Kansas-NebraskaAct - Hayden Saalfeld Ms Schmidt US History 11 January 2017 Kansas-Nebraska Act and the Civil War From the birth of America as a nation

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Hayden Saalfeld Ms. Schmidt US History 11 January 2017 Kansas-Nebraska Act and the Civil War From the birth of America as a nation, there were many compromises that had postponed a serious confrontation of the issue of slavery, but by the 1850s, it could be postponed no more. The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 was a compromise that aggravated the North and the South over the issue of slavery, and thus fueled the start of the Civil War. What started out as an issue concerning the transcontinental railroad ended up exploding into a conflict all about slavery. Stephen Douglas, an Illinois senator, wanted the proposed transcontinental railroad to run through the North. To do this, he had to incorporate the Nebraska territory into the Union. At first, he tried to incorporate the territory as a whole, but the South wouldn’t agree to that proposal because part of the territory was above the Missouri Compromise line, which meant that slavery would have to be banned in the entire territory. Next, Douglas proposed that it be split into two states, Nebraska and Kansas. The question of slavery in Kansas would be left to popular sovereignty. Supporters of abolitionism and slavery both encouraged their fellow supporters to move into Kansas in order to vote for their cause. Slavery supporters
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