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Cammyl RamirezNovember 15, 2016Border Ruffians vs. Free State party- Bleeding KansasAfter the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, people who believed in proslavery and people whobelieved 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 thatplayed 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 10th, Henry Clay helped makethe Missouri compromise of 1850. Which balanced the number of slave states and free states in thestates that were gained after the Mexican American war. This had Texas as a slave state and California afree state to balance it out. In this compromise, it had the fugitive slave act. With this, people had themindset that everyone of color was a slave. People would just kidnap people of color and bring themdown south for trade. This made it easy for southerners to get fugitive slaves. Stephen Douglas made theKansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 which overturns the Missouri Compromise of 1850. The Kansas-NebraskaAct allows a transcontinental railroad through Kansas territory. Within this act there is a popularsovereignty clause, where the people living in Kansas can chose whether Kansas is to be a slave state ornot. This influenced people from Missouri to come and vote illegally for Kansas to be a slave state, thesepeople were referred as Border Ruffians. However, people in Kansas and northern states wanted it to be