Item #32498 A GROUP OF EARLY KANSAS TERRITORIAL LAWS, 1856-1860. Kansas.
A GROUP OF EARLY KANSAS TERRITORIAL LAWS, 1856-1860.
A GROUP OF EARLY KANSAS TERRITORIAL LAWS, 1856-1860.
A GROUP OF EARLY KANSAS TERRITORIAL LAWS, 1856-1860.
A GROUP OF EARLY KANSAS TERRITORIAL LAWS, 1856-1860.

A GROUP OF EARLY KANSAS TERRITORIAL LAWS, 1856-1860.

[Lecompton, Lawrence, Topeka, Leavenworth, and the "bogus legislature" from Washington]: [1856-1877]. Five volumes, each paginated as described below, all ex-library. Three volumes rebound firmly in buckram; two volumes with detached [but present] boards. All text in Very Good condition.

The Territorial years in Kansas were a prelude to Civil War; Free State and Slave State factions struggled violently for control of the territorial government. The brutality of the competition is suggested by the laws punishing the crime of burning down houses in the nighttime, particularly with persons inside. The Legislature passed "An Act to Prevent and Punish Armed Invasions from or into this Territory," designed to deter pro-slavery Missouri Border Ruffians. A Memorial to Congress sought help in defeating those "marauding parties, that robbed and plundered the settlers." Another Act "forever prohibited" slavery. Territorial Governor Medary vetoed it, but it became law when the Legislature, by a two-thirds majority, overrode him.
We offer the following:
1. Laws of the Territory of Kansas. Washington: 1856. Pages 49-822, as issued. John T. Brady, Public Printer, certifies on page 822, "The pages in the first part of the volume, before page 49, are intended to be filled in the bound volume of laws with the Constitution of the United States, the organic act of the Territory, and the index to said laws." These are the laws of the so-called "bogus legislature" with a draconian pro-slavery code.
2. Laws of the Territory of Kansas, Passed at the Second Session of the General Legislative Assembly. Lecompton: 1857. [4], 378 pp. "Contains Geary's extensive message of January 12th, describing the 'frightful excesses,' 'outrages' and state of 'insurrection'; and the proceedings of the council in dealing with the condition of the Territory during the disturbed period" [Eberstadt]
AII 117. 137 Eberstadt 339.
3. Laws of the Territory of Kansas, Passed at the Third and Fourth Sessions of the General Legislative Assembly. Lecompton: 1858. 469, [2] pp.
AII 183.
4. Private Laws of the Territory of Kansas, Passed at the Fifth Session of the Legislative Assembly. Lawrence: 1859. 233pp.
AII 223.
5. General Laws Passed by the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Kansas, at the General and Special Sessions of the Year 1860. Lecompton: 1860. 264pp.
AII 252. Item #32498

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