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War to the Knife: Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861

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Long before the secession crisis at Fort Sumter ignited the War between the States, men fought and died on the prairies of Kansas over the incendiary issue of slavery. “War tothe knife and knife to the hilt,” cried the Atchison Squatter Sovereign.In 1854 a shooting war developed between proslavery men from Missouri and free-staters in Kansas over control of the territory. ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Bison Books (first published 1998)
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This is a particularly pernicious pro-slavery account, all the more shocking for having been written in 1998. It's shocking that human beings such as Thomas Goodrich roam the earth and publish the praises of noble slave holders who treated their slaves so well. Read this only as you would study a monster in a strange zoo, trying to understand how it thinks.

By the way, the phrase "War to the Knife" is a giveaway of this author's sentiments - "War to the knife, knife to the hilt" was a slogan of
Mister Future [formerly known as 'Pizzle']
Thomas Goodrich solidified his role as American historian with his first published book Bloody Dawn: The Story of the Lawrence Massacre (1991). His straight-forward prose and patriotic fervor has appeared through all of his documentations on historic events. War to the Knife: Bleeding Kansas 1854-1861 was published in 1998, contributing to the author’s collection by providing a detailed account of territorial tension before the Civil War.
“Bleeding Kansas” was a term used by Horace Greeley durin
Robert Collins
Quotes from many original sources, mainly letters and diaries. Good read, but the emphasis on fighting during the Territorial period leaves out the politics, which I think is just as important.
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