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This act, approved by the Legislative Assembly of Kansas Territory, August 29, 1855, lists those actions to be considered crimes against slave property. Many of the crimes listed are punishable by death. Some of the crimes include inciting or aiding slave or Negro rebellion (even through publication), helping slaves escape their masters, resisting the arrest of an escaped slave, and the expression of abolitionist opinions. Considered "bogus laws" by free-state supporters, this slave code reflects the first Kansas Legislature's support for slavery and the legislature's adoption of Missouri slave codes for that purpose.
Creator: Kansas. Legislative Assembly 1855
Date: August 29, 1855
Item Number: 209559
Call Number: Territorial Executive Department, Secretary's Office, Enrolled Laws, 1855, Vol. 2
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 209559
Collections - State Archives - Kansas Territory Executive Department - Office of the Secretary
Date - 1854-1860 - 1855
Government and Politics - Crime and Punishment - Crimes
Government and Politics - Crime and Punishment - Punishment - Death penalty
Government and Politics - Territorial Government - Legislatures
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Statute
Thematic Time Period - Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Government records - Legislative - Statutes