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Carry Amelia Nation

Liegel Cooper

Carry Amelia Nation carrying a hatchet and Bible.


"Bricklayer Bill" Kennedy to Governor Fred Hall

"Bricklayer Bill" Kennedy

St. Louis, Missouri, resident "Bricklayer Bill" Kennedy writes Governor Fred Hall of Topeka, Kansas concerning his veto of the "Right-To-Work" bill (House Bill No. 30) then recently passed by both houses of the Kansas Legislature. Mr. Kennedy commends the Governor for vetoing the bill and implies that the entire laboring class in Kansas (both union and non-union) will benefit. A union member for fifty-eight years, Mr. Kennedy denounces any association with "red or radical" unions and thereby acknowledges a popular perception linking organized labor with communism. House Bill No. 30 stated that no person should be required to join a labor organization to gain or retain employment. Kansas voters at the 1958 general election approved a "Right-To-Work" amendment to the state constitution.


Goodby to holidays with pay

2nd District COPE

This political advertisement in the Wyandotte Echo sought to defeat the "right to work" amendment to the Kansas state constitution before voters in the November 1958 election. Though carried in 93 of the 105 Kansas counties, the amendment was unpopular in Wyandotte County where it was defeated by nearly 3 to 1.


Esther E. Abbott to Lena Waage Gardner

Abbott, Esther E.

A twenty-eight page letter written by Esther E. Abbott, Le Roy, Kansas, to Lena Waage Gardner, Los Angeles, CA. Esther writes about her father's death, events involving family members and friends; her election as postmaster in Le Roy, Kansas, and a fire that destroyed the Le Roy post office.


James B. Abbott, account of obtaining Sharp's rifles for Free State militia

Abbott, James B., 1818-1897

James Abbott recalled his experiences as a free state activist who participated in several Kansas Territory conflicts. In this account, he related a brief history of the Kansas Territory's political conflicts between free state and proslavery men, and recounted the events of his own trip back East to secure funds and rifles for the free state cause. His purchases included a mountain howitzer and 117 Sharp's rifles, all of which were smuggled under cover of disguise back to Kansas Territory and into the arms of free state militia. [This transcribed version of the events is either a copy of an original handwritten manuscript, or a compilation based on a personal oral interview.]


Account of provisions and supplies issued to destitute Shawnees

Abbott, James Burnett

This account book belonging to an Indian agent named James Burnett Abbott lists the names of Shawnee Indian heads of household, the number of family members within their household, and the amount of pork, corn, and meal provided by the government to each Shawnee. The Shawnee had emigrated to Kansas after the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Only an excerpt is included here.


James B. Abbott to Elizabeth W. Abbott

Abbott, James Burnett

James Abbott, serving as a Colonel in the Kansas free state militia wrote from a military skirmish in Sugar Mound, Kansas Territory, to his wife, Elizabeth, in Lawrence. He had hoped to return home within a week from his departure, but had received word from James Lane, Major General of the militia, that he could start home the following Saturday. Abbott reported the events of the skirmish, which thus far had resulted in the arrests of some men; no deaths had been reported.


Free State Mass Convention!

Abbott, James Burnett

James B. Abbott, as secretary of the 10th district committee of the Free State party, prepared this broadside to advertise a meeting to nominate two Senators and seven Representatives for the Legislature. Abbott wrote that the district included the following precincts: "Fish's Hotel, Palmyra, Blanton, Willow Springs, Franklin, Lawrence, and Benicia." The meeting was to be held in Lawrence on July 25, 1857.


James B. Abbott to O. P. Bayne

Abbott, James Burnett

James Abbott wrote from Lawrence, Kansas Territory, to Captain O. P. Bayne, to explain his delay in responding to Bayne's request for military aid. Abbott wrote that his engagement with the committee investigating election fraud in the December 21 and January 4 elections had caused him to pass the request to General Phillips (possiblity William A. Phillips). Phillips, instead of responding directly, waited for Major General James Lane to return to town and approve the action. Abbott was apologetic, and stated "if I had been at liberty I would have started at once. . .entirely independent of the Territorial Militia."


James B. Abbott to James H. Lane

Abbott, James Burnett

James Abbott wrote from his travels in Hartford, Connecticut, to James Lane, General of the Kansas free state militia. Abbott was attempting to raise money and supplies for the free state cause by soliciting donations from supporters in the East. However, he reported that "this season of the year is always unfavorable for all benevolent enterprises" and that the "bank and brokers panic" was making matters even more difficult. Abbott longed for "one more big fight in Kansas" even if it should cost him his life or the lives of others as "the object is worth all it will cost."

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