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The Kansas-Nebraska Act


The Kansas-Nebraska Act was the brainchild of Stephen A. Douglas, U. S. Senator from Illinois and Democratic Presidential nominee in 1852. His goal really had nothing to do with Kansas, Nebraska or slavery, he simply wanted the western rail route to come out of Chicago. Unfortunately, the act created a small regional war (see Bleeding Kansas) that some scholars believe simply boiled over start of the American Civil War.



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The Kansas-Nebraska Act was added in 2005





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