Idea popularized by Stephen A. Douglas that territories and states could decide whether they would allow slavery. The idea was in direct contradiction with the Dred Scott Decision, which was the law of the land.
The Civil War
The Civil War was one of the most devastating events in American History. Read about the causes, see the heroes, and share the horror. Start here.
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The Kansas-Nebraska Act
More about the controversial, historic act.