Free-State Party Formed

Wednesday, September 5, 1855 to Thursday, September 6, 1855

Invitation to the Free State Convention in Big Springs, Kansas. Courtesy of the Kansas Historical Society.

Approximately 100 delegates gather at Big Springs, Kansas, along the California Road in Douglas County, to form the Free-State Party. The party supports the entry of Kansas into the Union as a free state, but it does not necessarily espouse abolition of slavery in the South, a position commonly considered to be radical in both the North and the South. 

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