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A. A. Harris, a white resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, gave this brief testimony on March 29, 1880, before the Senate select committee investigating the causes of the Exodus. Harris described his contact with the black Exodusters in his area, including their difficulty finding employment. The committee also asked Harris to speak in some detail about the general treatment of African-Americans in Kansas, including any discrimination against them, particularly in the world of politics. This committee was composed of three Democratic senators and two Republican senators: Daniel W. Voorhees (Dem., Indiana), Zebulon B. Vance (Dem., North Carolina), George H. Pendleton (Dem., Ohio), William Windom (Rep., Minnesota), and Henry W. Blair (Rep., New Hampshire). Senators Blair and Vance asked the questions presented in this testimony.

Creator: United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee on Negro Exodus
Date: 1880

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Testimony of A. A. Harris, in report and testimony of the select committee to investigate the causes of the removal of the Negroes from the southern states to the northern states, in three parts - 419

This testimony provides a glimpse of how Exodusters were being treated in Kansas. It could be paired with documents about Exoduster settlements in southeast and southcentral Kansas (since Harris is from Ft. Scott) or the testimony could be grouped with either (or both) of the final reports published by this committee.

KS:7th:3.5:Exodusters (2005)

Item Number: 210635
Call Number: 973.8 Un3 Senate Report 693, v. 2
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210635

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