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was a series of violent political confrontations involving
and pro-slavery "
" elements, that took place in the
and the neighboring towns of
between 1854 and 1861. At the heart of the conflict was the question of whether
would enter the Union as a
free state or slave state
. As such, Bleeding Kansas was a
over the issue of slavery in the United States. The term "Bleeding Kansas" was coined by
New York Tribune
; the events it encompasses directly presaged the
American Civil War
, as well as the future relationship between Kansas and Missouri.
Congress had long struggled to balance the interests of pro- and anti-slavery forces. The events later known as Bleeding Kansas were set into motion by the
of 1854, which nullified the
and instead implemented the concept of
. An ostensibly democratic idea, popular sovereignty stated that the inhabitants of each territory or state should decide whether it would be a free or slave state; however, this resulted in immigration
to Kansas by activists from both sides. At one point, Kansas had two separate governments, each with its own constitution, although only one was federally recognized. On January 29, 1861, Kansas was admitted to the Union as a free state, less than three months before the
Battle of Fort Sumter
which began the Civil War.
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1856 Congressional Report on the Troubles in Kansas
Documentary On Bleeding Kansas
Kansas State Historical Society: A Look Back at Kansas Territory, 1854-1861
NEEAC. ''History of the New-England Emigrant Aid Company.'' Boston: John Wilson & Son, 1862.
PBS article on Bleeding Kansas.
Territorial Kansas Online: A Virtual Repository for Kansas Territorial History.
Online Exhibit - Willing to Die for Freedom, Kansas Historical Society
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