More trouble in Kansas

More trouble in Kansas - was approved. The free-state...

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More trouble in Kansas.  Despite his political troubles, Buchanan hoped to bring about a solution to the tensions  in Kansas between the rival territorial governments. He suggested that an elected  territorial convention create a constitution either permitting or prohibiting slavery and that  Congress, after reviewing the document, vote on admitting Kansas as a state. The  president failed to take into account the numerous instances of voting fraud in the  territory's brief history. Although in the majority, free-staters boycotted the election for  the convention, and the proslavery delegates left in control drafted a constitution that  permitted slavery. Through a territorial referendum limited to just the constitution's  slavery provisions, also boycotted by the antislavery forces, the Lecompton Constitution 
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Unformatted text preview: was approved. The free-state legislature called for another vote on the constitution, and the result was overwhelmingly negative. Although a proponent of popular sovereignty, Buchanan endorsed the Lecompton Constitution anyway as a way of paying back his southern supporters and tried to get Kansas admitted to the Union as a slave state. Congress, however, ordered yet another closely supervised election, and the voters rejected the Lecompton Constitution for a second time. With that vote, Kansas was no longer a burning issue in national politics. Buchanan's inept handling of the Kansas constitution succeeded only in alienating northern Democrats....
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2011 for the course HIST 1310 taught by Professor Marshall during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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