Letters to the Editor

Free State focus

September 23, 2009


To the editor:

The editorial “Big Birthday” (Journal-World, Sept. 20) states that Lawrence was “founded on the conviction that slavery should be abolished.” The founders from Massachusetts significantly included abolitionists, but the need in Kansas at that time was to keep slavery out of Kansas, not to abolish slavery. That Free State goal, not the abolition of slavery, is what those in Lawrence and Kansas most importantly worked for, and with eventual success. It seems more suitable to think of early Lawrencians as Free Staters instead of abolitionists. As such they played a notable role in the coming of the Civil War.


mom_of_three 8 years, 2 months ago

Opened a can of worms with that comment. Because if you start talking about Free State, then you have to mention the Wyandotte Constitution, which gives "Free State" a bad connotation. Eventually "Free State" became synonomous with the anti-slavery/abolitionists, but it wasn't always that way.
But I didn't want to say anything with the earlier commentary.

kcmetro 8 years, 2 months ago

Are there any Paraguayans here? No? Well, of course, their request for subsidies was not uh Paraguayan as it is, as it were, uh the United States government would never have if the President, our President had not and as far as I know that's the way it will always be. Is that clear?

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