Kansas-Nebraska Act

Definition of "Kansas-Nebraska Act"
  1. A pivotal change in United States policy regarding the spread of slavery into new territories that asserted the notion of popular sovereignty over legislative directives. This act was established in response to the previously enforced Missouri Compromise of 1820, which had banned slavery within the northern part of the territory acquired through the Louisiana Purchase, except for Missouri. Democratic Senator Stephen A. Douglas championed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, enabling the new territories of Kansas and Nebraska to decide on the issue of slavery through popular sovereignty, an approach previously adopted for New Mexico and Utah during the Compromise of 1850. The Act's implementation led to the birth of the Republican Party.
How to use "Kansas-Nebraska Act" in a sentence
  1. The Kansas-Nebraska Act sparked a crucial policy shift about slavery's spread into new territories.
  2. Following passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the debate over slavery intensified, culminating in the establishment of the Republican Party.
  3. The Kansas-Nebraska Act allowed the territories to decide about slavery, embracing the principle of popular sovereignty.

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