A House Divided: Kansas’ Competing Constitutions III

Lead: One hundred and fifty years ago the Republic was facing its greatest crisis. This continuing series examines the American Civil War. It is A House Divided.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: When a territory wishes to become a state, it must among other things submit the results of a referendum requesting statehood and a constitution demonstrating that the state’s laws will be follow the United States constitution and legal system.

A House Divided: Kansas’ Competing Constitutions II

Lead:  One hundred and fifty years ago the Republic was facing its greatest crisis. This continuing series examines the American Civil War. It is A House Divided.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: With a pro-slavery legislature in Lecompton representing a decided minority and a large anti-slavery population demanding a free and clear referendum on statehood, Kansas in 1857 was in deep trouble.