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Political History of America’s Wars is the first reference work to explore the legislative, social, and policy aspects of America’s major wars, rebellions, and insurrections. This volume weaves together important primary source documents, informative biographies, and in-depth essays to provide coverage of the political antecedents, events, and consequences of America’s wars, from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Chapter 15. Civil War Prelude (1854–1861)
Chapter 15. Civil War prelude (1854–1861)
At Issue

During the turbulent decade leading up to the Civil War, the Kansas-Nebraska Act introduced “popular sovereignty,” making the question of whether a territory would enter the Union as a slave state or a free state a matter for the local population, not the federal government, to decide. Proslavery and antislavery settlers in Kansas wanted to ensure, by any ...

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