The Slippery Slope

in The Constitution in Congress

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780226129167
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226131160 | DOI:
The Slippery Slope

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Popular conventions in Mississippi and Georgia rejected secession and agreed to respect the new compromise, and Mississippi went so far as to deny the right to secede. The Kansas–Nebraska Act effectively repealed the Missouri Compromise, which had banned slavery in parts of the Louisiana Purchase outside Missouri and north of its southern border. A bill was introduced to organize the Nebraska Territory, west of Iowa and Missouri, as early as 1844. Missouri Senator David Atchison made clear he would oppose it so long as the Missouri Compromise made slavery impossible there. After a series of amendments that were progressively more explicit as to the fate of the compromise line, the bill as enacted created two territories rather than one, promising them both statehood “with or without slavery” as their people might decide, just as Congress had provided for Utah and New Mexico in 1850.

Keywords: Kansas–Nebraska Act; Missouri Compromise; slavery; Nebraska Territory; New Mexico

Chapter.  20236 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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