Winthrop D. Jordan, Miriam Greenblatt, and John S. Bowes, The Americans: A History (Evanston, IL: McDougal, Little & Company, 1991), 340.
The Kansas-Nebraska Act inflamed opinions in both the North and South. Although popular sovereignty seemed a logical way of decided the fundamental issue of slavery in the territories, events showed that it did not work. One crucial question remained: When should settlers decided about slavery? Should they do so before the territory had an official government, after, or when the territory became a state? The question was never really settled. Instead, a minor war broke out in Kansas.