Bleeding Kansas

Bleeding Kansas
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  • TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD
  • It will unite America! 
  • California would be isolated
  • Transitional Railroad!
  • STEPHEN DOUGLAS, NEBRASKA TERRITORY, AND SOUTHERN DEMANDS
  • Political Divisions in  the North and South.  With  Douglas's support, someone from the Northern Whig Party decided to join the Republican Party and then the Southerns joined the Democrats
  • THE KANSAS-NEBRASKA ACT 
  • Hello judge, I am here to get my Kansas-Nebraska Act approved. It will separate the territory and allow newsletters to come. 
  • Mr. Stephen Douglas, I will pass your act but since it goes against the Missouri Compromise, it means that Popular Sovereignty is allowed. 
  • The transcontinental railroad allowed for the transportation of goods over long distances. This was especially helpful for the industrial north at the time. While the nation was still divided due to the Civil War, this railroad helped unify the nation eventually making it a super power
  • NORTHERN SETTLERS
  • We want freed states!
  • "I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong" 
  • In the Compromise of 1850, Utah and New Mexico Territories had been organizedwithout any restrictions on slavery, and many supporters of Douglas argued that the compromise had already superseded the Missouri Compromise so Stephen Douglas wanted to create Nebraska Territory 
  • SOUTHERN SETTLERS
  • "The Bible is a radically pro-slavery document. Slave owners waved Bibles over their heads during a Civil War and justified it" 
  • The Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed by the U.S. Congress on May 30, 1854. It allowed people in the territories of Kansas andNebraska to decide for themselves whether or not to allow slavery within their borders. 
  • VIOLENCE ERRUPTS IN KANSAS
  • Northerners were anti-slavery and they wanted freed states. Mostly Northerners were from Nebraska and they opposed the act because they thought it was a plan to turn this land into slave states. 
  • Southerners were supporting slavery. Mostly Southerns were from Missouri. Both groups wanted people to live in Kansas so that they could cast their votes when the time came. 
  • We are Pro-slavery! 
  • Proslavery and free-state settlers flooded into Kansas to try to influence the decision. Violence soon erupted as both factions fought for control. Abolitionist John Brown led anti-slavery fighters in Kansas before his famed raid on Harpers Ferry.
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