Slavery In 1854: The Kansas-Nebraska Act

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In 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed, making the decision of whether or not the Western states’ would have allow slavery based off of popular sovereignty. The act gave hope to southerners to expand slavery but angered the anti-slavery northerners. The act pitted anti-slavery and pro-slavery forces against each other for control of the new territories. To increase the numbers of anti-slavery, the northerners formed a company to help anti-slavery families move to the new territories. Pro-slavery forced did the same thing to counter what the north was trying to do. Tensions grew and violence spread, eventually becoming what was known as Bleeding Kansas.
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