Popular Sovereignty and Westward Expansion
The Kansas-Nebraska Act and Bleeding Kansas
How was popular sovereignty fueled by personal greed? How did it fuel the flames of sectionalism? What effects of this act were so controversial?
- This was the best Bill presented to congress because it..."...[Removes] all past compromises with slavery and makes all future compromises impossible. Thus it puts freedom and slavery face to face and bids them to grapple. Who can doubt the result?" ~ Charles Sumner, Senator, Massachusetts.
The Sack of Lawrence - Brief reading (1 webpage)
The Pottawatomie Creek Massacre - Brief reading (1 webpage)
The Brooks-Sumner Affair 1 - Brief reading (1 webpage)
The Brooks-Sumner Affair 2 - Brief reading (1 webpage)
The Dred Scott Decision Lesson
Prior related blog posts: "November 15, 2010-Yale Lectures on this week's topics" - includes video