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The Nebraska-Kansas Act of 1854 turns the wrong way up the conventional state of mind approximately essentially the most very important legislation ever handed in American background. The act that created Nebraska and Kansas additionally, in impact, abolished the Missouri Compromise, which had prohibited slavery within the quarter when you consider that 1820. This bow to neighborhood keep an eye on outraged the kingdom and ended in vicious confrontations, together with Kansas’s next mini-civil battle.
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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.