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Location: Halstead, Kansas, United States

This is my seventh year at Halstead which is also where I live with my wife and my soon to be two year old daughter.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Richmond Chapter 10: Immigrants On The Prairies

This is the first chapter and really the first instance that the book mentions any immigrants or minorities. The Mennonites settled originally in Pennsylvania but slowly drifted westward to Kansas and brought their farming techniques and peaceful nonresistant ways. In western Kansas there were many German-Russians who farmed and kept their Roman Catholic religion. Both of these groups became major targets during the First World War. Other groups include the Balkan influence in Southeast Kansas and the African American exodusters who came into the state after the Civil War. It might be beneficial for students to use maps of Kansas and color in different areas that were settled by different groups of people. Another idea would be to go through last names from phone books to see the origin of different names that are common in the area.

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