Bleeding Kansas


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  • Have you heard? The Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed yesterday!
  • Really?! I can't wait to go to Kansas!
  • "Let's go to Kansas!"
  • Oh, no!! Our headquarters!
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act - President Franklin Pierce helped Stephan A. Douglas to get his proposal. The proposal circulated around the idea of splitting the huge western territory into two separate territories. One of the territories would be a slave state while the other would be a free state. The law was passed, after months of struggle, in May 1854. All attention was focused on the west and the race for possession of Kansas had begun
  • Border Ruffians - Thousands from the slave state of Missouri, led by David Atchison, crossed into the state of Kansas with their revolvers cocked and voted illegally. They won fraudulent majority for the proslavery candidates, who set up a government at Lecompton and promtly issued a series of proslavery acts.
  • The Sack of Lawrence - The town of Lawrence was founded by antislavery settlers and the inhabitants of Lawrence were condemned traitors by a proslavery grand jury. A proslavery group swept into Lawrence to carry out the grand jury's will. They burned down the antislavery headquarters, destroyed two newspapers' printing presses, and looted many house and stores.
  • Pottawatomie Massacre - John Brown set out for revenge. He had gotten the mistaken impression that the proslavery posses in Lawrence had killed 5 men. He and his men pulled 5 men from their beds in the proslavery settlement. They hacked off their hands, and stabbed them with broadswords
  • After the Pottawatomie Massacre, dozens of violent incidents occurred, all triggered by the Pottawatomie Massacre. Roughly 200 people died in these incidents
  • "Bleeding Kansas" - The territory of Kansas soon got the name "Bleeding Kansas" because it had become a violent battlefield in a civil war.
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