exam essay - Lackey 1 Bailey Lackey The Dispute That Caused a Bloody War With every debate there is always two sides to the situation Unfortunately only

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Lackey 1 Bailey Lackey 11/12/2016 The Dispute That Caused a Bloody War With every debate, there is always two sides to the situation. Unfortunately, only one side of the debate can win, which in most cases causes conflict and even sometimes war. Disagreements is the fact of life; people don’t always get along; people have different opinions and views. Sometimes it can go too far, this explains perfectly what happened in the event Bleeding Kansas. The Kansas- Nebraska Act countermanded the Compromise of 1820, which drew a line at 36’30’ allowing slavery in the states below and free states above the line. The repeal of the Compromise of 1820 caused even more tension between the North and South because now there is no line between the two for instance, there can be slave states in the North now which infuriated the Northerners. The Kansas- Nebraska Act caused much tension in the Nation. With this tension and the decision of whether Kansas should be a slave or free state broke people into two groups. The “Border Ruffians” and the Free State Party were polar opposites, and their play in the fight for free or slave is the reason Bleeding Kansas occurred. These two groups contributed to Bleeding Kansas due to their different racial attitudes, their different constitutions and their future position on different sides of the Civil War. Bleeding Kansas, was an accumulation of many events. The hostilities occurred between the “Border Ruffians” which were “Missourians who freely crossed the border to vote or participate sporadically in Kansas affairs, but did not settle there permanently” (Etcheson p. 31), and the Free State Party which were abolitionist and advocates for Kansas to be a free state. During the “elections in 1854 and 1855, hundreds of proslavery Missourians crossed the border
Lackey 2 to cast fraudulent ballots” (Foner p. 492). This upset the free state party because they were casting fraud votes which was putting more votes toward the induction of Kansas as a slave state. Many members of the Free State Party were scared to vote because proslavery advocates were violent in the voting process. They would threaten the abolitionist. “A Leavenworth man described how “The country was overrun on the day of the election by hordes of ruffians from

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