Territorial organic act that created the territories of Kansas and Nebraska.- Kansas–Nebraska Act
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One of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with its main historic rival, the Democratic Party.
The GOP was founded in 1854 by anti-slavery activists who opposed the Kansas–Nebraska Act, which allowed for the potential expansion of chattel slavery into the western territories.
Series of violent civil confrontations in Kansas Territory, and to a lesser extent in western Missouri, between 1854 and 1859.
The Kansas–Nebraska Act of 1854 called for popular sovereignty: the decision about slavery would be made by popular vote of the territory's settlers rather than by legislators in Washington.
United States federal legislation that compromised northern attempts to completely prohibit slavery's expansion by admitting Missouri as a slave state and Maine as a free state in exchange for legislation which prohibited slavery in those remaining Louisiana Purchase lands north of the 36°30′ parallel.
The Kansas–Nebraska Act effectively repealed the bill in 1854, and the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional in Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857), both of which increased tensions over slavery and contributed to the American Civil War.
American politician and lawyer from Illinois.
Seeking to open the west for expansion, Douglas introduced the Kansas–Nebraska Act in 1854.
Package of five separate bills passed by the United States Congress in September 1850 that defused a political confrontation between slave and free states on the status of territories acquired in the Mexican–American War.
The compromise also included a more stringent Fugitive Slave Law and banned the slave trade in Washington, D.C. The issue of slavery in the territories would be re-opened by the Kansas–Nebraska Act, but the Compromise of 1850 played a major role in postponing the American Civil War.
Political party that espoused traditionalist conservatism in the United States during the middle of the 19th century.
The Whigs collapsed following the passage of the Kansas–Nebraska Act in 1854, with most Northern Whigs eventually joining the anti-slavery Republican Party and most Southern Whigs joining the nativist American Party and later the Constitutional Union Party.
Organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from May 30, 1854, until March 1, 1867, when the final extent of the territory was admitted to the Union as the State of Nebraska.
The Nebraska Territory was created by the Kansas–Nebraska Act of 1854.
Short-lived coalition political party in the United States active from 1848 to 1854, when it merged into the Republican Party.
The 1854 Kansas–Nebraska Act repealed the long-standing Missouri Compromise and outraged many Northerners, contributing to the collapse of the Whigs and spurring the creation of a new, broad-based anti-slavery party known as the Republican Party.
The 14th president of the United States serving from 1853 to 1857.
He alienated anti-slavery groups by signing the Kansas–Nebraska Act and enforcing the Fugitive Slave Act, and conflict between North and South persisted until southern states seceded and the American Civil War began in 1861.
One of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States.
In 1854, angry with the Kansas–Nebraska Act, anti-slavery Democrats left the party and joined Northern Whigs to form the Republican Party.