Revolution and Colonies

Articles on the Founding Fathers, and the culture and history of the Revolutionary and pre-Revolutionary eras


The Kansas Nebraska Act of 1854

The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854

The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 (10 Stat. 277) was an organic act that created the territories of Kansas and Nebraska. The Kansas-Nebraska Act The controversy over the Kansas Nebraska Act proved too much for the ramshackle Whig Party, which was torn apart by sectional...
Bleeding Kansas Significance

The Significance of Bleeding Kansas

Bleeding Kansas, Bloody Kansas or the Border War was a series of violent civil confrontations in the United States between 1854 and 1861 which emerged from a political and ideological debate over the legality of slavery in the proposed state of Kansas. Bleeding Kansas...
what happened in the compromise of 1850

What happened in the compromise of 1850?

What happened in the compromise of 1850? The Compromise of 1850 was a series of acts that dealt with issues related to slavery and territorial expansion. The issue of slavery in the territories, along with several outstanding issues between the sections, would...
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Free Soil Movement Definition US History

Definition of the Free Soil Movement

The Free Soil Movement (1848–54) was a minor but influential political party in the pre-Civil War period of American history that opposed the extension of slavery into the western territories. Free Soil Movement  Whig candidate Zachary Taylor, for example, took no...
Confederate States of America

A Summary of the Confederate States of America

The Confederate States of America (CSA or C.S.) — commonly referred to as the Confederacy — was an unrecognized republic in North America that existed from 1861 to 1865. Confederate States of America The prohibition of slavery in the territories advocated by the...
White Slavery in Colonial America

White Slavery in Colonial America

White slavery in Colonial America, from 1600 to 1776, developed from complex factors, and researchers have proposed several theories to explain the development of the institution of slavery and of the slave trade. White Slavery in Colonial America Wilmot introduced...
Missouri Compromise of 1820

The Missouri Compromise of 1820

The Missouri Compromise of 1820 was the legislation that provided for the admission of Maine to the United States as a free state along with Missouri as a slave state, thus maintaining the balance of power between North and South in the United States Senate. The...
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States Rights Amendment Facts Reasoning

The States Rights Amendment

The states rights amendment was drafted because the states were concerned about the power of a Federal government. What does it mean now? States Rights Amendment It is hard to find fault with Upshur’s reasoning. Opponents of the idea always seem to fall back on some...
Nullification Crisis Civil War Facts Significance

Nullification Crisis: Catalysis for the Civil War

The Nullification Crisis, in U.S. history, was the confrontation between the state of South Carolina and the federal government in 1832–33 over the former’s attempt to declare null and void within the state the federal Tariffs of 1828 and 1832. Nullification Crisis...
Nullification Crisis Summary Facts, Significance

A Nullification Crisis Summary

The Nullification Crisis was a United States sectional political crisis in 1832–33, during the presidency of Andrew Jackson, which involved a confrontation between the state of South Carolina and the federal government. Nullification Crisis Summary: South Carolina...
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