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Frontier Manhattan : Yankee settlement to Kansas town, 1854-1894 / Kevin G.W. Olson.

By: Olson, Kevin G. W.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, 2012Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780700621774; 0700621776.Subject(s): Frontier and pioneer life -- Kansas -- ManhattanAdditional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 978.1/28 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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It is not unusual to ascribe the "booster spirit" to the creation and development of most Great Plains towns. In the case of Manhattan, Kansas, however, that spirit came in an unusual form during the mid-1850s. Two groups of people ultimately staked out town sites at the confluence of the Kansas and Big Blue Rivers, where future trade and agricultural development seemed assured. Isaac Goodnow and his New England abolitionists settled the area first and were soon joined by Free Staters who migrated from southern Ohio. Much of the town's early history was indirectly affected by the broader violence of Bleeding Kansas, which pitted proslavery and antislavery factions against each other. After the Civil War, the town grew rapidly as it tapped into the state's farming and ranching economies, western transportation industry, nearby Fort Riley's lucrative military contracts, and the jobs and prestige associated with what ultimately became Kansas State University. This well-written study utilizes a wealth of primary documentation to authenticate the transformation of a small community into a thriving city that still pays homage to its Yankee roots. Intended for researchers and adult readers. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. M. L. Tate University of Nebraska at Omaha

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