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The Conflict started with the Kansas-Nebraska act that declared the territories to be determined a free or slave state by the state's populous.
From there, pro-slavery and anti-slavery supporters alike flocked into the Kansas Territory.
From the South came the "Border Ruffians" in favor of Pro-Slavery.
From the North came the "Free-Staters" with Anti-slavery ideals.
Border Ruffians believed that their individual rights allowed them to bring "property", actually meaning slaves, into the Kansas Territory.
Border Ruffians based this belief off of themes such as Manifest Destiny.
Free-Staters were strongly against Kansas becoming a slave state for economic reasons.
They believed that slaveowners would buy the farmable land and leave none for non-slaveowners.
The First Territorial Legislature held in 1855 elected 37 pro-slavery of 39 overall delegates . Later in 1855 the pro-slavery delegates convened, while the anti-slavery delegates convened separately. Formed two Kansas Governments.
The increasing conflicts only rose throughout the next 5-6 years, such as the Sumner-Brooks incident. Eventually, the tensions created the basis for the American Civil War.
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