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The Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854)


The Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed by the US Congress on May 30, 1854.  It allowed people in the territories of Kansas and Nebraska to decide for themselves whether or not to have slavery within their borders. This Act effectively repealed the Missouri Compromise by codifying the concept of popular sovereignty, eliminating the prohibition of slavery north of the 36-30' latitude.





FINDING SOURCES-The Kansas-Nebraska Act and the formation of the Republican Party

  • Why was there outrage in the North when the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed?
  • Who introduced the concept of popular sovereignty and why?
  • How did this legislation affect the South?
  • What were Lincoln's views on the Kansas-Nebraska Act?
  • What began to happen in Kansas shortly after this law was passed?