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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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The F Street Mess

Alice Elizabeth Malavasic

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the institutional power of the F Street Mess during the 33rd Congress including their influence over President Franklin Pierce and Stephen Douglas, the author of the proposed Kansas-Nebraska bill. The chapter concludes with a discussion of how the F Street Mess forced a rewrite of the bill’s language which repealed the original 1820 restriction against slavery above the 36 30 and replaced it with the principle of congressional non-intervention, better known as popular sovereignty.

Keywords:   Kansas-Nebraska, Stephen Douglas, David Rice Atchison, Philip Phillips, F Street Mess, United States Senate, slavery, Missouri Compromise, Popular Sovereignty

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