By: A.J. Makinen
Why was it enacted?
- Stephen A. Douglas wanted a for sure northern transcontinental railroad that would help his home state, Illinois.
- He wanted to bring the Nebraska territory under control.
- It served to appeal the Missouri Compromise, which didn't allow slavery above the latitude 36 degrees 30' mark.
Stephen A. Douglas
What happened after the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed and what did it lead to?
The North was mad at this act and South liked it. Antislavery and Proslavery supporters quickly settled into the territories of Kansas. The Proslavery group won the first political election, but was charged with fraud. Violence broke out after a boycott of the next election and was soon called "Bleeding Kansas" as the death numbers rose. Then-president, Franklin Pierce, sent in troops to stop the violence. A third election broke out and proslavery settlers won, but they were charged with fraud, again. Congress didn't know the constitution of Kansas, and therefore, they weren't admitted as a state.
American History McDougal Littell Book