The kansas-nebraska act: abraham lincoln and stephen a douglas library of congress douglas ruthlessly dumped the canonized principle in favor of expediency. Graham a peck historical research and narrative the kansas-nebraska act of 1854 is justly famous the saga of the act began on january 4, 1854, when senator stephen a douglas of illinois reported a bill to organize nebraska territory, which lay directly west of the states iowa and missouri. Lincoln saw, in the kansas-nebraska act, an attempt to alter the fundamental moral principle of the american regime it is perhaps more accurate to say that lincoln saw in the act an attempt to remove the idea of moral truth as the basis of american political life. Jayhawkers vs bushwhackers that began with the passage of the kansas-nebraska act in 1854 illegally crossed into kansas to vote in favor of slavery and. The transformation occurred, says miller, when the kansas-nebraska act provoked him to make opposition to slavery his central purpose, and so saw him suddenly lifted up from having been an ordinary politician, dealing with legislative committees and party calculations, with rivers and harbors and quorum calls and appeals to the german vote, to.
The provisions of the missouri compromise forbidding slavery in the former louisiana territory north of the parallel 36°30′ north were effectively repealed by stephen a douglas's kansas-nebraska act of 1854. Home pre-civil war dred scott speech at springfield, june 26, 1857 abraham lincoln stephen a douglas spoke about utah, kansas-nebraska act, the unrest in kansas and the dred scott decision to an audience in springfield in june 1857. The kansas-nebraska act included an explicit repeal of the missouri compromise true the kansas-nebraska act played a major role in the demise of the whig party.
Lincoln loses first of the lincoln-douglas debates on slavery legislation he had introduced the kansas-nebraska act this act permitted incoming states to. Need help winning an argument ask a kansas high-schooler conceived amid a debate over the 1854 kansas-nebraska act, which forced residents to take sides over slavery douglas drew. Popular sovereignty was invoked in the compromise of 1850 and later in the kansas-nebraska act (1854) the tragic events in bleeding kansas exposed the doctrine's shortcomings, as pro- and anti-slavery forces battled each other to effect the outcome they wished.
The kansas-nebraska act of 1854 created the territories of kansas and nebraska, opened new lands, repealed the missouri compromise of 1820, and allowed settlers in those territories to determine if they would allow slavery within their boundaries. — senator william seward, on the passage of the kansas-nebraska act, may 1854 stephen douglas' success in getting the kansas-nebraska bill through congress is perhaps the greatest pyrhhic victory in american legislative history. Transcript of kansas-nebraska act (1854) an act to organize the territories of nebraska and kansas before they act as such, respectively take an oath or. The kansas-nebraska act implemented the concept of popular sovereignty to decide whether to admit kansas as a free or slave state abolitionist and proslavery groups competed for control of the territory that would soon become known as bleeding kansas.
But he responded with a principled argument which won over many of his critics on slavery in the kansas-nebraska act in favor of executing in good faith. The kansas-nebraska act brought abraham lincoln back into politics but it also ended stephen douglas' climb to the presidency in 1856 the democrats nominated james buchanan, in part because he was untainted by kansas-nebraska and the subsequent violence in the territory. An argument in favor of the kansas-nebraska act 379 words 1 page the three major causes of the major cause of civil war in the united states 1,083 words 2 pages. The kansas-nebrask act was an 1854 bill that mandated popular sovereignty-allowing settlers of a territory to decide whether slavery would be allowed within a new state's borders.
The kansas-nebraska act of 1854 established the idea that residents of states could decide for themselves the issue of slavery, and that led to violent encounters in kansas beginning in 1855 while blood was being spilled in kansas, another violent attack shocked the nation, especially as it took place on the floor of the united states senate. Stephen douglas, the sponsor of the kansas-nebraska act as well as the most vocal supporter of popular sovereignty, was known as the little giant because of his small stature the kansas-nebraska act of 1854 may have been the single most significant event leading to the civil war by the early. The argument of necessity was the only argument they ever admitted in favor of slavery and so far, and so far only as it carried them, did they ever go they found the institution existing among us, which they could not help and they cast blame upon the british king for having permitted its introduction.