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Annals of Kansas, April - May, 1855

Annals of Kansas, April - May, 1855
Creator: Wilder, Daniel Webster, 1832-1911
Date: April, 1855 through May, 1855
D. W. Wilder's "Annals of Kansas," published in 1886, provides a day-by-day chronicle of significant events in Kansas. These are digital images of Annals of Kansas entries for the territorial period of 1854-1861.


Do you endorse murder?

Do you endorse murder?
Date: 1911
A small pamphlet noting the injustice and lawlessness that blacks endured. Inside the pamphlet is a picture of a black man who had been killed by a group of white men.


Ku Klux Klan cross burning

Ku Klux Klan cross burning
Date: Between 1920 and 1929
Members of the Ku Klux Klan burning a cross


Lynch Law in Hiawatha, Kansas

Lynch Law in Hiawatha, Kansas
Date: December 01, 1892
This newspaper article from the Kansas Democrat focuses on the lynching of Commodore True and how the town of Hiawatha is defying the state law that prohibits the sale of intoxicating liquors. The article goes on to state that city officials lack the backbone to prosecute those who violate the law.


Willliam B. Shockley affidavit

Willliam B. Shockley affidavit
Creator: Shockley, William B.
Date: March 25, 1869
William B. Shockley, Clerk of the District Court at Cherokee County, testifies before Henry G. Sumner, Justice of the Peace of Cherokee County, concerning an armed band of men opposing the operation of a land office at Baxter Springs (Cherokee County). The band of two hundred and twelve armed men identified themselves as the Cherokee Neutral Land League. The League arrested or threatened persons associated with the land office and raided the office to steal its plat maps and land entries. The League was composed of many settlers of the Cherokee Neutral Lands, which lands were open for sale in 1866 by treaty with the Cherokee. The League's actions were an attempt to stop the construction of a railroad by the Missouri River, Fort Scott & Gulf Railroad whose recent purchase of the lands many considered illegal. James F. Joy represented the railroad. In May 1869, Governor James Harvey appealed for federal troops to help control settler violence.


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