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Detail: US map of 1856 shows free and slave states and populations. Reynolds's Political Map of the United States
March 3, 1820

The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854: States’ Rights and Slavery

The manuscripts gathered here follow the course of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, from being ratified by President Franklin Pierce to Pierce defending it after his presidency. We also look back to Pierce’s presidential predecessor, Millard Fillmore, ruminating over an impending race war after reading Harriet Beecher-Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Also present in this collection is the reaction of Abraham Lincoln to the bill when he was still an Illinois circuit attorney.



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