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The Stormy PresentConservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics, 1846-1865$
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Adam I. P. Smith

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469633893

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633893.001.0001

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Storm over Kansas

Storm over Kansas

Slavery Expansion and the Problem of Violence

(p.68) Chapter Three Storm over Kansas
The Stormy Present

Adam I. P. Smith

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the impact of the Kansas Nebraska Act on Northerner’s political assumptions. The violence in the Kansas Territory that resulted from the imposition of popular sovereignty drove Northerners to make difficult choices about the best path to securing political stability. The 1856 presidential election was therefore essentially a contest among candidates each of whom posed as a conservative.

Keywords:   Kansas Nebraska Act, Stephen A. Douglas, Violence, Slave Power, Conservatism, 1856 Presidential Election

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