The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Jayhawker

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The Encyclopedia Americana
Jayhawker
Edition of 1920. See also Jayhawker on Wikipedia, and the disclaimer.

JAYHAWKER, a name originating in Kansas during the slavery and anti-slavery warfare; applied to a few Free State men who organized a system of retaliation against proslavery outrages. Governor Lane of Kansas, in 1861, declared that “the people of Kansas were neither thieves, plunderers, nor jayhawkers.”