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Popular sovereignty will be used to decide whether Kansas shall be a free or slave state.
Kansas should be a free state!
No! It should be a slave state!
Let's sneak into Kansas and vote illegally for it to be a slave state!
Yeah! Kansas has to be a slave state!
I, John Brown, kill these abominable slave supporters. Charles Sumner shall be avenged!
John Brown's Pottawatomie Massacre ignited a series of violent conflict between the two differing sides of slavery. This became known as 'Bleeding Kansas'.
In the end, Kansas became a free state in 1861. Bleeding Kansas had a significant impact on leading to the Civil War because of how it intensified regional divisions between the north and south.
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