Kansas Nebraska Act

Kansas Nebraska Act

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  • The Kansas-Nebraska Act
  • I, Stephen Douglas, the senator of Illinois, propose we create two new territories in the South. I also propose we repeal the Missouri Compromise line.
  • Along with the approval of the Kansas-Nebraska Act on May 30 1854 by President Franklin Pierce, the question was whether the people of the Kansas and Nebraska territories would use the popular sovereignty to choose to become a free or slave state
  • We shall allow the people of these new territories to use popular sovereignty in deciding it be a slave or free state 
  • After the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed, dozens of settlers who were either pro or anti-slavery supporters rushed to settle in Kansas to affect the outcome of the first election held there after the law went into effect. 
  • Pro slavery settlers carried the first election but were denied rights by anti slavery settlers. So Anti-slavery settlers held another election in which pro slavery settlers refused to vote in resulting in two governments.
  • Violence soon erupted, with the anti-slavery forces led by John Brown. The territory earned the nickname "bleeding Kansas" as the death toll rose 
  • As a whole the Kansas Nebraska Act was very controversial and may have very well been one of the main causes of the Civil War. It also admitted two new states into the united States one being part of the Union (Kansas) and the other being a confederate state (Nebraska)
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