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Kansas Territory citizens to the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America

This unsigned statement was written to protest "the practice of taxing the people of the Territories for the support of a Government in which they are not represented." The residents of Kansas Territory complained that they had had no voice in how these tax dollars were appropriated, and they asked this "honorable body" to remit to them these taxes. Since this was during the drought of 1860, they declared that they would use these funds for famine relief.

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Kansas Affairs

Daniels, Edward

Edward Daniels wrote "to the Friends of Free Kansas" from the office of the National Kansas Committee in Chicago, Illinois, on December 1, 1856. Daniels had just returned from the Kansas Territory, and presented nine "facts and suggestions" to explain how people in the East could provide support to free state settlers (including suggestions by which ministers and communities could raise necessary funds and/or provisions). Daniels believed that a large emigration of free state supporters was needed in the spring of 1857, and provided suggestions about what to take (including seed) and how to get to the Kansas Territory.

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Kansas grit

Strode, Josephine

Josephine Strode, a social worker in western Kansas, wrote this brief account of how Kansans coped during the 1930s Dust Bowl. She expresses the concerns of social workers who believe that government programs were not doing enough to relieve the burdens relief clients faced. The article also includes some popular "tall tales" circulating in the Dust Bowl. The article appeared in The Survey.

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Patrons of Chase County

Wood, S. N. (Samuel Newitt)

S. N. Wood, Relief Agent for Chase County, and master of the Falls Grange subordinate chapter of the Patrons of Husbandry (Kansas State Grange), composed this circular for distribution to other subordinate granges in Chase County. The circular requests information on members' needs for farm relief. The circular demonstrates the broad, but often inadequate, network of social services provided by agricultural fraternities in the 1870s and the desperate conditions farmers faced during unfavorable economic or environmental conditions. George Wood (master of a subordinate grange in Chase County) provided his response by writing his answers in the margins.

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