Jayhawkers is a term that came to prominence just before the American Civil War in Bleeding Kansas. FREE STATE bands known as ‘Jayhawkers' were guerrilla fighters who often clashed with pro-slavery groups from Missouri. After the Civil War, the word ‘Jayhawker' became synonymous with the people of Kansas. Today, a modified version of the term Jayhawk is used as a nickname for a native-born Kansan.
Sweet little Paula Trueman played Grandma Sarah in the 1976 anti-war classic The Outlaw Josey Wales. The first time we see her is inside Dyer & Jenkins Dry Goods where she delivers the famous lines...
"Never heard of nice things from Missouri coming West. And treading lightly is not my way. We're from Kansas. Jayhawkers, and proud of it.”
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