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‘A house divided against itself can not stand’ I believe this government can not endure permanently, half slave, and half free . . . I do not expect the Union to be dissolved - I do not expect the house to fall; but I do expect it will cease to be divided . . . Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and put it in course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward till it shall become alike lawful in all the states, old, as well as new.
Glossary Term – Event
Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which overturned the Missouri Compromise. This opened Kansas and Nebraska to white settlement and allowed popular sovereignty to determine slave- or free-state status in territories seeking statehood. The act destroyed the Whig Party, divided the Democratic Party, and prompted the creation the Republican Party. The author of this legislation was Senator Stephen A. Douglas, who had pushed the Compromise of 1850 through Congress. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Territories, Douglas had proposed...
Glossary Term – Place
The 36°30′ line was the latitude designated by the Missouri Compromise of 1820 as the boundary between free and slave territory in the Louisiana Purchase. In the Compromise, Missouri was admitted to the Union as a slave state, and slavery was banned in the rest of the Louisiana Purchase north of the 36°30′ line. That boundary became meaningless, however, when the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 repealed the Compromise and employed popular sovereignty in determining slave or free status in the territory.
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