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The Leo Beuerman Story: As Told by his Family
Leo Beuerman was a little over 3 feet in height. From a young age, he couldn't walk. He was essentially deaf for most of his life. Yet he didn't let his disabilities keep him from being an entrepreneur and inventor. He used to drive his modified tractor from the family home in Lakeview, Kansas to Lawrence, Kansas to sell small items on the streets of Lawrence. He was mugged twice, and had accidents with a car and a train. Yet he never let life's misfortunes keep him down. In 1969, a film about his life was nominated for the Academy Award in the Best Documentary Short category.
The Leo Beuerman story has been told many times by many people – in movies, newspaper articles, at non-profits, and in colleges. But strangely enough, none of those versions of Leo's story have ever included input from the people that knew Leo the best – his family. This book will remedy that situation. It is a view of Leo that most people have never seen before. It is a view of Leo from his family.
A Guide to Frontier Kansas
Perhaps no state is as closely associated with the American frontier as Kansas. It was the heart of the Old West, with cow towns such as Wichita, Dodge City, Ellsworth and Abilene. Bringing cattle into those cow towns was the famous Chisholm Trail, which terminated in Kansas. The Santa Fe Trail crossed completely across Kansas, and the Oregon and Pony Express trails cut through the northeastern corner.
Legendary cowboys floated into and out of Kansas cattle towns after the Civil War, including Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Luke Short, Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild Bill Hickok and Bat Masterson. Frank James, Jesse James (possibly) and Cole Younger participated in the Civil War attack on Lawrence, led by William Quantrill and “Bloody Bill” Anderson.
The Civil War started in Kansas in the latter half of the 1850s, when Free-State and Pro-slavery forces fought a bloody series of battles now called “Bleeding Kansas”. The most famous of all abolitionists, John Brown, fought in Kansas (and a lieutenant named J.E.B. Stuart interacted with him during “Bleeding Kansas”).
During the Civil War, in addition to the attack on Lawrence by Quantrill's Raiders, Quantrill also attacked Baxter Springs, Kansas. And battles were fought at Marais des Cygnes and Mine Creek when Confederate general Sterling Price invaded Kansas in late 1864. Senator James Lane and Charles Jennison conducted irregular warfare in Kansas and western Missouri for the Union during the Civil War.
During the Indian Wars, a series of forts protected settlers in Kansas from Indian attacks, including Fort Dodge, Fort Harker, Fort Hays, Fort Larned, Fort Leavenworth, Fort Riley and Fort Scott. Two of those forts – Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth – are still active military bases. Two of the most famous generals of the Civil War for the Union were stationed in Kansas during the post-Civil War period – Philip Sheridan and George Armstrong Custer.
This book will examine the period in the history of Kansas when it could legitimately be referred to as the “frontier”, from about 1850-1900. We'll also look at what sites are still extant in Kansas from that period. I hope you enjoy this “Guide to Frontier Kansas”.
Images of America: Kennesaw
Kennesaw, called "Big Shanty" during the Civil War, started out in the 1830s as a railroad shanty town during the construction of the Western and Atlantic Railroad. In many ways, Kennesaw is a typical small town in Northern Georgia--it was built along the railroad tracks, cotton was the first engine of economic growth, stagnation occurred from the 1920s to the 1950s, and then it blossomed in the latter part of the 20th century as a suburb of Atlanta--but in other ways, Kennesaw is unique. The Andrews Raid, immortalized by Walt Disney as The Great Locomotive Chase, occurred here in 1862. In 1981, Kennesaw rocked the world when it passed its gun law requiring all households to own an operating firearm and ammunition. While still small, Kennesaw has had its time in the limelight.
The Top 10 Innovations of World War I
World War I was the first “world war”, in the sense that the conflagration wasn't just between two countries, but between large blocks of countries, intertwined in complex alliances. The model of the entire world being caught up in conflicts would continue in World War II and in the Cold War.
World War I was a testing ground for weapons and ideas that would impact the rest of the 20th century. Sometimes the innovations of World War I were technological in nature – U-boats, poison gas, machine guns, heavy artillery, tanks and battleships were all used either for the first time in World War I, or first used on a wide-scale in World War I. Sometimes, the impacts were from strategy and tactics - trench warfare, convoys and etc. And sometimes the innovation was a political idea. Communism as an actual political and economic system, rather than just a philosophy, debuted in World War I, and would have a worldwide influence until its fall in 1991.
The book contains over 50 illustrations and maps.