Border Ruffians

Border Ruffians burn the town of Lawrence, Kansas

Who are Border Ruffians

Border Ruffians were pro-slavery activists from the slave state of Missouri. In 1854 to


1860 crossed the state border into Kansas, to force people to accept slavery there. The


name was applied by Free-State settlers in Kansas and abolitionists throughout the


North.

Why did they do this?

They did it to intimidate the public to have them vote Kansas in to the Union as a Slave


State. The border ruffians were a group of pro-slavery men who went into Kansas to


sway (intimidate) the public.