Kansas-Nebraska Act

Kansas-Nebraska Act - Andrew Tran 323366 Per. #5 5 November...

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Andrew Tran Tran 1 323366 Per. #5 5 November 2005 What were the causes and consequences of the Kansas-Nebraska Act? The Kansas-Nebraska Act was an Act of Congress in 1854 in order to organize the remaining territory of the Louisiana Purchase before its admission into the Union. Introduced by Senator Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois, the act divided the region into the Kansas territory and the Nebraska territory. Led by his selfishness and greed, Stephen Douglas wanted to create a railroad to Chicago in order to endear himself to the voters of Illinois, gain his own wealth, and benefit the north’s economic power. The Act stated that Kansas and Nebraska would be declared as free of slave-holding states under the decision of popular sovereignty. Lewis Cass, the father of popular sovereignty, states that the people living in the territory would determine for themselves their state’s status of slavery by voting. Ultimately, it added fuel to the fire of the slavery dispute between the abolitionist North and the slavocrat South, leading up to the Civil War. Idealogically,
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