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Sheet Music, Ho! For Kansas
Author: Griswold, J. C. M.; Manley, J. E.
Date: Undated

This sheet music was composed by R. C. M. Griswold with words by J. E. Manley.

Keywords: Antislavery; Antislavery perspective; Boston, Massachusetts; Kansas Frontier; Manley, J. E.; Music; Songs

Cartoon, Liberty, the Fair Maid of Kansas in the Hands of the Border Ruffians
Author: No authors specified.
Date: Undated

This cartoon depicts William L. Marcy, James Buchanan, Franklin Pierce, Lewis Cass, and Stephen Douglas harassing Liberty, the representation of Kansas Territory. A former U.S. senator from New York, Marcy was a leader of the conservative Democrats, with pro-Southern leanings much like those of presidents Pierce and Buchanan; Marcy served as secretary of war (1845-1849) under James K. Polk and secretary of state (1853-1857) under President Pierce, during the worst of the Kansas troubles.

Keywords: Border ruffians; Buchanan, James, 1791-1868; Cartoons; Douglas, Stephen Arnold, 1813-1861; Pierce, Franklin, 1804-1869; Political cartoons

Lyrics, The Freeman's Song and The Kansas Emigrant Song
Author: Whittier, John Greenleaf
Date: c. 1854

These printed lyric sheets provided the words to "The Freeman's Song," which displayed an anti-slavery message, and to "The Kansas Emigrant Song" which spoke about the need for free state emigrants to populate the West.

Keywords: Abolitionists; Antislavery; Antislavery perspective; Emigration and immigration; Lyrics; Music; Poetry; Slavery; Songs; Whittier, John Greenleaf

Lyrics, Lays of the Emigrants
Author: Whittier, John Greenleaf
Date: August 29, 1854

This title page of a musical booklet was subtitled, "as sung by the second party for Kanzas, on their departure from Boston." It contains two songs. The first of the songs was written by J. G. Whittier and named "The Kanzas Emigrants." The other song is T. B. H.'s "Song of the Kanzas Emigrants."

Keywords: Antislavery; Antislavery perspective; Boston, Massachusetts; Emigration and immigration; Lyrics; Music; Settlement; Songs; Whittier, John Greenleaf

Sheet Music, The Kansas Call
Author: Ives, Jr., E. ; Larcom, Lucy
Date: 1855

This sheet music was for a song about the struggle in Kansas. Lucy Larcon wrote the words and E. Ives, Jr. composed the music.

Keywords: Entertainment; Ives, E., Jr.; Larcom, Lucy; Lyrics; Music; Songs

Sheet Music, Ho! For The Kansas Plains
Author: Clark, James G.
Date: 1855

Sheet music for a song about making Kansas a free state.

Keywords: Antislavery perspective; Clark, James G.; Music; Songs

Lyrics, Lays of the Emigrants as Sung by the Parties for Kanzas
Author: Larcom, Lucy ; Webb, Thomas H. (Hopkins), 1801-1866
Date: 1855

This circular, the full title being "Lays of the Emigrants as Sung by the Parties for Kanzas on the Days of Their Departure from Boston, During the Spring of 1855", contains the lyrics of both the song "Call to Kanzas" and "The Kanzas Emigrant's Song".

Keywords: Emigration and immigration; Larcom, Lucy; Lyrics; Music; Songs; Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866

Photograph, John Greenleaf Whittier
Author: No authors specified.
Date: c. 1860

Portrait of John Greenleaf Whittier, poet and Free-State supporter. In September, 1858, he published a poem in the Atlantic Monthly titled "Le marais Du Cygne", telling the story of the Marais des Cygnes massacre.

Keywords: Cabinet photographs; Charles Taber & Co.; Photographs and Illustrations; Poetry; Whittier, John Greenleaf

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Lyrics, The Freeman's Song and The Kansas Emigrant Song
Authors: Whittier, John Greenleaf
Date:  c. 1854
These printed lyric sheets provided the words to "The Freeman's Song," which displayed an anti-slavery message, and to "The Kansas Emigrant Song" which spoke about the need for free state emigrants to populate the West.

Keywords: Abolitionists; Antislavery; Antislavery perspective; Emigration and immigration; Lyrics; Music; Poetry; Slavery; Songs; Whittier, John Greenleaf


Carriers Address to the Patrons of the Kansas Weekly Herald
Authors: No authors specified.
Date:  January 1, 1855
This Carriers Address to the patrons of the Kansas Weekly Herald was published New Year's Day. It was in the form of a poem reflecting on events in 1854. The Kansas Weekly Herals was published in Leavenworth from 1854-1859.

Keywords: Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory; Leavenworth, Kansas Territory; Newspapers; Poetry


The Prairie Star: A paper edited by the ladies of the Philomathic Literary Society, Volume 1st, Number 1st
Authors: Kansas Philomathic Institute
Date:  January 24, 1857


Keywords: Community life; Kansas Philomathic Institute; Literature societies; Martin, Maria M. (Mrs. Samuel E.); Philomatic Literary Society; Poetry; Shawnee County, Kansas Territory; Topeka, Kansas Territory; Women


The Prairie Star: A paper edited by the ladies of the Philomathic Literary Society, Volume 1st, Number 2nd
Authors: Kansas Philomathic Institute
Date:  January 31, 1857
A weekly handwritten literary publication produced from January through April 1857 by the Topeka-based Kansas Philomathic Institute (also known as the Philomathic Literary Society). The literary club, which included male and female members, met weekly to read aloud essays and poems, which then were collected, recopied, and published as The Prairie Star. Maria M. Martin, wife of Dr. Samuel E. Martin, edited the paper.

Keywords: Community life; Kansas Philomathic Institute; Literature societies; Martin, Maria M. (Mrs. Samuel E.); Philomatic Literary Society; Poetry; Shawnee County, Kansas Territory; Topeka, Kansas Territory; Women


The Prairie Star: A paper edited by the ladies of the Philomathic Literary Society, Volume 1st, Number 7th
Authors: Kansas Philomathic Institute
Date:  March 7, 1857
A weekly handwritten literary publication produced from January through April 1857 by the Topeka-based Kansas Philomathic Institute (also known as the Philomathic Literary Society). The literary club, which included male and female members, met weekly to read aloud essays and poems, which then were collected, recopied, and published as The Prairie Star. Maria M. Martin, wife of Dr. Samuel E. Martin, edited the paper.

Keywords: Community life; Kansas Philomathic Institute; Literature societies; Martin, Maria M. (Mrs. Samuel E.); Philomatic Literary Society; Poetry; Shawnee County, Kansas Territory; Topeka, Kansas Territory; Women


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