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8. Dred Scott, Bleeding Kansas, and the Impending Crisis of the Union, 1855-58

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The Civil War and Reconstruction (HIST 119)

Professor Blight continues his march through the political events of the 1850s. Blight continues his description of the aftermath of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, describing the guerilla war that reigned in the territory of Kansas for much of 1856. The lecture continues, describing the caning of Senator Charles Sumner on the floor of the US Senate and the birth of the Republican party. The lecture concludes with the near-victory of Republican candidate John C. Fremont in the presidential election of 1856, and the passage of the Dred Scott decision in 1857.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction: The Passing of the Kansas-Nebraska Act
07:43 - Chapter 2. The Early Republican Party
21:32 - Chapter 3. Bleeding Kansas and the Beating of Charles Sumner
37:31 - Chapter 4. Fremont's Near-Victory and the Failure of the Lecompton Constitution
47:01 - Chapter 5. The Case of Dred Scott and Conclusion

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses

This course was recorded in Spring 2008.

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