History Essay - Cammyl Ramirez Border Ruffians vs Free State party Bleeding Kansas After the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 people who believed in

History Essay - Cammyl Ramirez Border Ruffians vs Free...

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Cammyl Ramirez November 15, 2016 Border Ruffians vs. Free State party- Bleeding Kansas After the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, people who believed in proslavery and people who believed in antislavery gathered up to fight for control over Kansas’s fate, if it were to be a slave sate or a “free soil” state. Each party had a significant role, that were very similar and involved violence that played a huge part, leading up to what is now known as Bleeding Kansas. A bit of a background according to Hahn’s lecture on November 10 th , Henry Clay helped make the Missouri compromise of 1850. Which balanced the number of slave states and free states in the states that were gained after the Mexican American war. This had Texas as a slave state and California a free state to balance it out. In this compromise, it had the fugitive slave act. With this, people had the mindset that everyone of color was a slave. People would just kidnap people of color and bring them down south for trade. This made it easy for southerners to get fugitive slaves. Stephen Douglas made the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 which overturns the Missouri Compromise of 1850. The Kansas-Nebraska Act allows a transcontinental railroad through Kansas territory. Within this act there is a popular sovereignty clause, where the people living in Kansas can chose whether Kansas is to be a slave state or not. This influenced people from Missouri to come and vote illegally for Kansas to be a slave state, these people were referred as Border Ruffians. However, people in Kansas and northern states wanted it to be

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