Perhaps no state had a more
violent entry into the Union than Kansas. Caught up in the struggle over
slavery that would soon explode into the American Civil War, Kansas was
the battleground between pro- and anti-slavery forces for seven deadly
years before the Blue and Gray took up arms against each other, earning
Kansas Territory the nickname "Bleeding Kansas."
Abolitionists won the fierce
struggle, and Kansas was admitted into the Union as the 34th state on
Jan. 29, 1861, as a free state. By that time six states had already
seceded from the Union. In all, eleven states ended up seceding and
forming the Confederate States of America, and the nation plunged into a
civil war. For Kansas, however, the fighting had already been going on
for seven long years.
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