What is the significance of Bleeding Kansas?

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yamaguchityler | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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Bleeding Kansas, during 1855-1858, had a huge impact on the entire nation. Due to the constant conflicts caused by slavery during this period, much of the nation was split and pinned against each other. Of course, with the North wanting slavery abolished and the South wishing to maintain it, there was certainly tension between the two regions in the United States.

Much like the Louisiana Purchase, where the North and South argued over whether or not the new land would adopt slavery, Bleeding Kansas was similar in that the issue was whether or not to allow slavery in Kansas. This problem between the two was caused by the Kansas-Nebraska Act that essentially allowed the state of Kansas to decide their own fate on this issue.

With so much tension already built up due to slavery, this conflict was yet another add on to the hatred that already existed with the North and South. Of course, with the Civil War occurring, "Bleeding Kansas" can certainly be credited, amongst many other factors, as what led up to the beginning of the war.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The significance of "Bleeding Kansas" is that this crisis really pushed the North and South apart and had a great deal to do with causing the Civil War.

"Bleeding Kansas" refers to fighting that happened in Kansas over the issue of whether Kansas would be slave or free.  This conflict was triggered when the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 gave Kansas the right to decide on this issue.  After the act passed, forces for and against slavery poured into Kansas and started fighting each other with atrocities on both sides.

The conflict in Kansas helped to cause more hatred between the North and the South.  This, of course, helped to bring about the Civil War.

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Yojana_Thapa | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Bleeding Kansas which is a period of violence during the settling of the Kansas territory definitely shows the weakness of this political doctrine and shows how well it didn’t work in Kansas in the 1850s. Thousands of pro-slavery and anti-slavery flooded in the state. Violent clashes occurred, popular sovereignty caused chaos. Kansas-Nebraska act led to hatred and violence. 

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