Kansas Nebraska Act - Reading No 1 More Compromising The Kansas\u2013Nebraska Act While the Fugitive Slave Act and Uncle Tom\u2019s Cabin sharpened the

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More Compromising The KansasNebraska Act While the Fugitive Slave Act and Uncle Tom’s Cabin sharpened the conflicts between the North and the South, the issue of slavery in the territories brought bloodshed to the West. In 1854, Senator Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois drafted a bill to organize territorial governments for the Nebraska Territory. He proposed that it be divided into two territoriesNebraska and Kansas. To get Southern support for the bill, Douglas suggested that the decision about whether to allow slavery in each of these territories be settled by popular sovereignty. Popular sovereignty is a system where the residents vote to decide on an issue. If this bill passed, it would result in getting rid of the Missouri Compromise by allowing people to vote for slavery in territories where the Missouri Compromise had once banned it. As Douglas hoped, Southerners applauded the repeal of the Missouri Compromise and supported the bill. Even though the bill angered opponents of slavery, it passed. It became known as the KansasNebraska Act. Few people realized that the act would soon turn Kansas into a battleground over slavery. Reading No. 1
―Bleeding Kansas‖Proslavery and antislavery settlers rushed into the Kansas Territory, just west of Missouri, to vote for the territorial legislature. At the time of the election in March 1855, there were more

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