Pro-slavery forces win the territorial elections in Kansas

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Historical Context Note

Some 6000 votes are cast even though only 2000 voters are registered, many by pro-slavery border ruffians from Missouri. The pro-slavery government passes laws imposing the death penalty for aiding a fugitive slave and two years hard labor for questioning the legality of slavery. Antislavery forces respond by setting up an opposing government in Topeka.
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Editors. "Pro-slavery forces win the territorial elections in Kansas". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 March 2010
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