Lithographic map. Printed area 460 x 300mm, 18 x 12". Trimmed lower left for binding, wear at folds, blind stamp of the 'Manchester Free Library 1851' in map area. Creases as normal.
A map of the proposed boundary between the new territories of Kansas and Nebraska, prepared for the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, and published in the Congressonal Record. 'The Kansas-Nebraska Act' was one of the milestones en route to the American Civil War: when the territories were opened up for settlement it was decided to give them a free vote about whether to allow slavery or not. Agitators for both sides poured in, including the infamous John Brown and his sons, who murdered five pro-slavery farmers with a broadsword. The dispute also split the traditional political parties, the Democrats & Whigs, with the dissenters turning to the naisant Republicans. The major political camps were now divided geographically, Republicans for the North and Democrats for the south.
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