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Reynolds’s Political Map of the United States, ca. 1856

Reynolds’s Political Map of the United States, ca. 1856

This map shows the line drawn by the Missouri Compromise north of which slavery was banned with the exception of Missouri. The Kansas-Nebraska Act, which authorized citizens of those territories to decide the issue of slavery for themselves, nullified part of the Missouri Compromise since Kansas was above that line.

William C. Reynolds and J.C. Jones, hand-colored lithograph map, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress