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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 13: the First World War and a Return to Normalcy

The start of World War I and the subsequent US entry into the war led to an economic boost for the state of Kansas. There was a large demand for Kansas wheat but there was very little interst in participating in the war. It is interesting that many around the nation criticized Kansas for not showing more support of the war. Still, when the war was declared, even with the opposition, the state of Kansas did lots to support the war effort. It bought more than its quota of bonds and supported the rationing that was done. After the war Kansas did not continue its economic prosperity but did continue its anti-immigrant policies. The Ku Klux Klan revived itself and was strongly supported in the state of Kansas which is interesting because of the strong socialist influence in the southeastern part of the state.

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