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Anti-slavery constitution on display in Topeka

Published on -10/23/2013, 8:30 AM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A replica of an anti-slavery constitution that was drafted during the Bleeding Kansas era is going on display in Topeka.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://is.gd/YwpTGn ) reports that the Topeka Constitution was discovered recently at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., as documents were being placed on the Internet. Drafted in 1855 at Constitution Hall in Topeka, it is the first of four constitutions to be written during nationally divisive fights over whether Kansas would be a free or slave state.

Kansas finally entered the Union as a free state in 1861 under the Wyandotte Constitution. By that time, southern states were beginning to secede from the Union.

The original 26-page handwritten Topeka Constitution will remain in Washington. The replica is being unveiled Wednesday at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

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