The Kansas-Nebraska Act allowed the Kansas and Nebraska Territories to decide whether to be free or slave states.
The court ruled that the African Americans were not citizens and therefore could not sue in federal court.
Secede; to formally withdraw
Unionit's; people who wanted to stay in the Union and work out differences over slavery.
Many Texas leaders called for a special meeting of the legislature to consider secession.
In Feb 1861 Texas sent seven delegates to Montgomery, Alabama.
The representatives wrote a constitution that was similar to the U.S. Constitution.
On March 5, 1861, the Texas Secession Convention resembled to write a new state Constitution.
Sam and Margret Houston left Austin and retired to Huntsville, where he died on July 26,1863