HIST Notes 11.26.07

HIST Notes 11.26.07 - Democrats survived 1854 in a weakened...

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Questions: Why and how did the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 lead to increasing conflict that would culminate in secession and civil war? Was the civil was “inevitable”? why or why not? Breakdown of the two-party system Within 2 years of passing of Kansas-Nebraska Act, the Whig party is defunct Democratic party loses much of its northern supporters In north, more likely to get elected if you were anti-slavery, opposite in south Whig party: only 2 election, William Henry Harrison, Taylor, both died in office 1854: Whig’d did not have a strong position, strongest base of support in New England Devastated by election of 1856, defunct by 1860
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Unformatted text preview: Democrats survived 1854 in a weakened and changed state 91 free state democrats from north in 1854. dropped to only 25 at next election Southern democrats: 67 to 58 About 20 political parties attempted after 1854 “American” party : “know-nothing” party The order of the star spangled banner: if asked if you were a member you were supposed to answer “I know nothing” and then make a gesture that showed you were a member Kansas: Lecompton (proslavery, elected by fraud) and Topeka (anti-slavery, no legal basis), 1855 Lecompton Constitution 1857...
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2008 for the course HIST 2111 taught by Professor Hild during the Spring '08 term at Georgia Tech.

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