When the Civil War broke out in April 1861, Kansas was in a unique position. It had been a state for mere weeks, and already its residents were intimately acquainted with civil strife. Kansasas War illuminates the new stateas main preoccupations: the internal struggle for control of policy and patronage; border security; and issues of raceaespecially efforts to come to terms with the burgeoning African American population and Native Americansa coninuing claims to nearly one-fifth of the stateas land. These documents demonstrate how politicians, soldiers, and ordinary Kansans were transformed by the war.T. he six years Kansas spent as a territory were marked by a sense of urgency. Aside from the violence, there is perhaps no better ... For both sides in the Kansas struggle, admission to the Union offered the answer to their prayers and problems. ... By virtue of an effective Republican propaganda machine, this Topeka Constitution garnered considerable support during the ... The Topeka Constitution was an outgrowth of the flawed territorial elections of late 1854 and early 1855.
|Author||:||Pearl T. Ponce|
|Publisher||:||Ohio University Press - 2011-02-15|