Stone Collection: Volume 74 - Item 26
26. The Border Ruffian Code in Kansas (N.p., ). (16 p.)
Compilation of Republican campaign documents related to the elections of 1856. The first document analyzes and subsequently derogates the slavery provisions in the Lecompton (pro-slavery) Constitution. The next document is a letter from the Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, W. Y. Roberts, in which the writer dissects Robert Toombs’s Kansas bill, which made concessions to anti-slavery forces but failed to provide for the ratification by popular vote of the constitution to be drafted by a constitutional convention. (This failure was the reason for the eventual rejection of the pro-slavery Lecompton Constitution in Congress.) The final section present the campaign platforms of the three parties vying for the presidential office—the South American Party [southern Know Nothings], the Democratic Party, and the Republican Party. A map of the United States showing the slave states, the free states, and the unorganized territories appears on the back.