WHY WAS KANSAS BLOODY?

WHY WAS KANSAS BLOODY?
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A storyboard about how the North and South fought against or for slavery respectively on the grounds of Kansas

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  • POPULAR SOVREIGNITY
  • Let me introduce a bill to the Congress that solves our current conflict. The two territories will be divided and the vote of popular sovreignity will be established
  • Senator Stephen Douglas came up with the Kansas- Nebraska Act which meant that the people in these regions can decide if they want slavery or not.
  • The race for the possession of Texas was on. Settlers were pouring in from both North and South. Here is an excerpt from New York Senator William Seward who had challenged the South.
  • "BLEEDING KANSAS"
  • "Come on, then, gentlemen of the Slave States....We will engage in competition for the virgin soil of Kansas and God give victory to the side that is stronger in numbers as it is in right."
  • "THE SACK OF LAWRENCE"
  • Antislavery settlers had founded a town called Lawrence. A proslavery jury condemned the town as traitorous. Then, a proslavery posse burned down their headquarters, destroyed two printing presses and looted many people's houses. Abolitionist newspapers dubbed the incident as the "sack of Lawrence".  
  • "THE POTTAWATOMIE MASSACRE"
  • The news of Lawrence soon reached abolitionist, John Brown. He was under the false impression that five men had been killed in the sack of Lawrence. So, he and his men woke up 5 men , hacked off their hands and stabbed them with broadswords. This became known as the " Pottawatomie Massacre."
  • You will get severely punished for how you destroyed us. Come on, boys! Let us show them no mercy! 
  • VIOLENCE IN THE SENATE
  • Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner delivered a speech " Crime against Kansas". He also behaved cruelly to Andrew P.  Butler. Then, his nephew Preston S. Brooks began to hit Sumner repeatedly on the head. Sumner suffered brain damage did not return to the Senate seat for over three years.
  • There had been many comprises such as the Wilmot Proviso and the Kansas- Nebraska Act to reunite the North and the South. Alas, this could not happen so it led to the formation of new political parties yet again.
  • FORMATION OF NEW POLITICAL PARTIES
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