Bleeding Kansas

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Popular Sovereignty in Kansas

  • Popular sovereignty would be used to decide whether kansas would be a free or slave state.
  • Missourians attempted to make Kansas a slave state by travelling into Kansas to vote. 
  • The New England Emigrant Aid Company was set up, and sponsored people in free states to vote against slavery in Kansas.
  • Settlers from free states had a majority but Missourians flooded into Kansas. The eventual elected legislature was 36 pro-slavers and 3 free soilers, and met at Lecompton.

The Topeka Government

  • Free-soilers replied by holding their own elections, and met at Topeka.
  • By 1855, Kansas had two governments. The Lecompton government…

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