Tomorrow marks the 150th birthday of the state of Kansas. Once called “Bleeding Kansas”, the territory was the focus of some violent incidents involving folks who disagreed over slavery. Don’t forget John Brown was from Kansas and he didn’t hesitate to make his pro-slavery opponents bleed.
Kansas has been a symbol for the pioneering spirit … with thousands coming to our state to settle and farm the millions of grassland acres, including my family. We are also known for the cowboy and the violence of the early railheads … Abilene, Wichita, Hays, and Dodge City.
We produced a native son who supervised the winning for World War Two and then served two terms as president. We’ve been a hot bed not only of abolition but also abortion … and socialism, populism, and conservatism. Kansas has been an interesting place over the past 150 years. I’m proud of our state and its history.
Tomorrow is not only our state’s birthday but also my late father’s. He would have turned 91 on Kansas Day this year.
Our thought for today is from John W. Gardner:
“History never looks like history when you are living through it.”