Our History Matters Winter Program Series #2 – “Slavery, Freedom and Kansas-Nebraska Act”
February 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
As territories became states, the question of slavery versus free was on everyone’s mind. In the mid-1850s, the Missouri Compromise of 1820 that determined what territories would be free and which would be slave states would be decided based on latitude was falling apart. As Kansas and Nebraska territories were moving toward statehood, the debate was on everyone’s mind. In mid-October 1854, Frederick Douglass arrived in Galena to deliver a political speech concerning the Nebraska Question, working in cooperation with Salmon P. Chase, Joshua Giddings, Cassius M. Clay, and other political abolitionists. Historical re-enactor, Steven Cole, will share through Frederick Douglass’ eyes the events and his speech in Galena.