Lead: John played a very small role in struggle to bring the territory of Kansas into the Union as a Free State, The role he did play was a bloody one.

Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: In 1856 settlers were pouring into Kansas from North and South. At first, the pro-slavery Southerners, mostly from nearby Missouri were in the majority. Gradually, free-soil advocates began to arrive in larger numbers. Congress had decreed that a vote by a majority of settlers could determine whether the territory would become a free or slave state. Whoever got there first with the most determined the outcome.

 

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