How Kansas was Involved in Abraham Lincoln's Election as President

Feb 22, 2017



(Statue of Abraham Lincoln on the grounds of the Kansas State Capitol)

The region we now know as Kansas came under the control of the United States in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. At that time, though slavery was legal in many states, it was illegal in all federal territories. The Missouri Compromise of 1820, however, repealed the law preventing slavery in federal territories and allowed the Missouri territory to enter the union as a slave state. In 1854 the Kansas-Nebraska act allowed the residents of those two territories to decide the matter for themselves. The potential spread of slavery into these two territories was an outrage to those who opposed the practice, and out of this outrage they formed the Republican Party. The Republicans gained momentum quickly and in a mere 6 years managed to elect a president who was opposed to slavery, the 16th President of the United States of America, Mr. Abraham Lincoln.

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