Senator Charles Sumner is beaten with a cane!

Kansas-Nebraska Act

The Kansas-Nebraska Act was signed in the 1850s, just before the Civil War by President Franklin Pierce. Just when things between the north and south weren't on great terms, Kansas and Nebraska made situations worse. The person who made Pierce sign the Kansas-Nebraska Act was Senator Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois. The Kansas-Nebraska Act allowed each territory to decide the issue of slavery on the idea of popular sovereignty, meaning the people get to decide on whether their area is open to slavery or not. Making Kansas open to slavery would violate the Missouri Compromise. The long standing compromise had to be repealed when this Act was signed. The bill passed in May of 1854. The Northerners, who didn't agree with being open to slavery, were angered by the final decision of allowing this Act to go through.