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Pierce signs the Kansas-Nebraska Act

Pierce signs the Kansas-Nebraska Act

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President Franklin Pierce signs the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 into law, effectively nullifying the Missouri Compromise that had been enacted in 1820. By granting popular sovereignty over the issue of slavery in Kansas and Nebraska the compromise voided the ban on slavery, in place since 1820, and essentially began a civil war in Kansas between pro-slavery and abolitionist militias.

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1854
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