WHEAT COUNTRY by William Bracka


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Placing high in this series, this portrait of Kansas has a genuine animation and sparkle and is a composite of historical incidents, social issues, famous figures. From the first wagon crossings to the first settlements, Kansas' real start as a wheat state began with the Mennonites- the ""hook and eye Dutch""- who brought the wheat with them. Here are the bloody days of the Civil War; the spartan aspects of pioneer living; the evolution of her politics and her journalism; the great issue- temperance, and the noisy hubbub which attended it. And through all this there are the colorful characters of Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill; Marry Ellen (Mary Yellin') Lease and Carry Nation; William Allen White; Amelia Earhart; the Menningers in medicine and the Haldeman- Juliuses in publishing (the Little Blue Books)... A lively narrative though chiefly regional in designation.

Pub Date: April 20th, 1950
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce