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The Kansas–Nebraska Act: Interactive Map

Map of Kansas and Nebraska in Colton's Atlas of the World Illustrating Physical and Political Geography  (1855).
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Map of Kansas and Nebraska in Colton's Atlas of the World Illustrating Physical and Political Geography (1855).

Compelling Question: To what extent did the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 reduce sectionalism in the U.S.?

An interactive political and demographic map of the U.S. in 1854 that allows users to see the economic, demographic, and political makeup of regions and states at the time. The Kansas–Nebraska Act of 1854: Popular sovereignty allowed the settlers of a federal territory to decide the slavery question without interference from Congress.