Sack Of Lawrence
Lawrence was the center of Kansas's anti-slavery movement. It was named for Amos Lawrence , a New England financier who provided aid to anti-slavery farmers and settlers. This group went beyond simple monetary aid. New England Abolitionists shipped boxes of Sharps rifles, named " Beecher's Bibles ," to anti-slavery forces. The name for the rifles came from a comment by Henry Ward Beecher , the anti-slavery preacher who had remarked that a rifle might be a more powerful moral agent on the Kansas plains than a Bible. The lines were now drawn. Each side had passion, and each side had guns.