The significance of Bleeding Kansas is that it showed how divisive the slavery issue was and how passionate people were on both sides of the slavery issue. The Kansas–Nebraska Act was passed in 1954, creating the territories of Kansas and Nebraska, with the people in those territories being able to determine if slavery would exist there. Stephen Douglas, the author of the bill, proposed this concept, known as popular sovereignty, as part of the bill.
Because Nebraska was not suitable for the growing of cotton and the use of slaves, people turned their attention to Kansas. Slavery could successfully exist in Kansas, and both sides wanted to be sure their viewpoint prevailed. Both sides sent people to Kansas to advocate for their position. This led to conflicts, with some property being destroyed and blood being shed. John Brown became famous when he killed some people who supported slavery.
This event was one of a series of events that pushed the United States closer to the Civil War....
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