'The Symbolism Of The Word' Bleeding Kansas

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The phrase "Bleeding Kansas" is used to describe and represent the violent hostilities between anti and pro slavery forces during the time period of the settlement of the Kansas territory during the 1850's. The most significant act that brought Kansas into the eyes of the nation was the tragedy that occurred after the creation of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. In 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act used the concept of popular sovereignty and let the citizens determine which area became a free state and which would be a slave state. Anti slavery and pro slavery settlers rushed into Kansas to try and influence the opinion and decision of the residents presently living there. Soon after, violence surfaced when both sides started to battle for authoritative

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