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Gary L Cheatham
"A Brave and Gallant Company," A Kansas City Hospital in France During the First World War
Article describes the U.S. Army Base Hospital No. 28 located in Limoges, France, from July 1918 until May 1919. Many of the hospital personnel were associated with the University of Kansas School of Medicine...
"A Pretty Weedy Flower"
This article traces William Allen White's political beliefs and actions. From his newspaper office in Emporia, White supported liberal causes, but also championed conservative issues he believed would...
"If the Union Wins, We Won't Have Anything Left": The Rise and Fall of the Southern Cherokees of Kansas
Maps, photos, and article about the Cherokees of Kansas and their settlement of the Cherokee Neutral Lands and Chetopa, Kansas, area. Includes a table "Heads of Cherokee Families Identified as Living on...
"In Behalf of Freedom:" Charles and Sara Robinson of Kansas
Short biographical article about Charles and Sara Robinson, Kansas' first governor and first lady. Robinson, an advocate of the free-state cause, established the town of Lawrence, Kansas, in 1854. The...
"Nobody Out Here Knows Anything About Wimin's Rights"
Title contines "Clarina Howard Nichols, Woman's Rights, and Abolitionism in Kansas Territory." Article discusses Clarina Howard Nichols, one of the most notable nineteenth-century women's rights activisits...
"Sound on the Goose," A Search for the Answer to an Age Old "Question"
An article about the significance and meaning behind the slang phrase "sound on the goose." Redd and Etcheson's research reveals that the phrase was code for support and "commitment to the proslavery cause...
''A Species of Town-Building Madness'': Quindaro and Kansas Territory, 1856-1862
Story of the town of Quindaro, Kansas, which materialized for a short while on the Missouri River upriver from the Town of Kansas (Kansas City) in 1857. The site was selected by Abelard Guthrie and Charles...
''We All Had a Cause'': Kansas City's Bomber Plant, 1941-1945
The B-25 bomber was crucial to the war effort during World War II and many of these bombers were made in North American Aviation's Kansas City, Kansas facility. "This article describes the origin and development...
''Within the Limits of the Southern Confederacy'': The C.S.A.'s Interest in the Quapaw, Osage, and Cherokee Tribal Lands of Kansas
Article explores the Confederacy's interest in securing Indian tribal support as well as tribal land in southern Kansas. "In all, the Confederacy signed treaties with three tribes holding lands in southern...
'Nature Scarcely ever Formed a More Beautiful Place . . . . '
Overview of the travels of Zebulon Pike's Southwestern Expedition of 1806 through what is now the state of Kansas. The author writes that Pike and his men entered Kansas just north of present-day Fort...
A Day Trip Celebrating Kansas City's Leeds Neighborhood
An exhibit in Jefferson City, Missouri, during Black History Month, 2003, featured the community of Leeds, home to a group of African Americans in the Kansas City area. The author details the exhibit as...
A Footnote to the Pottawatomie Massacre, 1856
Five pro-slavery settlers were killed at the Pottawatomie Massacre, May 24, 1856. They were: James P. Doyle and his two sons William and Drury, Allen Wilkinson and William Sherman. Allen Wilkinson was...
A Look at Early Lawrence: Letters From Robert Gaston Elliott
Robert Gaston Elliott came to Lawrence, Kansas Territory in 1854 and established the Kansas Free State newspaper which was opposed to the introduction of slavery into the territory. He was born in Union...
Balance Statement: A Journal Posting on the Funding of the Truman-Dewey 1948 Presidential Election
The focus of this article is the 1948 presidential campaign and in particular the campaign financial aspects of both Democrat Harry Truman and Republican Thomas Dewey. An analysis of the facts and figures...
Beauty of the Beast
Article describes Kansas buffalo and several ranches around the state in which buffalo are raised.
Beyond Lewis and Clark
Article describes a number of explorers who travelled the West in the employ of the U.S. Army after the Lewis and Clark Expedition. These include Zebulon Pike, Stephen H. Long, John Charles Fremont, and...
Centropolis: Boom Town on the Blue River
History of the Centropolis industrial district along the Blue River between Kansas City and Independence, with photos and maps, describing both the real industrial and residential developments there and...
Comes a Horseman
Article describes the history and use of the draft horse in cultivating the Midwest region.
Death of Margaret Landis Former member of UCHS
Obituary for author Margaret Landis, excerpted from the Kansas City Star. March 27, 2002.
Drawing the Color Line in Kansas City: The Creation of Sumner High School
Although the grammar schools of Kansas City, Kansas, were completely segregated by 1890, the same state law that permitted this practice in cities with more than fifteen thousand residents specifically...
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