Kansas: The History of the Sunflower State, 1854-2000

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2002 Hard cover First edition. Illustrated. New in new dust jacket. Glued binding. Cloth over boards. 528 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade.

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Kansas: The History of the Sunflower State is the first new state history to appear in over twenty-five years and the most thoroughly researched ever published. Written to enlighten general readers within and well beyond the state's borders, it offers coverage not found in previous histories: greater attention to its cities - notably Wichita - and to its south central and western regions, accounts of business history, contributions of women and minorities, and environmental concerns. It presents the dark as well as the bright side of Kansas progressivism and is the first Kansas history to deal with the post-World War II era in any significant detail.
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Editorial Reviews

Donald Worster
This is the best history of Kansas we have ever had. It is not only well-researched and comprehensive but also enlivened by many wry anecdotes and telling quotations, and by a great deal of personal affection. Highly readable and engaging.
Virgil W. Dean
With his wide-ranging experience in the researching and writing of state and regional history, Miner is uniquely qualified to tackle what some might consider an impossibly difficult task, and he has succeeded in impressive style.
Walter T. Nugent
Deeply rooted in Kansans' ways of thinking, alternately iconoclastic and conservative, Miner's treatment is up-to-date, accessible, and distinctly original.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700612154
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Kansas and the Region Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 534
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: The Far Look 1
1 Child of the Grassy Plain 18
2 Trampling Out the Vintage 49
3 "How the Iron must Burn" 94
4 Toward a Brighter Day 143
5 The Bone and Sinew of the State 190
6 Chastened and Changed 236
7 Dust and Democrats 275
8 Concrete Steps 320
9 Like the Nations 353
Conclusion: Horizons 400
Notes 414
Bibliography 487
Index 509
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2003

    A Failing Effort

    I can't recommend this work. Miner has obviously done much research. But he insists on cramming needless anecdotes that disrupt the flow of the narrative. The result is a rambling history that merely pastes endless stories with little analysis. Those without an extensive background in Kansas history will have trouble following. Particularly annoying is the author's habit of not defining people or events until second or third references. The work is the exact opposite of Robert Richmond's history of the state. Richmond's sleak study presents a clear, easy to follow of an oft confusing history, albeit without much color.

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