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The Dred Scott decision brought the issue of slavery in the United States to a head. Southerners were elated by the outcome and they relished in the fact that it was a blow to the evil Missouri Compromise. Southern slave owners felt that their way of life was preserved and they could continue to own slaves. Northerners who opposed slavery were outraged and it sparked an uproar and multiple demonstrations. The Dred Scott decision, along with the ongoing slavery debate, had the effect of widening the political and social gap between North and South and took the nation closer to the Civil War (Oyez, n.d.). Abraham Lincoln reacted with disgust to the ruling on Dred Scott and publicly spoke out against it, stating that blacks were entitled to the same rights as whites. He believed in the Declaration of Independence and that regardless of race or color “all men were created equal“.The Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed by the U.S. Congress on May 30, 1854. It allowed people in the

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