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By John N. Mack

because the Civil battle ended, millions of Union veterans imagined Kansas as a spot to make a brand new starting. Many veterans settled within the southeastern a part of the country. of their fight to set up lawful, ordered groups the settlers got here into clash with railroads purpose on construction via southeast Kansas to arrive warm-water ports in Texas.
To the settlers the railroads represented either a promise and a danger. by means of linking farmers and businessmen with japanese markets, the railroads assured the customers of monetary achieve. although, once they claimed rights to the land that settlers had already claimed, railroad monopolies have been pointed out as a brand new manifestation of an analogous risk to republican values that they had fought opposed to within the lately concluded warfare. This publication tells the tale of the settlers’ competition to and victory over railroads and the impression at the evolution of political inspiration in Kansas and the yankee west.

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