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The Crime Against Kansas, 1856Charles Sumner SummaryIn his speech Sumner argues that a crime has been committed against the territory of Kansas, namely permitting slavery there by the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Calling it “the rape of a virgin territory,” he claims it was done “in hopes of adding to the power of slavery in the national government.” He predicts that without the “triumph of Freedom,” a war will break out more wicked than any before, and his duty is to expose the criminal and what is to be done. However, before he begins to fully develop his argument, he jabs at Senators Andrew Butler (from South Carolina) and Stephen Douglas (from Illinois). Sumner brings up the Missouri Compromise, which stated that all new territories above the 36° 30’ latitude and west of the Mississippi would be free. He claimed that this was favorableto the southern slaveholders, who forced it upon the reluctant northerners. However, the Kansas-