Exam_II - 1 What was the Kansas-Nebraska Act Why might an...

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1. What was the Kansas-Nebraska Act? Why might an historian argue that it was the most important event that led to the start of the Civil War? Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, where Kansas and Nebraska, were established as territories that set the stage for "Bleeding Kansas." This Act allowed Kansas and Nebraska to decide for themselves if they wanted to allow slavery or not withing their border. This Act repealed the Missouri Compromise of 1820 uses of latitude as the boundary between slave and free territory. The conflict the arouse from the anti-slavery and pro-slavery settlers led to the violence known as Bleeding Kansas. The southerners believed that slavery would be allowed since the issue was to be decided by popular sovereignty while the Northerners were furious that the ban of slavery under the Missouri Compromise was over. Right before the act the north and the south were become balanced the Kansas nebraska act went and opened up those problems again. The Act could be the most important event that led to the start of the civil war because of the unity that could have been formed before this act. This created a political crisis among the parties, which further aggravated the

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