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John Brown to Bob Dole Movers and Shakers in Kansas History

ISBN-10: 070061429X
ISBN-13: 9780700614295
Edition: 2006
Authors: Virgil W. Dean
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Description: From radical abolitionist John Brown to presidential candidate Bob Dole to visionary environmentalist Wes Jackson, Kansas history is bursting with fascinating stories of individuals who made a difference to the nation and whose lives reveal much  More...

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 408
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

From radical abolitionist John Brown to presidential candidate Bob Dole to visionary environmentalist Wes Jackson, Kansas history is bursting with fascinating stories of individuals who made a difference to the nation and whose lives reveal much about our collective past. Prominent Kansas historian Virgil Dean has gathered a distinguished team of writers--Thomas Isern, Craig Miner, and others--who have crafted incisive portraits of 27 notable men and women, covering 150 years of Kansas and American history. Here are agitators who moved their fellow citizens to action over political, social, and economic problems: not only John Brown, but also proslavery agitator William H. Russell; Mary Elizabeth Lease, lecturer for the Farmers' Alliance and Populist Party; Gerald B. Winrod, a.k.a. the "Jayhawk Hitler"; and Esther Brown, who challenged segregation in public schools. Here, too, are motivators, like women's rights activist Clarina I.H. Nicholas; William Allen White, the "Sage of Emporia"; and favorite sons Dwight D. Eisenhower and Bob Dole. Then there are the innovators, from trailblazers like Joseph G. McCoy, who changed the face of the cattle industry, and wheat king Theodore C. Henry to Wes Jackson, a pioneer in the sustainable agriculture movement, and the multitalented Gordon Parks, photographer, filmmaker, and author of The Learning Tree. Reformers and preachers, publishers and artists, these fascinating personalities are brought vividly back to life by Dean and his fellow authors. They offer a fresh and engaging look at many of the important themes of Kansas history--especially the state's identification with some of the great radical movements, including abolitionism, populism, and civil rights--and ultimately recapture the true spirit of Kansas and its meaning for the rest of the nation.

Preface
Introduction: Kansas History, Kansas Biography
Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War, 1854-1865
John Brown of Osawatomie
James H. Lane: Radical Conservative, Conservative Radical
William H. Russell: Proslavery Partisan and Western Entrepreneur
Clarina Irene Howard Nichols: "A Large-Hearted, Brave, Faithful Woman"
Settlement and Development, 1865-1890
Joseph G. McCoy and the Creation of the Mythic American West
Theodore C. Henry: Frontier Booster and Nostalgic Old Settler
Frederick H. Harvey and the Revolution in Nineteenth-Century Food Service
Bernhard Warkentin and the Making of the Wheat State
The Age of Reform, 1880-1925
Mary Ann "Mother" Bickerdyke: A Gilded Age Icon
Mary Elizabeth Lease: Advocate for Political Reform
Charles M. Sheldon: Pastor, Author, and Passionate Social Reformer
William Allen White: The Voice of Middle America
Samuel J. Crumbine: Individualizing the Standard for Twentieth-Century Public Health
Kate Richards O'Hare: A Life of Dissent
Reaction, Depression, and War, 1920-1945
Emanuel and Marcet Haldeman-Julius: An Innovative Partnership in Publishing
Alfred M. Landon: Budget Balancer
Walter A. Huxman: Leading by Example
Gerald B. Winrod: From Fundamentalist Preacher to "Jayhawk Hitler"
John Steuart Curry: A Portrait of the Artist as a Kansan
R. H. Garvey: "Operations Are Interesting"
Kansans and Kansas since World War II, 1945-2004
Esther Brown: In Pursuit of Human Rights and Social Justice
Dwight D. Eisenhower: His Legacy in World Affairs
Gordon Parks and the Unending Quest for Self-fulfillment
Vern Miller: Kansas' Supercop
Robert J. Dole: Driven to Perform, Destined to Motivate
Notes
The Contributors
Index

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