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Historical Atlas of Kansas, 2nd ed, Homer E. Socolofsky, Huber Self

1 Historical Atlas of Kansas, 2nd ed
Homer E. Socolofsky, Huber Self
184 pages, 12 x 9, paperback, University of Oklahoma Press
A proper knowledge of the long and eventful history of Kansas requires an understanding of the state's geography. While the "place called Kansas" was originally the home of certain Indian tribes, the earliest recorded histories of the state are chronicles of journeys across it. Adventurers, traders, and pioneers crossed Kansas on the way to the Rocky Mountains, on the way to California, on the way to Oregon, and on the way to the Spanish settlements of the Southwest.
Price: 29.95 USD



2 Indian Place-Names: Their Origin, Evolution, and Meanings, Collected in Kansas from the Siouan, Algonquian, Shoshonean, Caddoan, Iroquoian, and Other Tongues
John Rydjord
392 pages, 9 x 6, paperback / softcover, University of Oklahoma Press
The great variety of Indian place-names in Kansas resulted from attempts to create a pernament Indianfrontier in the West. Beyond Missouri and Arkansas lay the Great American Desert, and there the Indians from the East were urged to settle, supposedly free from the white man's frontier. Consequently, Kansas has Indian place-names not only from its early native inhabitants (Siouan, Caddoan, and Shoshonean tribes) but also from the Algonquians, Iroquois, and other eastern groups, and even a few from the West.
The study of place-names has many facets - linguistics, geography, legends, literature, and folklore. Avoiding the straitjacket of purely linguistic treatment, Dr. Rydjord has grouped the names into chapters based mainly on tribes or linguistic families and treated the names in their historical context,delving into the circumstances that caused them to be given to each political and topographical feature and including a variety of interpretations, even contradictory ones.
Price: 19.95 USD



3 CD: A History of Lawrence, Kansas From the First Settlement to the Close of the Rebellion
Richard Cordley
(1895) 2003, CD, Graphic Images, Adobe Acrobat, PC and MAC, index, 320 pp, Heritage Books
This volume presents a history of Lawrence during its turbulent first decade through the close of the Civil War. It was a period of violent controversy over the slavery issue. In 1863, the town was the scene of a devastating raid by the Quantrill guerilla band in which one hundred forty-two Lawrence residents were massacred. (The author was an eyewitness to the raid.) Cordley arrived in Kansas in 1857. He served as the pastor of the Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence from 1857 to 1875 and from 1884 to 1895. New full name index.
Price: 12.00 USD

The Life and Times of Lawman Joe Thralls, Tom S. Coke

4 The Life and Times of Lawman Joe Thralls
Tom S. Coke
(2006), 2008, 5x8, paper, index, 206 pp, Heritage Books
Were there really lawmen like those portrayed on TV? Were there others besides the handful mentioned in Wild West books and movies? Yes! Joe Thralls was the unflinching model of what a peace officer should be: reserved, steady, and consistent. Joe Thralls spent his entire career as a lawman and town leader in Wellington, a much-traveled area of the west situated near the Chisholm Trail in Sumner County, Kansas. Joe Thralls was a respected member of Wellington from his arrival in 1871 till his death nearly fifty-seven years later. That span saw him as a constable, city marshal, deputy sheriff, sheriff, deputy U.S. marshal, a successful cattleman, real estate salesman, and a city mayor. Thralls tangled with outlaws, cowboys, and cattlemen. He dealt with horse thieves, vigilantes, and necktie parties. Records seem to indicate he often faced danger calmly. Few today recognize his name though he played a crucial role in taming this part of the West. The cattle trade brought with it characters with money to burn, liquor to drink, guns to shoot, and women to visit. But cowboys weren't the only actors on this stage. With all the money, cattle, horses, and business going on, this couldn't help but attract a darker side. Horse and cattle thieves, train and bank robbers, claim jumpers, card sharks, and other sorts of shady characters found opportunities around them. To control them, law-abiding citizens formed vigilante committees and posses to hunt down and hang the culprits. Eventually the legal system became more organized and played a larger role in controlling the outlaw element. But it was rough going in the early years. Sumner County between 1870 and 1885 probably saw as much Wild West action as anywhere in the country. Cattle herds from Texas reached their zenith the year Joe Thralls came to Sumner County. A fullname plus subject index augments this well-documented narrative.
Price: 27.00 USD


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