IRREPLACABLE CONFLICTS • The notorious Lecompton Constitution was proposed by the pro-slave forces that make a joke of popular sovereignty and was ridiculed by Stephen Douglas. • The final vote on the entire Lecompton Constitution resulted in its defeat, due to a large turnout by the free soil voters, and Kansas remained a territory until 1861, when the southern secessionists left Congress. • “Bleeding Kansas” also splattered blood on the floor of the Senate in 1856 when Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts made a blistering attack entitled “The Crime Against Kansas.” • He condemned the pro-slavery supporters in Kansas and managed to also include a few vehement attacks on Senator Andrew Butler from South Carolina. • The result was Congressman Preston S. Brooks of South Carolina rushing to the defense of Butler by attacking Sumner with a cane on the floor of the Senate. • He received wholehearted support from the South for his outrageous attack.
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