TO KANSAS

TO KANSAS

Kansas, you were once
a beacon of freedom
in the heart of the nation.
You made the slave masters
quake with rage and fear.
What are you now?
Homeland of reactionaries,
those who would deny freedom,
those who would close the books to truth,
shout down individuality,
suppress free thought,
just like the slave masters against whom
our pioneer fathers fought.

Sons and daughters of Kansas,
sons of John Brown and of Lawrence,
daughters of Free Soilers and Jayhawkers,
heirs of the abolitionist spirit—
to all Progressives with roots in the rich Kansas soil:
Take back Kansas!
Take back Kansas!

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