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The F Street MessHow Southern Senators Rewrote the Kansas-Nebraska Act$
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Alice Elizabeth Malavasic

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469635521

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635521.001.0001

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(p.60) Chapter Three Nebraska
The F Street Mess

Alice Elizabeth Malavasic

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the discovery of the South Pass through the Rocky Mountains and its impact on western expansion. It also looks at the growing sectional divisions over slavery’s expansion, the congressional debate over the route for the first transcontinental railroad, and Stephen Douglas’ efforts to organize the Nebraska territory. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the political feud between Missouri’s two senators, David Rice Atchison and Thomas Hart Benton, and its impact on the future organization of Nebraska.

Keywords:   Nebraska, Missouri Compromise, Western expansion, South Pass, Railroads, Slavery, Stephen Douglas, David Rice Atchison, Thomas Hart Benton

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