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5. The Slave Power Conspiracy: The Kansas-Nebraska Act
About this Lecture
In this module, we look at whether there was a Slave Power conspiracy in the 1850s, by taking a closer look at the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. In particular, we focus on: (i) what was meant by a Slave Power conspiracy; (ii) the Know-Nothing Party and immigration during this period; (iii) the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the rise of the Republican Party; (iv) how the Kansas-Nebraska Act helped convince Northerners that there was a Slave Power conspiracy; (v) the formation and beliefs of the new Republican Party; and (vi) the start of conflict in the Kansas Territory.
In this course, Professor Nicole Etcheson (Ball State University) explores the failures of compromise between North and South during the 1850s. In the first module, we examine the question of whether there could be a compromise on slavery at all. After this, we explore the finality of compromise in the early 1950s by looking at the Wilmot Proviso, the Fugitive Slave Law and political change in the period. From there, we look at whether there was a Slave Power conspiracy in the 1850s by looking at the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the caning of Charles Sumner, Bleeding Kansas, and the setting up of filibuster governments in the period. In the next modules, we explore the presidency of James Buchanan in more detail, exploring the Dred Scott decision, the Utah Territory, the Lecompton Constitution, and the late 1850s economic depression. In the final modules, we look at whether there was an abolitionist conspiracy during the 1850s, exploring the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the raid on Harpers Ferry by John Brown, and the election of 1860.
Professor Nicole Etcheson is Alexander M. Bracken Professor of History at Ball State University. She specialises in the history of the sectional crisis, the Jacksonian era, the Civil War and Reconstruction. She has written widely on these themes, including her book, A Generation at War: The Civil War Era in a Northern Community (2011), which won the 2012 Avery O. Craven Award from the Organization of American Historians for most original book on the Civil War era and the 2012 Best Nonfiction Book of Indiana.
Cite this Lecture
Etcheson, N. (2022, April 21). US History - Failure of Compromise, 1848-61 - The Slave Power Conspiracy: The Kansas-Nebraska Act [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/us-history-failure-of-compromise-1848-61/the-slave-power-conspiracy-the-kansas-nebraska-act
Etcheson, N. "US History - Failure of Compromise, 1848-61 – The Slave Power Conspiracy: The Kansas-Nebraska Act." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 21 Apr 2022, https://www.massolit.io/courses/us-history-failure-of-compromise-1848-61/the-slave-power-conspiracy-the-kansas-nebraska-act