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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 2:57 p.m. PST

"On the morning of May 21, 1856 an armed force of as many as 800 men descended upon the newly formed town of Lawrence in the Territory of Kansas and proceeded to systematically destroy it. With this act, the town of Lawrence became the first casualty in America's Civil War that would officially be declared five years later.

The motivation for this attack was rooted in an issue that had been a smoldering source of contention since the establishment of the Union – slavery. For years, Congress had been gingerly constructing compromises in an effort to calm regional tensions by maintaining the balance of the number of Slave and Free states admitted to the Union as the country expanded westward. Congress's latest attempt was the Compromise of 1850. Among other stipulations, this act specified that California would be admitted as a Free State and established the Fugitive Slave Act (see Return of a Fugitive Slave, 1854)…."
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