Lead: In the years leading up to the American Civil War, the territory of Kansas was the scene of much bloody conflict.
Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.
Content: In 1853 the Kansas-Nebraska Act enshrined the notion of squatter sovereignty. Nebraska would come into the Union as a free state, Kansas was thrown open for settlement. Which side got there first with the most settlers could determine the status of state.

 

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