "Little Giant" because of his small stature.