1854 – Kansas Nebraska Act Signed into Law

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1854 – Kansas Nebraska Act Signed into Law

Kansas Nebraska Act Signed into Law

Despite the temporary success of the Missouri Compromise, the issue of slavery became more and more pressing and divided the nation as the United States continued to grow in population as well as wealth. Of particular importance were the territories of Kansas and Nebraska, as both were not yet admitted to the Union and became a battleground for the issue. Rather than to force a decision upon the territories, Congress believed that giving each territory the right to decide (an idea known as popular sovereignty) would ease tensions in the region. And so, the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed. This act overturned the Missouri Compromise, by allowing states the right to decide internally.

Despite the intentions of Congress, this act caused a great deal of strife and outright violence. The dispute reached such a level of violence that the conflict became known as “Bleeding Kansas” due to the number of casualties caused in skirmishes over the issue of sovereignty. The unwillingness of either side to peacefully reconcile was one of the major factors that led to the Civil War in 1861.

1854 - Kansas Nebraska Act Signed into Law 1854 - Kansas Nebraska Act Signed into Law 1854 - Kansas Nebraska Act Signed into Law 1854 - Kansas Nebraska Act Signed into Law 1854 - Kansas Nebraska Act Signed into Law

1854 - Kansas Nebraska Act Signed into Law
1854 – Kansas Nebraska Act Signed into Law

 

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