Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854


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Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854

 

an act that granted tothe white population of Kansas and Nebraska (new territoriesincorporated into the USA) the right to decide the question ofallowing or forbidding slavery on their territory. Adopted by theUS Congress, it in effect abolished the prearranged border between the free and slaveholding states (36°30’ N lat.) establishedby the Missouri Compromise of 1820. In the actual historicalsituation of the middle of the 19th century this solution met thedemands of the slaveholders alone, who were striving to spreadslavery throughout the entire USA. Its adoption provoked anarmed struggle in Kansas between the advocates and opponentsof slavery (1854–56).

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Douglas adopted these laws as the authority for his version of popular sovereignty that he incorporated into the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854.
His doubts flared with the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, which created the prospect of the introduction of slavery to those two territories, and the 1856 election to the presidency of James Buchanan, who was sympathetic to slavery's extension.
The Turners and other radical 1848ers are followed as they made the transition from radical democrats in a European context, to Radical Republicans in an American one in the aftermath of the Kansas-Nebraska act of 1854.
The last straw was the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, which brought the two territories into the Union.
There was no logical connection, the author reminds us, between the Compromise of 1850 and the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 that re-agitated sectional differences.