Anti-Nebraska Party

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The Anti-Nebraska Party was an American political party formed in response to the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 (at the time, the name "Nebraska" could loosely refer to areas west of the Missouri River). Its founders, including Salmon P. Chase, held deep moral opposition to slavery, and were thus appalled by legislation that could lead to more slave-holding states. The Anti-Nebraska Party was created wholly to oppose the extension slavery; it eventually morphed into the Republican Party.

This party was, in essence, an offshoot of the Know-Nothing party. Once the core reason for the Know Nothing party, anti-immigrant reform, had lost favor in the public eye its leader changed the message of the party. In almost every area in which the Know Nothings were powerful the Anti-Nebraska party carried in subsequent elections.

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