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“We, The People of Kansas …” The Story of Kansas’s Founding Documents, 1820-2020

Date and Time: October 11, 2022, 6:00 PM CT

Location: Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence
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A nation or state's founding documents speak to the values and aspirations of its people, and at a functional level, provide the functions of government. For the United States, these are the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, and for Kansas, the 1859 Wyandotte Constitution qualifies. It stipulated the form of government, a bill of rights, and systems for elections, education, public institutions, and even the formation of counties and townships. This talk will explore the key components of the Wyandotte Constitution and look at other foundational documents in the state's history. It will also explore the modifications to the constitution to expand the role of government and rights for individuals over the 160 years of statehood. Presented by Virgil Dean.

This presentation is part of "21st Century Civics," a collection of resources that invite Kansans to participate in community discussions and learn more about the history of American democracy and the shared responsibilities of citizenship. "21st Century Civics" is made possible with support from "A More Perfect Union: America at 250," an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Sponsored by: Lawrence Public Library


For more information about this event, please contact:
Melissa Fisher-Isaacs
(785) 843-3833


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