When the Federal Government did not and could not do much to
stop nullification in the North, Southerners began to claim that
the Union no longer represented them and as such, it was the
responsibility of those in the Republic to reject the leadership
that did not represent them.
Remember Republicanism, one of the most important
characteristics of Republicanism and really the sole job
of the citizenry.
You have two jobs as a citizen in the US; select your
government so that they represent you and to reject that
government if they do not represent you any longer, if
they are not a part of who you are, if they don’t represent
With Republicanism, individuals had the inherent right to
reject a government that did not represent them. For the
South, the only way to reject the government that did not
represent them was through secession. This was
because the South and their fears will believe that they
had become a permanent minority in the Federal
The Second Cause to the Compromise of 1850 and the stability of the Union was the Kansas-Nebraska
Act of 1854.
While both regions were still battling it out over the Fugitive Slave Laws, Steven Douglas
introduced the Kansas-Nebraska Act as a way to get support from both the North and the South
for the upcoming presidential election.
Douglas wanted to be the President and he believed that he would be a sure winner if the
Kansas-Nebraska Act passed.
What was the Kansas-Nebraska Act?
The act itself proposed that the region referred to as Indian country be opened up for white
settlement after of course American-Indians were removed and negating any and all treaties with
American Indians in that territory.
Under the political ideal of
He wanted to do this because he wanted to build a transcontinental railroad that would run from
Chicago to the Pacific Coast.