Now in its fourth edition, the singular text of Kansas history for the last twenty-four years, Dr. Robert W. Richmond's Kansas: A Land of Contrast remains the classic survey of the Kansas story.
The political and economic aspects of the state's development are fully covered, but in this latest revision there is a greater emphasis on social history, with artists, writers, and athletes sharing the stage with politicians, industrialists, and explorers.
As in previous editions, Richmond includes ample quotations from documents of the period to convey a first-hand impression of the times. These colorful and often humorous anecdotes pepper the text with distinctive detail and make it a true pleasure to read.
The bibliographic readings at the end of each chapter have been extensively updated. The text is also profusely illustrated, with many images new to this edition.
Robert W. Richmond is a native Kansan and holds degrees in history from Washburn University and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He retired from the Kansas State Historical Society as Assistant Executive Director and Treasurer in 1988, after thirty-six years on the staff. He was an Adjunct Associate Professor of History at Washburn for nearly forty years and also taught in the history departments of Baker and Emporia State universities in Kansas and the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He is the author of Kansas: A Pictorial History (1992) and co-author of A Nation Moving West (1966), Kansas in Newspapers (1963) and Take a Look at Kansas (1979). He edited Requisite Learning and Good Moral Character: A History of the Kansas Benchand Bar (1982) and has compiled biographies of three senior judges for the U.S. District Court of Kansas. He also has written numerous reviews and articles for both scholarly and popular journals. He is currently the principal partner of The Richmond Group, a historical consulting firm in Topeka.