Kansass War: The Civil War in Documents by Pearl T. PonceKansass War: The Civil War in Documents by Pearl T. Ponce

Kansass War: The Civil War in Documents

EditorPearl T. Ponce

Paperback | February 15, 2011

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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. Since its organization as a territory in 1854, Kansas had been the focus of a national debate over the place of slavery in the Republic. By 1856, the ideological conflict developed into actual violence, earning the territory the sobriquet “Bleeding Kansas.” Because of this steady escalation in violence, the state’s transition from peace to war was not as abrupt as that of other states.

Kansas’s War illuminates the new state’s main preoccupations: the internal struggle for control of policy and patronage; border security; and issues of race—especially efforts to come to terms with the burgeoning African American population and Native Americans’ coninuing claims to nearly one-fifth of the state’s land. These documents demonstrate how politicians, soldiers, and ordinary Kansans were transformed by the war.

Pearl T. Ponce is an assistant professor of history at Ithaca College.
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Title:Kansass War: The Civil War in DocumentsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:February 15, 2011Publisher:Ohio University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0821419366

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“Pearl Poncehas effectively tackled the state of Kansas in a fresh and thought-provoking collection of documents, many of which have been hidden in archives or newspapers since John Brown caused all that fuss back in 1856.”
— Kansas History