Analysis of The Shattering of The Union by Eric H. Walther

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Analysis of The Shattering of The Union by Eric H. Walther

In Eric H. Walther’s, “The Shattering of The Union”, the question of

the Kansas Nebraska Act came along during 1854. The Kansas-Nebraska

Act infuriated many in the North who considered the Missouri

Compromise to be a long-standing binding agreement. In the pro-slavery

South it was strongly supported.

On March 4, 1854, the Senate approved The Kansas-Nebraska Act with

only two southerners and four northerners voting against it. On May

22, the House of Representatives approved it and by May 30, 1854, The

Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed by the U.S. Congress. It allowed people

in the territories of Kansas and Nebraska to decide for themselves

whether or not to allow slavery within their borders. The Act served

to repeal the Missouri Compromise of 1820 which prohibited slavery

north of latitude 36°30´.

Results of the Kansas-Nebraska Act were numerous and for the most part

fatal to the country. The Act caused the Missouri Compromise and the

Compromise of 1850 to be virtually nullified, and caused compromising

between the North and the South to be nearly impossible in the future.

The Democratic Party was sectionally shattered by the Kansas-Nebraska

Act, but it also gave birth to the Republicans. Ultimately, the

Kansas-Nebraska Act would lead to a sectional rift in the country that

would prove too deep to patch up without war.

During the year of 1855, Governor Andrew Reeder called for an election

for a legislature for the state o Kansas. He carefully planned out

the election to make it fair by appointed two Free Soilers and one

proslavery judges and several supervisors. This was a good idea by

the Governor but in all reality, it would never be successful at this

point in time. The Emigrand Aid Society sent 20,000 men to try and

override the election while the South Band sent 5,000 people across

the Missouri armed and dangerous. The men were ready, “to kill every

God-damned abolitionist in the Territory.” These men did their jobs

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