Bleeding Kansas


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  • Hi, I'm Franklin Pierce and I'm happy because the balance between free and slave states is equal.
  • That means no sectional conflict between the North and South!
  • Hi, I'm from Nebraska and I want to join as a free state!
  • And I'm from Kansas! I want to join the US as a slave state!
  • But wait! Kansas is above the 36°30′, which means it should be a free state according to the Missouri Compromise!
  • However, we can't add two free states either! It would disrupt the balance in Congress!
  • Well, I've come up with a compromise in the Kansas-Nebraska Act.
  • The people of each state will be able to decide for themselves!
  • Nebraska will obviously become a free state.
  • But we can go to Kansas and vote for slavery illegally!
  • I'm sure the abolitionists won't have a similar idea!
  • And thus, "Bleeding Kansas" began, which saw the anti-slavery and pro-slavery supporters violently fighting in a territorial war. The conflict would continue for 7 years until Kansas would finally enter the USA as a free state. 
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