The Kansas-Nebraska Act Notes.docx - The Kansas-Nebraska Act Notes Slavery in the West o The Louisiana Purchase territory was being organized Raised

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The Kansas-Nebraska Act Notes Slavery in the West o The Louisiana Purchase territory was being organized Raised questions about slavery in new territories o The Missouri Compromise temporarily settled the issue Allowed Missouri to become a slave state Created a line on the map to divide free from slave states Why Slavery in the West Mattered o Northerners wanted the West free White workers would not have to compete with enslaved labor o Southerners wanted the West to allow slavery They did not want to lose their power and influence in government o The US had tried to keep a balance of free and slave states Organizing Territories in the West o The Compromise of 1850 addressed slavery in western lands once held by Mexico California was admitted as a free state The Utah and New Mexico territories would use popular sovereignty – a vote of the people – to decide on slavery o Kansas and Nebraska Settlers began to push for the organization of Kansas and Nebraska as territories Settlers wanted the land for farms and railroads

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