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Stephen Douglas wanted to organize the territory so he asked David Atchison to make a compromise with him called the Kansas/Nebraska Act that said the people could vote on slavery in those territories. So technically it was both of those guys.

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What was the position of the south with regard to slavery in the Kansas territory?

Congress did not have the power to make rules about slavery in the kansas territory.


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