The Civil War: The Kansas-Nebraska Act

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The Kansas-Nebraska Act has been called the most significant law ever enacted by the Congress of the United States. It was called the most significant law ever enacted because it allowed people in the territories of Kansas and Nebraska to decide for themselves whether or not to allow slavery within their borders. The law had three major features, which were a larger territory of Nebraska was dissected into two smaller territories, Kanas and Nebraska, the dissolution of the Missouri compromise, and the new territories would determine its slavery status based on popular sovereignty. When the new law went into effect pro-slavery and anti-slavery settlers rushed to Kansas, each side hoping to determine the results of the first election. Instead …show more content…
It was the bloodiest single day fight in American history, with more than 23,000 setbacks. The Union triumph there prompted the Emancipation Proclamation. Gettysburg and Vicksburg i had major impacts such that Gettysburg was a union that stopped Robert Lee in the North and Vicksburg gave the union army control over the Mississippi River. The political effect of Sherman’s capture in Atlanta was politically important as it convinced many people in the North that the war would soon end, and in fact aided in the re-election of Abraham Lincoln. Up to that point, Lincoln 's re-election had been questionable. This effected the outcome of the war because the Emancipation Proclamation discouraged the British and French governments from potential plans for recognition of the Confederacy. This turned the tide in the Civil War. The Confederates were losing soldiers while the North recruited more, including African American soldiers. The tide turned, and in the end, the Union won. So although the result of the battle was inconclusive, but the north did win a strategic advantage. After Sherman’s capture Sherman instructed the Union strengths of the Western Theater. The principle Union power in this fight was …show more content…
Scott then got another suit government court. Scott 's lord kept up that no immaculate blooded Negro of African plunge and the relative of slaves could be a national in the feeling of Article III of the Constitution. At the point when the Army requested his lord to retreat to Missouri, he brought Scott with him back to that slave state, where his lord kicked the bucket. In 1846, Scott was aided by (abolitionist servitude) legal advisors to sue for his opportunity in court, asserting he ought to be free since he had lived on free soil for quite a while. The case went the distance to the United States Supreme Court. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Roger B. Taney, was a previous slave proprietor from Maryland. The United States Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, declared that all blacks - slaves as well as free - were not and could never become citizens of the United States. Court’s majority decided that because Scott was black, he was not a citizen and therefore had no right to sue. The framers of the Constitution, believed that blacks had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit. He was bought and sold and treated as an ordinary article of merchandise and traffic,

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