How was the South affected in the Kansas-Nebraska Act?

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The Kansas-Nebraska Act affected the South. This law created two new territories. They were the territories of Kansas and Nebraska. In these territories, people would vote to determine if slavery would or wouldn’t exist. This concept was known as popular sovereignty. These territories were North of the 36°30’ line. The...

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The Kansas-Nebraska Act affected the South. This law created two new territories. They were the territories of Kansas and Nebraska. In these territories, people would vote to determine if slavery would or wouldn’t exist. This concept was known as popular sovereignty. These territories were North of the 36°30’ line. The Missouri Compromise banned slavery, except in Missouri, in any area that was North of this line. Now, with the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, it was possible for slavery to exist North of this line. This opened up more areas to where slavery could potentially spread. If the people voted to have slavery, slavery would be allowed to spread to these areas.

The South was affected by the Kansas-Nebraska Act in another way. After the law was passed, the Republican Party formed. This was a northern political party that was against the spread of slavery. By 1860, the Republican Party would win the presidency with the election of Abraham Lincoln. The election of Abraham Lincoln led to the secession of the southern states, which led to the start of the Civil War.

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