Today, 150 years ago, the federal government officially recognized Kansas as a state. After six years of terrorism and guerilla warfare between the "Pukes" (aka Border Ruffians) and the Jayhawkers, the Jayhawkers won. Topeka triumphed over Lecompton; free labor and free soil triumphed over the evils of slavery.
God bless, my home state, Kansas. To the stars through difficulties.