Bleeding Kansas

Bleeding Kansas

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  • Transcontinental Railroad
  • Northerners
  • Go through Chicago and territory west of Missouri and Iowa
  • Go through New Orleans and Southwest
  • Southerners
  • Stephen Douglas
  • I want to organize the Nebraska territory and split it into two. 
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act
  • Northerners
  • Both move in after the comrpmise
  • May 1854
  • Southerners
  • Both the Northerners and Southerners wanted the  transcontinental railroad to   go through different places.  The transcontinental   railroad is desire to connect the west coast to the rest  of the country.
  • Northern Settlers
  • No Slavery here!
  • After the transcontinental railroad  popular sovereignty came up.   Stephen Douglas from Illinois   wanted to organize the territory of Nebraska.  He also wanted to repeal the Missouri Compromise. The Southerners were ready  to negotiate  and after eight months of effort the Compromise   was voted into law.
  • Southern Settlers
  • Slaves are allowed here!
  • Southerners  attack Lawrence
  • May 1854 both the Southerners and Northerners move into Kansas Territory.   Southerners come in with slaves  and in 1855 thousands of armed Missourians  vote illegally in Kansas.   By  1855 two governments in the territory  things start getting out of hand. 
  • Violence erupts in Kansas
  • Bleeding Kansas
  • Northerners move into establish no slavery. Antislavery  settlers drafted their own constitution with no slavery.   Northerners wanted the territory to be free with no slaves  or slave owners.   Northerners also lived in Lawrence which they found. 
  • Southerners came in with slaves from Missouri to move in to the territory. Southerners vote illegally so they are allowed to hold slaves in this territory.   Southerners want to make this a slave territory.  Southerners were also called border ruffins.
  • May 1856 Border ruffins attacked sack of Lawrence town of antislavery settlers. This was a territorial civil war. By the end of 1856 200 people had died and $2 million worth of damages had been done.  
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