Ghost Settlement on the Prairie: A Biography of Thurman,Kansas

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"This book, of course, is about more than a single Kansas town because the tiny, shifting community of Thurman becomes, in Hickey's interpretation, an epitome of settlements acorss the American West. . . . Above all, for me, this is a book about sharing, about the perils of excessive individualism. In extinct Thurman we have a disturbing and relevant paradigm."—William Least Heat-Moon, author of PrairyErth

"Hickey demonstrates that small need not mean inconsequential. This book has tremendously reinforced my conviction about the deep meaning in local history. It is insightful, well-written and crafted, and has considerable interpretive importance."—Craig Miner, author of West of Wichita: Settling the High Plains of Kansas, 1865-1890

"Wonderfully evocative scholarship about an exquisite and ordinary place. Hickey treats Thurman and its people with respect. The result is a new touchstone for the community study on the Great Plains."—Thomas Isern, author of Bull Threshers and Bindlestiffs: Harvesting and Threshing on the North American Plains

Author Biography: Joseph V. Hickey is professor of anthropology at Emporia State University and coauthor of Society in Focus.

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At the turn of the century Thurman was a prosperous farming and ranching settlement with 51 households, a post office, two general stores, a blacksmith shop, five schools, and a church. Today, only the ruins remain. Hickey (anthropology, Emporia State U.) traces Thurman from its birth in 1874, using it to study the settlement form of social organization and the impact of individualism and capitalism on the community. The foreword is by William Least Heat-Moon. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700606801
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Series: Rural America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,420,652
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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