The Nebraska-Kansas Act of 1854 / Edition 1

The Nebraska-Kansas Act of 1854 / Edition 1

by John R. Wunder
     
 

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 toSee more details below

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803248229
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Series:
Law in the American West Series, #10
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

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1 "An Eclipse of the Sun": The Nebraska-Kansas Act in Historical Perspective John R. Wunder Wunder, John R. Joann M. Ross Ross, Joann M. 1

2 The Kansas-Nebraska Act in American Political Culture: The Road to Bladensburg and the Appeal of the Independent Democrats Mark E. Neely, Jr. Neely, Mark E., Jr. 13

3 Nebraska and Kansas Territories in American Legal Culture: Territorial Statutory Context Brenden Rensink Rensink, Brenden 47

4 Stephen A. Douglas and the Kansas-Nebraska Act James A. Rawley Rawley, James A. 67

5 Lincoln's Firebell: The Kansas-Nebraska Act Phillip S. Paludan Paludan, Phillip S. 93

6 Frederick Douglass and the Kansas-Nebraska Act: From Reformer to Revolutionary Tekla Ali Johnson Johnson, Tekla Ali 113

7 Unpopular Sovereignty: African American Resistance and Reactions to the Kansas-Nebraska Act Walter C. Rucker Rucker, Walter C. 129

8 Where Popular Sovereignty Worked: Nebraska Territory and the Kansas-Nebraska Act Nicole Etcheson Etcheson, Nicole 159

App The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 183

Contributors 209

Index 213

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