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ERIC Number: EJ947826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0275-7664
Public Opinion Is More than Law: Popular Sovereignty and Vigilantism in the Nebraska Territory
Kammer, Sean M.
Great Plains Quarterly, v31 n4 p309-324 Fall 2011
After months of intense debate, Congress finally passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act on May 30, 1854, largely along sectional lines. Over the next several years Kansas Territory became "Bleeding Kansas" as violence erupted between pro-slavery and free-state factions. While scholars continue to debate the true causes of the fighting in Kansas, there is a strong consensus that the conflict was fundamentally shaped by the national political debate over the extension of slavery--if not by the slavery issue itself. Bleeding Kansas occurred at a time when one type of vigilante group, the "claim club," was becoming widespread across not only Kansas but also in places such as Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Montana, and California.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas; Nebraska