Bleeding Kansas

Bleeding Kansas

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  • The Conflict started with the Kansas-Nebraska act that declared the territories to be determined a free or slave state by the state's populous.
  • From there, pro-slavery and anti-slavery supporters alike flocked into the Kansas Territory.
  • From the South came the "Border Ruffians" in favor of Pro-Slavery.
  • From the North came the "Free-Staters" with Anti-slavery ideals.
  • Border Ruffians believed that their individual rights allowed them to bring "property", actually meaning slaves, into the Kansas Territory.
  • Border Ruffians based this belief off of themes such as Manifest Destiny.
  • Free-Staters were strongly against Kansas becoming a slave state for economic reasons.
  • They believed that slaveowners would buy the farmable land and leave none for non-slaveowners.
  • The First Territorial Legislature held in 1855 elected 37 pro-slavery of 39 overall delegates . Later in 1855 the pro-slavery delegates convened, while the anti-slavery delegates convened separately. Formed two Kansas Governments.
  • The increasing conflicts only rose throughout the next 5-6 years, such as the Sumner-Brooks incident. Eventually, the tensions created the basis for the American Civil War.
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