The Kansas-Nebraska Territory was supposed to be free according to the Missouri Compromise. Kansas-Nebraska Territory
Senator Steven Douglass wanted a railroad to go from his hometown of Chicago, Illinois to the Pacific Ocean. CHICAGO
Northerners wanted the railroad to run through northern states. Southerners wanted it to run through southern states.
Steven Douglas came up with a plan that would make both Northerners and Southerners happy. 5ft 4in.
Southern senators agreed to putting the railroad in the north IF the northern part of the Louisiana Territory would be opened up to slavery again. Popular sovereignty In 1854, Douglas proposed his new plan, The Kansas-Nebraska Act
The Kansas-Nebraska Act split the territory into two territories: Kansas and Nebraska. Each territory would decide to be slave or free by popular sovereignty (vote)
This caused a mini-Civil War in Kansas People supporting both sides moved in to the territories just to sway the vote
a medical officer in the the army, took Scott to the Illinois and Wisconsin territories which prohibited slavery by the Missouri compromise. Emerson died and his wife inherited Scott
THE BOOK THAT ROCKS THE WORLD Harriet Beecher Stowe wanted to show the world the truth behind slavery. She wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin to do just that. The book portrays slavery as an evil and cruel specter. SYNOPSIS -Uncle Tom is an elderly slave who helps with an escape. He refuses to tell the overseer where the runaway slaves have gone and loses his life for it.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin becomes the 2 nd best selling book in the world, only behind the bible. The book infuriated the south, seeing it as an insult to their culture. The book awakened those in the north who up to this point had not taken slavery serious. Preston Brooks attacks Senator Charles Sumner on the Senate floor