Subject: Freedoms Remarked
From: Christopher W. Thomas (
Date: Mon May 31, 1999 at 7:11PM

Freedoms Remarked

On this day in eighteen hundred and fifty-four
An area was established which'd become a sore
Culminating in a great war between the states
For it was given the right to call its own fate ...

In regard to the issue of choice relating to slavery
An issue hotly contested, for it wasn't neighborly
As popular sovereignty really served very few ...
Causing sides, and the country's break into two

A little later, the Emigrant Aid Company was formed
Promoting antislavery immigration in the land torn
Conceived to assure enough squatters would move in
Who chose against slavery, but membership was thin

And so Kansas eventually would split over slavery
While Nebraska committed to the other way, namely
Remaining free, choosing not to lean any way at all
And staying out of the Civil War, following its own call

It would gain statehood just two years after the war
But Kansas obtained it just before the country tore
With its inhabitants bitterly divided within its own land
Causing more casualties there than on any other state's sand ...

After the Torrington, Connecticut-born John Brown
Moved to Kansas, then fought pro-slavers on grounds
Asserting he was an instrument in the hand of God
Precipitating the larger movement - following grounds he trod ...

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
written 1:40pm Mem. Day
(for Sun. May 30th, 1999)