Vital Signs October 2000 A Southern Braveheart By H.A. Scott Trask It can be argued that the War Between the States began not at Fort Sumter but along the Missouri-Kansas border in the mid-1850's. The passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854 meant that the future of slavery in the territories would be decided by the majority of settlers. To read the full article, please sign in or create a free account to view Chronicles content for 30 days. H.A. Scott Trask H.A. Scott Trask is an independent historian from eastern Missouri.