This act organized two new territories, Kansas and Nebraska, and allowed the settlers of each territory to decide if they wanted slavery. The Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Franklin Pierce in May 1854. The Kansas-Nebraska Act was controversial because it allowed the spread of slavery into new territories.
Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854
Popular Sovereignty: Bleeding Kansas:
The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 was created to help increase the number of slave states in the Union. The Act was proposed by Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois and was enacted by the 34th Congress. The Act was one of the events leading up to the American Civil War in 1861.
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