NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Two Constitution Halls Reflect The Struggle Over Slavery In Kansas

Ways To Subscribe
Kansas Historical Society
An illustration of the Topeka Constitutional Hall where in October, 1855, delegates met to draft a constitution. Both that document and the request for admission to the Union were rejected by the U.S. Congress.

As the country battled over the issue of slavery, what happened within these halls pushed America closer to civil war.

There were four constitutions written for Kansas before one actually saw the territory into statehood. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Kansas has two constitution halls, one in Lecompton and the other in Topeka. Hear the stories of these historic structures and the different Kansas each represents.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.