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The Nebraska-Kansas Act of 1854 turns upside down the traditional way of thinking about one of the most important laws ever passed in American history. The act that created Nebraska and Kansas also, in effect, abolished the Missouri Compromise, which had prohibited slavery in the region since 1820. This bow to local control outraged the nation and led to vicious confrontations, including Kansas’s subsequent mini-civil war. The essays in this volume shift the focus from the violent and influential reaction of “Bleeding Kansas” to the role that Nebraska played in this decisive moment.
 
Essays from both established and new scholars examine the historical context and significance of this statute. They treat American political culture of the 1850s; American territorial history; the roles of Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, and Frederick Douglass in the creation and implementation of the law; the reactions of African Americans to the act; and the comparative impact on Nebraskans and Kansans. At the 150th anniversary of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, as it came to be known, these scholars reexamine the political, social, and personal contexts of this act and its effect on the course of American history.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Maps
  2. p. viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. 1. "An Eclipse of the Sun": The Nebraska-Kansas Act in Historical Perspective
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 2. The Kansas-Nebraska Act in American Political Culture: The Road to Bladensburg and the Appeal of the Independent Democrats
  2. pp. 13-46
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  1. 3. Nebraska and Kansas Territories in American Legal Culture: Territorial Statutory Context
  2. pp. 47-66
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  1. 4. Stephen A. Douglas and the Kansas-Nebraska Act
  2. pp. 67-92
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  1. 5. Lincoln's Fireball: The Kansas-Nebraska Act
  2. pp. 93-112
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  1. 6. Frederick Douglass and the Kansas-Nebraska Act: From Reformer to Revolutionary
  2. pp. 113-128
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  1. 7. Unpopular Sovereignty: African American Resistance and Reactions to the Kansas-Nebraska Act
  2. pp. 129-158
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  1. 8. Where Popular Sovereignty Worked: Nebraska Territory and the Kansas-Nebraska Act
  2. pp. 159-181
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  1. Appendix: The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854
  2. pp. 183-207
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 209-211
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 213-220
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803248168
MARC Record
OCLC
232607453
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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