Rachel Deshaies January 7, 2019Mr. Comtois Questions 12-161.What happened in Kansas? What was the “Crime against Kansas”? a.The Kansas Nebraska act divided and destroyed the Whig party and divided the northern democrats and drove many of them from the party. Most importantly it spurred the creation of a new party that was sectional in composition and creed. These people then went on to form the Republican party, and almost instantly became a force in American Politics. In the spring of 1855 elections were held for a territorial legislature. The influx of people coming in from Missouri forced the vote to pro-slavery and drove the abolitionists to create a new constitution and petition congress for statehood. Pierce declared them traitors and threw full federal support behind the pro-slavery legislator. John Brown was one of the mostprominent abolitionist supporters at the time. He moved to Kansas with his sons to fight to make it a free state. The ‘Crime against Kansas” was a speech given by Senator Charles Sumner that opposed slavery.