Bleeding Kansas


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  • $40-$60 a month
  • Transcontinental Railroad
  • $35 a month
  • Supply our own food
  • The Kansas-Nebraska Act
  • The Race for Possession of Kansas
  • The Transcontinental Railroad linked the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States, completed in 1869. The Railroad offered many jobs to those who needed it. Immigrants working conditions were miserable. Asians typically earned less than Whites. Whites usually earned $40-$60 a month for a 10 hour day with meals included. Chinese had to supply their own meals and earned $35 a month.
  • "The Sack of Lawrence"
  • Douglas introduced a bill in Congress to divide the area into two different territories. Nebraska would be in the North and Kansas would be in the South. If passed, it would repeal the Missouri Compromise as well as establish popular sovereignty.
  • "The Pottawatomie Massacre"
  • Settlers from the North and South poured into the Kansas territory. Some were farmers in search of new land. Although, Most were sent by emigrant aid societies, groups formed to supply rifles, animals, seed, and farm equipment to antislavery migrants.
  • Bleeding Kansas
  • Proslavery posse of about 800 armed men swept into Lawrence to carry out the grand Jury's will. The Posse burned down the antislavery headquarters, destroyed two newspapers printing presses, and looted many stores and homes.
  • Proslavery Posse
  • An abolitionist named John Brown had a mistaken impression of the Posse who had killed 5 men in Lawrence. In seek of revenge,he pulled 5 men from their beds, hacked off their hands, and stabbed them with broadswords.
  • "Bleeding Kansas" was applied to the Kansas territory years before the Civil War when the territory was a battle ground between proslavery and antislavery forces. 200 people were killed. John Brown fled Kansas leaving behind men and women who lived with rifles by their sides.
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