Growing Sectionalism: Franklin Pierce and James BuchananFranklin Pierce-●1853-1857●VP Wm R. King●First Lady Jane●Former US Senator (NH)●1st to put a Christmas Tree in the White House●Only son was killed in a train accident on its way to Washington, DC●Not nominated to run for a 2nd termNorth-●Rapid industrialization during the 1850s●20,000 miles of railroad track laid in the 1850s●Telegraph lines allowed for instant communication●Flood of immigrants from Europe, mostly from Ireland and GermanySouth-●Remained mostly rural●Economy relied solely on agriculture- mainly cotton●Slow to expand technology- few railroads and telegraphsKansas-Nebraska Act-●Senator Stephen Douglas (D-IL) - Introduced the KS-NE Act●Established 2 territories (KS and NE)●Repealed the Missouri Compromise, and established popular sovereignty for KS and NE●NE was voted to be a free state
●1855 election- many ‘border ruffians’ went to KS from MO with guns drawn, and voted
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Abraham Lincoln,Slavery in the United States,American Civil War,James Buchanan,Senator Stephen Douglas