A name applied to the Kansas Territory in the years before the Civil War, when the territory was a battleground between proslavery and antislavery forces.
A series of congressional measures intended to settle major disagreements between free states and slave states.
The Confederate States of America, a confederation formed in 1861 by the Southern states after their secession from the Union.
A political party formed in 1848 to oppose the extension of slavery into U.S. territories.
The idea, expressed by Stephen Douglas in 1858, that any territory could exclude slavery by simply refusing to pass laws supporting it.
A law enacted as part of the Compromise of 1850, designed to ensure that escaped slaves would be returned into bondage.
A law enacted in 1854 , that established the territories of Kansas and Nebraska and gave their residents the right to decide whether to allow slavery.
A name given to the American Party, formed in the 1850s to curtail the political influence of immigrants.
Favoring the interests of native born people over foreign born people.
Statutes, passed in nine Northern states in the 1850’s, that forbade the imprisonment of runaway slaves and guaranteed jury trials for fugitive slaves.
A system in which residents vote to decide an issue
The modern political party that was formed in 1854 by opponents of slavery in the territories.
The formal withdraw of a state from the Union.
A best selling novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, published in 1852, that portrayed slavery as a great moral evil.
A system of routes along which runaway slaves were helped to escape to Canada or to safe areas in the free states.
An amendment to an 1846 military appropriations bill, proposing that none of the territory acquired in the war with Mexico would be open to slavery.
Crossword puzzles have been published in newspapers and other publications since 1873. They consist of a grid of squares where the player aims to write words both horizontally and vertically.
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