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''Labouring For the Freedom of This Territory'': Free-State Kansas Women in the 1850s
Article about the hardships of Kansas women in the border warfare era of the 1850s, with few rights and fighting on the side of anti-slavery.
''Life Is Uncertain...'' Willard Hall Mendenhall's 1862 Civil War Diary
July 1, 1984
Willard Hall Mendenhall began his diary on January 1, 1862 and maintained it into 1864 writing over 780 entries in four diaries. He lived a short distance from Lexington, Missouri in Layafette County....
A Chronology: The Struggle Against Slavery in Wyandotte County
Overview of the anti-slavery movement in Wyandotte County during the Territorial "Bleeding Kansas" era. The chronology spans from 1818 to 1861.
A Witness of the Times
Description of various existing landmarks of Territorial Kansas.
Address to Pro-Slavery Convention of Missouri
Appendix I of the book contains "Address to the People of the United States", delivered by Wiliam B. Napton in Lexington, Missouri, July 13, 1855 to the Pro-Slavery Convention of Missouri. Talks about...
Americana: The Bloody Curtain Rises
Illustration and book review of "Bleeding Kansas" by Alice Nichols, "the story of the conflict between Northerners and Southerners for possession of Kansas between 1854 and 1857," reviewed by Kenneth Davis,...
Battlegrounds of Freedom
Brief article describes 7 clashes of pro-slavery and abolitionist settlers of the Kansas Territory in 1856. The events detailed are the Sack of Lawrence (May 21st), the Pottawatomie Massacre (May 24th),...
Benjamin F. Stringfellow: The Fight For Slavery On the Missouri Border
With the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, hostilities between abolitionists and southern sympathizers who favored slave holding intensified in the state of Missouri. Benjamin Stringfellow and David...
Photos, map (of the "Kansas-Missouri border, 1854-1859"), illustrations, and article about Kansas Territory, known as "Bleeding Kansas" in the 1850s as the site of early bloodshed over the slavery issue,...
Information about border skirmishes, massacres, etc., taking place between Missourians and Kansans prior to the Civil War, especially in 1854-1859.
Brave New World
Eleven captioned photographs of early settlements in Kansas Territory, along with quotations from prominent early settlers describing the pioneer experience.
Article about the neutral stance toward the slavery issue during the hostile climate of the border warfare period of the mid-1850s in Kansas City. Descriptions of tactics applied by town leaders such as...
Colonization of Kansas
Report by "the first party of the Massachusetts Emigration Company" upon their return to Boston from their settlement in Kansas Territory in 1854, describing conditions (including border fighting over...
Commemorating Kansas Territory's 150th Anniversary, 1854-2004
Photo illustration introducing _Kansas Heritage_ magazine's coverage of the 150th Anniversary of the founding of Kansas Territory. Includes a rare reproduction of the official seal of the Territory of...
David Rice Atchison of Missouri: Border Politician
Book about David Rice Atchison, or David Atchison (1807-1886), a lawyer and theater actor in Missouri starting in 1827, county judge starting in 1830 and later military officer in Clay County, Missouri,...
Eli Thayer, Versatile New Englander, Promoted Free State Trek
File containing a photo and article about Eli Thayer (1819-1899), "legislator, inventor and educator" of Massachusetts and organizer of "the Emigrant Aid society in opposition to the Southern statesmen...
Frederick Starr, A Missouri Border Abolitionist: The Making Of a Martyr
Frederick Starr represented the less powerful abolition position during the pre-Civil War days in western Missouri. "His removal from Weston in 1855 symbolizes the crushing defeat of the abolitionist minority."...
Free Missouri, Part II
Second of a two-part series of articles about Missouri history, with the second concentrating on its history since statehood in 1821, growing settlement and displacement of Indians, border warfare and...
Gihon's History of Kansas
Descriptions including letters about hostilities in Fort Leavenworth related to slavery issues in 1856.
Glimpses in America
February 28, 1857
Article about the border warfare period of Kansas Territory from 1854 to 1857 over the slavery issue and various details, etc.
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