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Bleeding Kansas

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Petition from citizens of Pennsylvania against slavery in the territories, February 7, 1854

When Congress debated the Kansas-Nebraska bill, leading citizens of Chester County, Pennsylvania, petitioned against the repeal of the Missouri Compromise. As abolitionists, they opposed any change that would extend slavery. One signer, William Darlington, served in Congress during passage of the Missouri Compromise in 1820.

Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, National Archives and Records Administration