U.S. territorial growth, 1860

U.S. territorial growth, 1860

U.S. territorial growth, 1860

Nebraska - Nebraska Territory was too far north for slavery to be profitable, and slavery was never in serious contention there. Kansas -Kansas lay north of the Missouri Compromise line -- the southern border of Missouri -- and should therefore have been a free state. But the Kansas-Nebraska Act gave residents the option of forming a slave state, and a war -- "Bleeding Kansas" -- broke out in the territory.

U.S. territorial growth, 1860
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