Write a 550-word MLA style essay and summarize the three political groups that came into Kansas and Nebraska to attempted to control the passage or failing of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Define the groups, their names, where they were from and what they stood for. Then explain in your own words why "Bleeding Kansas" lead America into the Civil War.

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In 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act passed Congress and allowed for both territories to determine their free state/slave state status via popular sovereignty. Most observers, including many Southerners, conceded that Nebraska would vote to become a free state, but desperately sought a pro-slave Kansas to keep the balance of power even in the Senate between Northern free states and Southern slave states. Therefore, Kansas became the focal point of the entire slavery dispute, and violence erupted between three groups; the Free Soilers, the Border Ruffians, and native Kansans...

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