Civil War

Jenny Lor

Kansas Nebraska Act

In the early 1850s settlers would not move there because they could not legally hold a claim on the land. The leader behind the Kansas-Nebraska Act was Senator Stephan A. Douglas of Illinois. He wanted to see Nebraska made into a territory and, to win southern support, and to proposed a southern state inclined to support slavery. It was his desire to build a transcontinental railroad to go through Chicago.

The Kansas-Nebraska Act allowed:

  • Each territory to decide the issue of slavery on the basis of popular sovereignty.
  • The bill was passed in May of 1854.
  • Passage of the bill split the Whig Party.