Franklin Pierce: Failed to Quell the Winds of Civil War

Born today was Franklin Pierce,

While president, sectional strife was fierce.

An irrepressible conflict was fact

When he  signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act.

"The Kansas-Nebraska Act was an 1854 bill that mandated "popular sovereignty"--allowing settlers of a territory to decide whether slavery would be allowed within a new state's borders. Proposed by Stephen A. Douglas--Abraham Lincoln's opponent in the influential Lincoln-Douglas debates--the bill overturned the Missouri Compromise's use of latitude as the boundary between slave and free territory. The conflicts that arose between pro-slavery and anti-slavery settlers in the aftermath of the act's passage led to the period of violence known as Bleeding Kansas, and helped paved the way for the American Civil War (1861-65)" []


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  • When required to memorize Presidents, Fillmore Pierced Buchanan helped a bit. There were 9 fewer Presidents then, though.

    Also, you have a problem with your second image link.

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