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worse, K&N were on the non-slavery side of the Missouri
line, so using PS there would invalidate the whole
Missouri Compromise too!
- Naturally, Southern Congressmen demanded a repeal
of the MC, which Douglas actually gave them, thinking
the climate of the area wouldn’t allow for slavery anyway.
Then by May 1854 [e/t opposition was extremely strong
from the anti-slavery people] the bill passed, opening a
ton of formerly anti-slave land up!
- The results of the K&N Acts…again [like C1850] the
new laws acted like catalysts for anti-slavery forces
[many more states passed personal-liberty laws, resisted
the FSA]. Most importantly, though, the K&N Acts split
the dying Whig party once and for all into Northern and
Southern wings, lowered support for the Democratic
Party, and led to the creation of a new political party, the
*The Politics of Sectionalism: Republicans and
Democrats* 113 - Basically, in the summer and fall of 1854, the
Republican Party was formed from the antislavery
Whigs and Democrats, the Free-Soilers and various
other groups. They had a spectacular rise in the
North[east] and managed to get most of the Northern
House seats on their first appearance on the ballot in
- The only party that was still nat’l by this time was the
Democratic Party, except for a short period where the
American Party [a.k.a. the Know-Nothings] also
competed at that level [but they were mostly successful
in the North]. The KN’s were anti-Catholic/anti-immigrant,
but only lasted until 1856.
- So, besides the obvious, what were the new Republican
and Democratic parties all about? Republicans were for the exclusion of slavery
from the territories, new protective tariffs and
more federal funding for RRDs/infrastructure, and
for a free homestead act that would provide for
parcels of land [not large enough for plantations,
though]. Their ideology represented the new,
industrial North – the key was the importance of
work and opportunity [S...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2014 for the course APUSH AP United taught by Professor Orban during the Fall '10 term at Harrison High School, Harrison.
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