Bleeding Kansas was a sequence of vicious civil conflicts in the United States of America; the conflict transpired between 1854 and 1861. Bleeding Kansas materialized due to political and ideological disputes over the authenticity of slavery in the projected state of Kansas. The conflict arose due to electoral dishonesty, attacks, assaults, and killings in Kansas and their bordering states. The Kansas Territory was asked to choose between slave state and Free State (Etcheson, 2006). The Kansa Territory decided to incorporated insiders to make the decision rather than the outsiders; this brought up conflict with the slave state supporters urging that all settlers have the right to bring slaves in their own property while the opponents urged that slavery was unethical and will only benefit the rich slaveholders who will end up controlling the land and exploit non-slaveholders. The conflict between pro-slavery and anti-slavery led to lots of bloodsheds and had an impact in the pre Civil War era.
Bleeding Kansas are believed to be the primary contributors of the Civil War as it was the first time that proslavery and anti-slavery followers took into action their differences and expressed how they felt towards each other. The Bleeding Kansas outcomes were killings, abductions, kidnappings, and destruction of prominent buildings. The conflicts led to the division of the Kansas citizens; some outsiders also joined the war and this empowered the pre Civil War as people were ready to fight each other in order to express themselves (McPherson, 2010). Bleeding Kansas prepared individuals for fights thus leading to pre-Civil War. Bleeding Kansas was like a warning message to Americans that a deadly conflict was on its way, the Civil War.
Etcheson, N. (2006). Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era.
McPherson, J. (2010). Ordeal By Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction. McGraw-Hill Education.