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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.143) Chapter SixKansas
The F Street Mess

Alice Elizabeth Malavasic

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the internecine warfare that erupts in Kansas after the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act known as Bleeding Kansas. It focuses David Rice Atchison’s leadership of proslavery forces on the ground in Kansas while the remaining members of the Mess lead the senate fight for passage of Kansas’ proslavery constitution. The chapter concludes with the caning of Charles Sumner and the northern democracy’s devastating loses in the 1856 elections.

Keywords:   Bleeding Kansas, David Rice Atchison, Lecompton, Topeka, John Brown, Charles Sumner, Andrew Pickens Butler, Democrats, United States Senate, Dred Scott

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