It Happened in Kansas: Remarkable Events that Shaped History

It Happened in Kansas: Remarkable Events that Shaped History

by Sarah Smarsh

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A land of political paradoxes as extreme as those of its weather, Kansas is a state that both helped win women the right to vote and first banned alcohol. It Happened in Kansas goes behind the scenes to tell its story, in short episodes that reveal the intriguing people and events that have shaped the Sunflower State.

Learn how the destruction of Lawrence, an abolitionist stronghold, on May 21, 1856, fed John Brown's thirst for revenge. Remember Amelia Mary Earhart, the adventurous child who grew up to make her hometown of Atchison, Kansas, proud. Follow the exploits of charlatan John R. Brinkley, the "Goat-Gland Doctor" who went from preying on rural communities to taking America and the world by storm.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762758623
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/17/2010
Series: It Happened In Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,161,440
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Sarah Smarsh is an award-winning freelance writer and an assistant professor of English at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, where she teaches creative nonfiction writing. A Kansas native, she has written for the Huffington Post, Kansas City's the Pitch, and newspapers across the Midwest.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Twelve Mile Creek-8400 B.C 1

City of Gold, Sea of Grass-1541 6

Indian Removal-1831 11

The Pottawatomie Massacre-1856 16

Quantrill's Raid-1863 21

Exodusters-1877 26

Dodging Prohibition-1880 31

The Farmer's Wife-1890-1894 37

The Father of Basketball-1898 44

Hatchet Job-1899-1901 49

First Flight-1904 54

Eisenhower's Roots-1909 60

The Goat-Gland Doctor-1917 67

Coal Miners' Daughters-1921 76

The Dirty Thirties-1935 81

Planes on the Plains-1944 86

Mental Revolution-1953 91

Separate but Not Equal-1954 97

Piece of the Pie-1958 102

Shotgun Artist-1981-1997 106

Guy Divided-1991 111

Gateway to Hell-1993 116

The Patriot Guard Riders-2005 121

The Flying Spaghetti Monster-2005 126

Greensburg-2007 131

Bibliography 137

Index 145

About the Author 149

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