Kansas-Nebraska Act - Julie Soncodi

Kansas-Nebraska Act - Julie Soncodi

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  • Lets organize Nebraska so that the transcontinental railroad can run through it.
  • Hey, what about slavery?! We can't have that in the new territory unless we repeal the Missouri Compromise!
  • Okay fine, the territory shall be divided into 2 and each one will decide for itself what it wants to be.
  • Senator Stephen A. Douglas proposed a bill in which the territory known as Nebraska, which had been set aside as a permanent Indian reservation, would be opened to white settlement and railroads. 
  • Under the new Kansas-Nebraska Act, Kansas has chosen to become a slave state while Nebraska a free state.
  • Southern members of Congress demanded that Douglas add a clause to the bill that specifically repealed the Missouri Compromise, which had prohibited slavery north of the Missouri Compromise line.
  • Our side is better!
  • Republican North
  • No, our side is!
  • Democratic South
  • Douglas tried to appease the southerners by adding that territorial legislatures would decide whether the territory would be free or slave, but the southerners wanted more. So, Douglas agreed to divide the territory into Nebraska and Kansas.
  • Anti-Nebraska
  • We, the people who oppose Douglas's bill, shall be known as the Republican Party!
  • The bill became the Kansas-Nebraska Act that allowed each territory to decide if they wanted to be free or not. Kansas becomes a slave state; Nebraska becomes a free state.
  • The Kansas–Nebraska Act divided the nation and pointed it toward civil war. The Act itself virtually nullified the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and led to the event of "Bleeding Kansas".
  • It produced many political consequences which split both the Democratic and Whig parties and gave rise to the Republican Party. The Republican Party split the U.S. into two major political camps: the Republican North and the Democratic South.
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