Slavery in the USA

Douglas hoped that northerners opposing his bill would quiet down after the bill was settled, but they became more furious Antislavery critics wanted to prevent slavery from gaining a foothold in Kansas Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Company was found to help emigrants to settle down in Kansas hundreds of settlers moved to Kansas Alarmed proslavery groups also started to go to Kansas When a territorial legislature was elected in March 1855 over 6000 votes were counted ~ 5000 of these votes were illegal because most Missourians who voted were not residents large number of men who had been elected were proslavery a law was quickly passed authorizing slavery in Kansas! even death penalty was passed for people helping slaves to escape Kansans refused to accept the new legislature and set up an own government at the town of Topeka fighting between these two governments broke out weapons from the East were sent to Kansans Tension between these two parties started to explode when in November 1855 a Kansan were killed by a proslavery man On May 21st, Sheriff Jones, a proslavery, and a proslavery army marched into Lawrence and destroyed two printing presses and burned down several buildings A few days later John Brown and seven other men, took revenge and massacred five people (they split open their skulls and cut off some of their hands) As a result civil war in Kansas broke out …

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