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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 5: “Bleeding Kansas” The Territorial Period

This chapter covers the 1850s leading up to the Civil War when both proslavery and antislavery came to the state in order to gain the influence of the territorial government. Like the Miner book, Richmond makes it clear that the idea of Bleeding Kansas was greatly exaggerated by the media and has grown into legend over the years but the lack of violence does not diminish the importance of the actions taken during the time. The chapter covers the politics of the time period along with some of the violence that was experienced but an interesting aspect that Richmond takes a close look at is the variety of different people that came to the state and the lifestyle they dealt with when they arrived. This can be used in the classroom by looking at how the variety of people would bring with them tremendously different ideas and how that might influence future politics in the state.

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