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The controversial Kansas-Nebraska Bill... Slave case of Anthony Burns...
Item # 652008
June 1, 1854
THE NATIONAL ERA, Washington, D.C., June 1, 1854 pages 2 and 4 have a great deal of reporting on the discussion is Congress concerning the Kansas-Nebraska Act. It was signed into law on May 30, 1854, the day prior to this issue.
The Kansas-Nebraska Act was an 1854 bill that mandated “popular sovereignty", allowing settlers of a territory to decide whether slavery would be allowed within a new state’s borders. The conflicts that arose between pro-slavery and anti-slavery settlers in the aftermath of the act’s passage led to the period of violence known as Bleeding Kansas, and helped paved the way for the American Civil War.
Page 2 begins with: "The Deed Done--How It Was Done--A New Capitulation" with considerable detail on the discussions. The bkpg. is headed: "The Closing Scene!" with the text beginning: "The passage of the Kansas-Nebraska bill in the House of Representatives was marked by a series of outrageous proceedings..." with much verbatim reporting of the discussion.
Terrific to have this reporting in a newspaper from the city where the bill was created.
As an added bit of interest is a page 2 report headed :"Slave Case in Boston--Popular Excitement" with yet another article on him as well (see). This is the notable case of slave Anthony Burns about whom much is available on the internet.
Four pages, good condition. The folder size noted is for the issue folded in half.
Category: Pre-Civil War