Kansas Day

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One hundred forty eight years ago today, Kansas was admitted to the Union — the last state admitted before Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration and the advent of the Civil War.

Indeed, since its designation as a territory in 1854, events in Kansas had been intimately connected to the apparently inexorable advance toward Civil War. As the 34 stars in the field of the Kansas state flag indicate, Kansas was admitted as the 34th state — but even that was in doubt on this day in 1861. In the previous month, on December 20, 1860, South Carolina had seceded from the Union, followed by Mississippi (January 9, 1861), Florida (January 10), Alabama (January 11), Georgia (January 19) and Louisiana (January 26). The very survival of the Union to which Kansas had just been admitted was supremely in doubt.

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