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In three days the Kansas-Nebraska Act would be the law of the land...

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May 27, 1854

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., May 27, 1854  

* Kansas-Nebraska Act - slavery question

The front page begins some reports from "Congress" relating to the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Then further on there are reports from the Senate with a subhead: "Nebraska and Kansas Bill".
Over half of page 2 is taken up with the: "Debate In Senate - The Nebraska Question" with such great detail, only portions seen in the photos.
Page 3 begins a full column taken up with: "Death and Burial of the Missouri Compromise", which the Kansas-Nebraska Act would replace.  It would become law in just 3 days: May 30, 1854.
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.
Nice coverage from the final days of the debate, and great to have this content in this revered newspaper from the nation's capital.
Four pages, a small piece from the top corner of the back leaf not affecting any text, very nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War