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Gadsden Purchase i. James Gadsden (a railroad businessman) was appointed minister to Mexico by Secretary of War Jefferson Davis (from MI) ii. Purchased the area from Santa Anna for $10 million (he needed the money – the Mexican people were upset with the purchase and led to his final downfall) iii. Northerners objected, but it passed in Congress d. Nebraska i. Nebraska was an unorganized territory, so people were hesitant building a railroad through it ii. There were enough people in it, but proposals in Congress were turned down by southerners because they didn’t want it to be a free State XIII. Douglas’s Kansas-Nebraska Scheme (1854) a. Stephen A. Douglas i. Senator Stephen A. Douglas (IL) favored the West and wanted to break the North-South deadlock over westward expansion. He also invested heavily in Chicago real estate and railway stock, so he wanted to have the railroad be built in the North ii. He proposed that the Territory of Nebraska be split into two territories, Kansas and Nebraska.
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