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"Doc" Brown, Famous Kansas City Cake Walker
Manuscript about Kansas City cake walker Joseph "Doc" Brown (Doctor William Henry Joseph Cutter Brown), that consists of a chronological collection of 149 published articles, notices, and advertisements....
"Doc" Brown Cake Walker
Manuscript about the famous Kansas City cake walker, Joseph "Doc" Brown (Doctor William Henry Joseph Cutter Brown), that consists of a chronological collection of 149 published articles, notices, and advertisements....
"Sound on the Goose," A Search for the Answer to an Age Old "Question"
An article about the significance and meaning behind the slang phrase "sound on the goose." Redd and Etcheson's research reveals that the phrase was code for support and "commitment to the proslavery cause...
' I Plant Myself...Down on My Unquestionable Rights': Elijah Lovejoy's Fatal Stand for Freedom
October 1, 2006
Article tells the story of Elijah Lovejoy, St. Louis abolitionist. His impassioned denunciations of slavery in his newspaper, The Observer, incurred the wrath of pro-slavery elements. Lovejoy moved his...
''Aunt Maria'' Moore Is Dead
December 1, 2003
A reprint from "The Times", Pleasant Hill, Mo., May 8, 1936. Maria Moore came to Jackson County, Missouri as one of the slaves of Jabez Smith. She was later sold to Tom Thomas of Pleasant Hill and spent...
''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....
'Freedom Mall' Envisioned
June 7, 2010
Ed Hogan, Kansas City artist, has created four statues that "tell the stories of many slaves who once sought freedom across the Missouri River." The statues are part of the Kansas City River Trails Inc....
'Old Clay Is Some Punkins' (A History of Clay County)
Short description of Washington Dale, referred to as the oldest Missourian at 109 years old, living in Clay County in 1821 and in Kansas City during the Civil War emancipation.
A Black Man's Kingdom in Kansas
File containing photos and a biographical article about Junius Groves (ca. 1859-1925), a wealthy Wyandotte County, Kansas potato farmer. Born into slavery in Kentucky and moving to Edwardsville, Kansas...
A Brief Examination of Scripture Testimony on the Institution of Slavery
June/5, 12, 19/1855
Newspaper article published in three continued parts about the biblical references and relations to modern 1850s slavery in Kansas.
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 City Divided: Kansas City in the 19th Century
Third in a monthly series of special sections of the Star on Kansas City history. Focus on the 1850s-1860s, during the destructive but pivotal times of war over slavery in the Kansas City area.
A Fragment of Early Kansas History
Article about the history of early Kansas with description of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, Horace Greeley's book ("American Conflict" volume 1, page 235) description of Kansas Territory, and involvement with...
A Look at Early Lawrence: Letters From Robert Gaston Elliott
Robert Gaston Elliott came to Lawrence, Kansas Territory in 1854 and established the Kansas Free State newspaper which was opposed to the introduction of slavery into the territory. He was born in Union...
A Look at Slavery in Missouri
Article about the institution of slavery in Missouri and its distinctions from that in the Deep South, including the distribution of black slave families and treatment of black slave agricultural workers....
A Southerner's Viewpoint of the Kansas Situation, 1856-1857
February 1, 1934
Publication of a group of letters written by Axalla John Hoole who came to Kansas Territory in April, 1856. He came from South Carolina. The first letter is written from Kansas City while on his way to...
A Study in Missouri Politics, 1840-1870
January 1, 1927
This is a three part article concerning the topic of politics in the state of Missouri leading up to the Civil War and just afterwards. The first article deals with party disruption occurring in the period...
A Witness of the Times
Description of various existing landmarks of Territorial Kansas.
Section about the abolitionist movement in Missouri and Kansas, especially the so-called "Underground Railroad," a system for secretly transporting slaves to freedom, starting in the 1840s and featuring...
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