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The Oregon Trail The Oregon Trail For young adult readers 
by Francis Parkman, E.N. Feltskog (Editor)  
Francis Parkman learns firsthand from the Indians--and not from the remnants of eastern tribes, what Plains Indians are like from his personal journey on the Oregon Trail. It was his own fortitude and perseverance-perseverance under the most grievous physical afflictions-that made it possible for Parkman to see as much of the West as he did, to experience at first hand the life of the explorer and the trapper and hunter, and even of the Indian. And it was his arduous preparation, his intellectual curiosity, his talent for observation, his enthusiasm, his gift for dramatic narrative, that enabled him to reconstruct from his fragmentary Journals what he had seen and to convey it with such youthful exuberance to generations of readers. Buy this book now
Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier by Joanna L. Stratton
Never before has there been such a detailed portrait of women's courage. Here are the stories of wilderness mothers, schoolmarms, Indian squaws, immigrants, homesteaders and circuit riders. And their recollections of prairie fires, locust plagues, Indian raids, cowboy shootouts, blizzards and more. Photos.
The Cattle Towns The Cattle Towns by Robert R. Dykstra
Robert Dykstra 'tells it as it really was' in Wichita, Abilene, Ellsworth, Dodge City, and Caldwell during the two decades following the Civil War when entrepreneurs endeavored to capture the Texas cattle trade and utilize it as the economic base for building another Chicago or St. Louis on the edge of the Great Plains.
Cowboys and Kansas: Stories from the Tallgrass Prairie Cowboys and Kansas: Stories from the Tallgrass Prairie by Jim Hoy
Rodeo cowboys, movie cowboys, television cowboys, pulp-western cowboys, singing cowboys, drugstore cowboys, urban cowboys, line-dance cowboys, and weekend cowboys ultimately all owe their existence to the working cowboy who earns his living on a ranch or, in the old days, earned it as a drover. And without Kansas, the working cowboy, America's greatest folk hero, would not have developed into the national symbol we all know. In Cowboys and Kansas Jim Hoy educates and entertains us with essays and tales about cowboy life that are based on personal experience, folklore, and history.
Schoolwomen of the Prairies and Plains Schoolwomen of the Prairies and Plains by Mary Hurlbut Cordier
Personal Narratives from Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska, 1860S-1920s. Part one provides a very useful history of rural schools and the "feminization of teaching" in three Midwestern states; part two offers the personal stories of five representative "schoolwomen."
Cowtown Lawyers Cowtown Lawyers by C. Robert Haywood
Dodge City and Its Attorneys, 1876-1886.
Victorian West Victorian West by C. Robert Haywood
Class and culture in Kansas cattle towns. In this study of "the cattle towns of post-Civil War Kansas, Haywood examines Dodge City, Caldwell, and Wichita. Although they were not exact replications of Eastern communities, the cattle towns 'incorporated much of American Victorianism' and 'the majority of permanent residents believed themselves to be in harmony with eastern folks who were clearly Victorian in character.
Farming the Dust Bowl Farming the Dust Bowl by Lawrence Svobida
This is the story of Lawrence Svobida, a Kansas wheat farmer who fought searing drought, wind, erosion, and economic hard times in the Dust Bowl. It is a vivid account by a farmer who pitted his physical strength, mental faculties, and financial resources against the environment as nature wreaked havoc across the southern Great Plains. Svobida's description of Dust Bowl agriculture is important not only because it accurately describes farming in that region but also because it is one of the few first-hand accounts that remain of the frightening and still haunting dust-laden decade of the 1930's.
Sod-House Days: Letters from a Kansas Homesteader, 1877-78 Sod-House Days by Howard Ruede, John Ise (Editor)
Letters from a Kansas Homesteader, 1877-1878.
Warpaths: The Illustrated History of the Kansas City Chiefs Warpaths: The Illustrated History of the Kansas City Chiefs by Alan L. Hoskins, Bob Moon
From the team's meager beginning as the Dallas Texans in the fledgling American Football League in the sixties, through the ups and downs of the seventies and eighties, to the rebirth of their winning ways in the nineties, Warpaths: The Illustrated History of the Kansas City Chiefs follows one of the NFL's most popular teams through victories, setbacks, and struggles for respect.
Hometown Beer: A History of Kansas City's Breweries Hometown Beer: A History of Kansas City's Breweries by H. James Maxwell, Bob Sullivan Jr.
"Hometown Beer is just about the most visually stunning regional brewing history we've yet seen. Its got everything -- oversized 9x12 format, hard cover, nearly 600 illustrations, and the great layout really drives home the richness of brewing history in America. And you don't have to be from Kansas City to love this book. Its got entire chapters dedicated to Anheuser-Busch, Schlitz, Lemp, and lots of material on Pabst, Blatz, Miller, Schoenhofen, Hamm's, and many others." Carl Miller, beerhistory.com

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