Congress Honors 155th Anniversary Lecompton Constitution Rejection

By: Greg Palmer
By: Greg Palmer

WASHINGTON (WIBW)– A new resolution in the House of Representatives offered by Kansas Representatives Lynn Jenkins, Mike Pompeo and Kevin Yoder will recognize the historic decision by the House to reject the pro-slavery Lecompton Constitution of the territory of Kansas. The resolution will be dated for the anniversary (February 8, 1858) of Kansas’s admission into the union as a free state, following years of debate and violence between pro-slavery and abolitionist factions as demonstrated by the most violent attack agains Senator Sumner following his "A Crime Against Kansas" speech.

The historical details can be found here: CLICK HERE

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins said “The debate over the Lecompton Constitution not only resulted in the most infamous floor brawl in the history of the House of Representatives, but it also helped spark the Civil War and bring an end to the era of slavery”

Congressman Mike Pompeo added “Stopping the spread of slavery in the United States is a proud part of Kansas’s rich history and a milestone in the advancement of human freedom.”

Congressman Kevin Yoder pointed to the fact that “Kansans have a long history of doing what’s right, and we have a deep pride in the heritage of our great state. Kansans would not stand for the expansion of slavery within our boundaries, and with the defeat by the House of the Lecompton Constitution, Kansas once again took a leading stance for the equal treatment of all people.”

The actual resolution can be read here CLICK HERE


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