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Sabrina SanchezPeriod 1Ms. Schmidt11 January 2016 5#22John Brown’s Involvement In and the Effects of Bleeding KansasBleeding Kansas was a series of violent events that took place between 1854 and 1861 in Kansas territory. The problems with Kansas started when the Kansas and Nebraska territories were eligible to apply for statehood; according to the Missouri Compromise, both Kansas and Nebraska would be free states because they were above the designated line. However, Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas had a solution: the Kansas-Nebraska Act. This allowed each territory to decide whether or not they wanted to have slavery based off of popular sovereignty. If Kansas had slavery, it would violate the Missouri Compromise, which had kept the Union stable for over thirty years. The compromise would have to be repealed. The decision to be made was intense, but the bill passed in May of 1854. Any territory that was north of the 36°30' line was open to popular sovereignty and the North was outraged. Even though this compromise was