John Brown: Kansas

John Brown: Kansas

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  • Kansas should allow slavery
  • Kansas should be a free state.
  • These men are all talk. What we need is action!
  • Kansas during 1856 was very conflicted with the debate between abolitionists and slave-holders over the institution of slavery
  • One extremist abolitionist was John Brown. Brown was unhappy with the indecisiveness of the government and saw violence as the necessary measure to ensure a slavery free Kansas.
  • John Brown and his family collected weapons and financial support from other Northerners to prepare for a violence in Kansas to promote the abolitionist movement
  • On the evening of May 24th 1856, John Brown and his party went on an expedition and attacked several of his pro-slavery neighbors. Brown's party killed many by sword without remorse. Only one of the six men attacked, a sixteen year old boy, was spared. 
  • Outrage was swift. Kansas became more violent overnight. Both abolitionist and pro-slavery families alike left Kansas to avoid the conflict. Brown left the state with considerable instability that would become a major issue as the civil war approached.
  • John Brown, however, had just begun. Brown saw his actions and resulting consequences as steps towards his master plan. He and his family fled Kansas and looked to gain traction for their cause by any means necessary.
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