Bleeding Kansas :Important Events by aiden engelkes, evan schmitt and Salvedin Cerimovic

May 30, 1854- The Kansas-Nebraska Act overturned the Missouri Compromise’s use of latitude as the boundary between slave and free territory. The act was drafted by Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas. This created the territories of Kansas and Nebraska.

1855- Rival governments were established in Kansas, one in favor of slavery and one not in favor. The federal government recognized the pro-slavery government as the official government of Kansas.

May, 1856- "Border ruffians", pro slavery men from Missouri, attacked and looted the anti-slavery town of Lawrence. This caused abolitionist John Brown to brutally murder five pro slavery settlers several days later.

September, 1856- Small armies are formed to roam around eastern Kansas. The two armies attack at various places in the area. Federal troops are sent to keep the violence from escalating in Kansas.

1858- The Marais des Cygnes massacre occurs, five anti slavery men are killed. This would be the last major conflict of Bleeding Kansas

1861- Kansas is admitted into the Union. Their official constitution opposes slavery. Due to this, the Senate is split on statehood for Kansas. However, after the Confederate states secede from the Union, Kansas becomes a state.

Interesting Facts:

  • Augustus C. Dodge of Iowa introduced the Kansas-Nebraska Act as a bill in Senate.
  • The Kansas Nebraska act was originally used to build the transcontinental railroad.

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