During the Kansas elections pro slavery forces were determined to influeance slavery upon the area. Those who supported the movement in neighboring Missouri crossed the border to vote in Kansas. This illegal activity angered the anti slave movement
Due to the divided government violence ensued in Kansas. The Pottawamie Massacre occurred where an abolitionist group murdered five slave owners in the dead of night.
In a desperate attempt to appease the North and South on issues of slavery, Henry Clay drafted the Compromise of 1850. Which revoked the slave trade in some states and amended abolitionist and anti abolitionist acts