The Civil War in the West

Schott, Webster
July 1955
New Republic;7/11/55, Vol. 133 Issue 2, p20
This article focuses on the book "Civil War on the Western Border, 1854-1865," by Jay Monaghan. The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, which opened the Kansas territory for settlement and abrogated the Missouri Compromise excluding slavery in most of the Louisiana Territory, was one of the catastrophes in American history. For the race was on in squatter sovereignty, and the Civil War had begun although it might not have been declared. When the official Civil War began the Missourians and Kansans were already veterans. But again the noble motives and heroic deeds we like to associate with the Civil War were lacking.


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