The Burning of Lawrence, Kansas
Border Ruffians are the cause of the attack
What was the Kansas-Nebraska Act? The Kansas-Nebraska Act was an act proposed by the Illinois Senator named Stephen Douglas. Stephen Douglas proposed this act to gain the support of the southern leaders, and wanted the railroad to go through Chicago, so it would benefit commerce in his home state of Illinois. He proposed the act with four main changes which were that Kansas and Nebraska were to become western territories, the formation of the Republican Party, and the Missouri Compromise to become repealed, which causes a massive race to settle into the state. These new changes cause Kansas and Nebraska to become organized into territories, the formation of the Republican Party, and “Bleeding Kansas”. Bleeding Kansas was the bloody race to settle Kansas into a state. An example of an event during “Bleeding Kansas” was when the Border Ruffians burned the town of Lawrence, Kansas. Throughout the next paragraph, I had recently interviewed a worker at the newspaper offices who experienced the event as it was happening. This man abandoned the town before it fell to the ground and escaped without any harm. So we decided to interview them about the surroundings while the attack was taking place.
A group of Border Ruffians traveling along a pathway holding their rifles to prepare for fighting.
Another group of Border Ruffians who are also traveling with their weapons in case they need to use them.
Preparing for Attacks
This is the scene of Border Ruffians traveling in large groups with heavy amounts of military.