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Executive circular to metropolitan police commissioners

Executive circular to metropolitan police commissioners
Creator: Lewelling, Lorenzo Dow, 1846-1900
Date: December 4, 1893
With this circular, Governor Lorenzo Dow Lewelling of Topeka, Kansas, appeals to police commissioners of Kansas cities to show restraint in the prosecution of the unemployed. The governor argues that high rates of unemployment are a product of the industrial system of production and not the fault of individuals. Since jobs are not available to all employable persons, he argues, unemployed persons should not be treated as criminals. The governor denounces the vagrancy law for first class cities included in the General Statutes of 1889, and similar city ordinances, which allowed for the arrest, imprisonment, or fine of "all vagrants, tramps, and confidence men and persons found in said city without visible means of support, or some legitimate business." The Kansas Legislature originally enacted the law in 1881. Governor Lewelling was the first People's Party (Populist) candidate to become governor. Republican opponents of the Populist governor dubbed this letter the "Tramp Circular."


Free Unemployment Office - Referred to State Labor Commissioner

Free Unemployment Office - Referred to State Labor Commissioner
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: February 18-19, 1915
This file includes a letter and flier for a free unemployment office focusing on barbers and shaves. The sender is referred to the State Labor Commissioner to continue discussing their work under the free employment law. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Labor Department

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Labor Department
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to the Labor Department. Topics included in the correspondence but are not limited to includes unemployment in Kansas and the Great Depression. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Mexican labor

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Mexican labor
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1930
This file includes topical correspondence relating to unemployment and Mexican labor which is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Reed and President Herbert Hoover

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Reed and President Herbert Hoover
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence between Governor Clyde M. Reed and President Herbert Hoover. Topics in the correspondence cover but is not limited to unemployment, economic depression in agricultural sectors and cost of State improvements. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Reminiscences of Louis Palenske

Reminiscences of Louis Palenske
Creator: Palenske, Louis F., 1858-1943
Date: 1918
This is a gripping autobiographical narrative written by Louis Palenske after leaving Wabaunsee County in search of work. It is entitled, "My Experiances and Observations Since Leaving Wabaunsee Co." After the failure of his flour mill at Alma, Kansas, the family faced financial ruin, and Palenske returned to the photography trade in McFarland. That venture was unsuccessful, and he traveled to Scammon and then to Burlington, Kansas in hopes of establishing a photo studio. He settled in Burlington, as World War I had just begun. Although Palenske was born in a log cabin on the banks of Mill Creek in Kansas Territory, his parents were German immigrants who spoke only German. Hence, he spoke German before he learned English, and there were no schools near the Palenske's homestead, which left him with an accent. Palenske wrote of the intense hatred of Germans and German-Americans during World War I, and the discrimination that he suffered during those years. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Robert F. Shreffler job search in Chicago, Illinois

Robert F. Shreffler job search in Chicago, Illinois
Date: April 1928 - October 1928
The journal of Robert F. Shreffler records his search for employment in Chicago, Illinois. Shreffler was born in 1908 in Joliet, Illinois. He obtained his degree in drafting, and eventually gained work with the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company between the years 1930-1951. During this time, he lived in Topeka, Kansas. Pages 31-36 of the journal were omitted at the request of the lender.


Swollen fortunes and the problem of the unemployed

Swollen fortunes and the problem of the unemployed
Creator: Daniels, Percy, 1840-1916
Date: 1908
Percy Daniels published this pamphlet supporting the Populist Party view that the wealthiest in the United States need to pay a greater share in taxes for the betterment of the general populace. Taxes proposed include property, income and inheritance. Daniels speculates that the problem with unemployment in the country could be solved with taxes directed at the most wealthy in the nation.


Unemployment Solutions

Unemployment Solutions
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: 1915
This file includes correspondence discussing the efficiency and positive outcomes of the National Industrial League as compared to the Peace League. The motivation for the two organizations in this correspondence is to reduce unemployment in Kansas. This is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


Work-for-the-Unemployed League

Work-for-the-Unemployed League
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: 1915
This file includes correspondence to Governor Capper's office regarding unemployment and work in Wichita, Kansas from Honor J. J. Bulger. Governor Capper replies to Honor J. J. Bulger in support of his mission and League to find work for unemployed persons. This is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


Workmen's Compensation Law

Workmen's Compensation Law
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: 1915
This file includes correspondence relating to workmen's compensation law. Topics included, but not limited to, in the correspondence is financial responsibility for paying workers compensation, specifically for coal miners, and reduced pay for workers with permanent injuries from work related accidents. This is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


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