The Lecompton Constitution
Problems in Kansas
- Governor Geary restored order in Kansas, although there were still two separate governments, the Lecompton government and the Topeka government.
- By Febuary 1857, the Lecompton government had authorised the election of a covention to create a constitution, which would set Kansas to its way to statehood.
- Free staters suspected that the election would be rigged by pro-slavers, so refused to get involved. As a result, the pro-slavers won.
- This raised Southern expectations, as they realised that the creation of another slave state was possible.
- The free-staters claimed that the pro-slavers had been fraudulent in the election, and this was found to be true. The fraudulent results were overturned, giving the free-staters a majority.
Creating the Constitution
- The constitutional convention was the pro-slavers last refuge.
- The constitution did not represent the majority opinion in Kansas.
- Although the pro-slavery…