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


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.