TERM: Bleeding Kansas (scroll down for definition)




Definition for: Bleeding Kansas

Border Ruffians (pro-slavery) and Free Staters converge on Kansas to stuff the ballot box now that popular sovereignty (states choose if they want slavery or not) was the law.

1. Millions in property damage. Dozens are killed.

2. Proved to be a mini-Civil War in Kansas.

3. John Brown becomes a national figure after he kills Border Ruffians at Pottawattamie, Kansas.

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