Will Kansas be a Free State?

June 1, 1855

An article answers this question: “We answer no. Not while the existing Union stands. Its fate is settled. We shall briefly state of the reasons which force us to this sad conclusion.” Some of the listed reasons include, 1. The South is united in determination to make Kansas a slave state — ultimately, by division, half a dozen slave states , if necessary…..2. Eastern emigration will avail nothing to keep slavery out of Kansas. 3. The omnipotent power of the general government will cooperate with the Vandals of Missouri to crush out what little anti-slavery feeling may exist in Kansas. 4. There is no principle in the Kansas papers ostensibly desirous of making it a free State.

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