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Liberty, The Fair Maid of Kansas, in the Hands of the Border Ruffians, 1856

Liberty, The Fair Maid of Kansas, in the Hands of the Border Ruffians, 1856

This political cartoon portrays a scene of death and destruction from an outbreak of war in Kansas. Northern anti-slavery proponents berated the Kansas-Nebraska Act for allowing slavery north of the long-standing geographical border established by the Missouri Compromise.

John L. Magee, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress