The idea of organizing the territory of modern-day Kansas and Nebraska originated from the debate over the construction of transcontinental railroad system. The North wanted the railroad to connect the country through the state of Illinois, while the South wanted it connected through Louisiana or Tennessee
The Kansas and Nebraska Act (established in 1854)
Mr Speaker, this bill will be the biggest transcontinental rail in our Country.
The first part of the Bill was introduced to the Senate which stated that only Nebraska would be admitted into the Union and be established as a free state as per the Missouri Resolution, the South disagreed with this bill.
Stephen D Douglas may speak and introduce his bill.
The North, with the negotiating power of Stephen A. Douglass, proposed that Two territories would be made,Kansas and Nebraska, that would allow the people to vote for whether or not they wanted slavery, thus repealing the Missouri Compromise.
Mr.Speaker this is not fair!!
The Act was passed by congress on May 30, 1854. However, it ultimately failed in its purpose. Some southern states began to secede from the nation by the time Kansas came into statehood in January of 1861.
The railroad, that was proposed by Stephen A. Douglass to benefit his Illinois electors or voters, was built later on, but not the way Douglass wanted it to be built, and not the path that he wanted.
Anti Slavery forces viewed the act as a capitulation to the south. This made Kansas a battleground for slavery and did not end the national conflict of slavery. This would eventually lead to what is called “bleeding Kansas.”