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  • Senator Stephen Douglas
  • Southern Senators however objected to allow Nebraska to enter the Union as a free state, because it throw off the balance of power
  • I propose that we make the Nebraska Territory into a state
  • Congress decided to split the Nebraska Territory into two states: Nebraska and Kansas
  • It was decided the people of Kansas would decide the issue of slavery based on Popular Sovereignity
  • Slavery!
  • Soon a huge migration of pro-slavery and anti-slavery came through hoping to sway the vote to their views
  • Free State!
  • Pro-Slavery Government
  • In 1855 pro-slavery supporters set up a territorial government at Shawnee Mission. In response Free-state supporters set up their own territorial government in Topeka.
  • Anti-Slavery Government
  • After an attack on a free-state town John Brown led a raid and brutally murdered 5 pro-slavery settlers. So much violence followed that it became known as "Bleeding Kansas"
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