Kansas Nebraska Act

1854

What is it?

The Kansas Nebraska act was passed yesterday, creating the territories of Kansas and Nebraska, which opened new lands for settlement, and repealed the Missouri compromise by allowing the white male settlers to determine by popular sovereignty if slavery shall be allowed or not.

Sectional Tension

Although this bill has superficially resolved a problem, it is increasing the tension and hatred between the north and south. The North does not like this act because they feel that all slavery should be outlawed in these territories, while the south generally supports the act. Northerns also feel that the compromise of 1820 is being ignored, so they will ignore the compromise of and 1850, therefore they will ignore the fugitive slave laws. Vengeance and animosity are on the rise.