The Nebraska-Kansas Act of 1854 by Prof. John R. Wunder PhD JD, Joann M Ross JD

By Prof. John R. Wunder PhD JD, Joann M Ross JD

The Nebraska-Kansas Act of 1854 turns the wrong way up the conventional frame of mind approximately the most very important legislation ever handed in American historical past. The act that created Nebraska and Kansas additionally, in impression, abolished the Missouri Compromise, which had prohibited slavery within the zone due to the fact that 1820. This bow to neighborhood regulate outraged the country and resulted in vicious confrontations, together with Kansas’s next mini-civil struggle. The essays during this quantity shift the focal point from the violent and influential response of “Bleeding Kansas” to the position that Nebraska performed during this decisive moment.
 
Essays from either confirmed and new students learn the old context and importance of this statute. They deal with American political tradition of the 1850s; American territorial heritage; the jobs of Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, and Frederick Douglass within the construction and implementation of the legislations; the reactions of African american citizens to the act; and the comparative influence on Nebraskans and Kansans. on the a hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, because it got here to be recognized, those students reexamine the political, social, and private contexts of this act and its impression at the process American history.

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Two objections to such a conclusion might be raised: first, one threatened duel hardly adds up to a society still dominated by old-fashioned values based on a code of honor. Second, it is well known that dueling outlived the Early Republic in the slave South, and Breckinridge was a Southerner. “By the mid-nineteenth century, it had become sectional just as slavery had,” writes historian John Hope Franklin. 5 The most suggestive consideration comes in Michael C. C. Adams’s brilliant 1978 work, Our Masters the Rebels.

He had found a way to make the map a threat rather than a finding aid. The map that appeared in the Tribune seemed ominous. The deceptive image suggested that the area of freedom in the United States consisted of a sliver of New England and middle states ominously surrounded by slave states or territories now opened to the possibility of slave migration (all shaded in gray or black whether their slave status had been determined as yet or not) and separated by a vast continent from the other little sliver of white on the map, California.

It was therefore with perfect safety that he could assail with personalities men entertaining such views. But if the address had been signed by one such man as Cassius M. Clay, Mr. ”13 Cassius Clay was a rarity among Kentuckians: an abolitionist. But otherwise he was like Breckinridge, Henry Clay, and other Kentucky politicians, handy with the dueling pistol and apparently eager to use it. The unwritten rule of avoiding personal insult, such as plainly spoken accusations of lying, applied in Congress because of this phenomenon as well.

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