Therefore, I was very pleased to receive a trio of promising titles in the mail today that could fit into this category. “The Earth Reeled and Trees Trembled”: Civil War Arkansas, 1863-1864 (Old State House Museum: Little Rock, AK, 2007) has been mentioned here before (see link to table of contents) and from Touch the Elbow's Tom.
The Kansas State Historical Society sent me two books. The first is a short history of of Fort Scott (full title Fort Scott: Courage and Conflict on the Border). It is the first of eight volumes from the society's Kansas Fort Series. I've only thumbed through it, but I am impressed so far.
The Kansas Territorial Reader is a 421 page long collection of 22 essays and edited primary documents. The book is divided into six parts, covering a broad array of subject matters and disciplines:
- At the Dawn of a New Era
- The Kansas-Nebraska Act, The Kansas Question, and National Politics
- Immigration and Settlement
- On the Ground: Conflict in Kansas Territory
- Gender, Ethnicity, and Race in Territorial Kansas
- In the Wake of Bleeding Kansas
Reviews of these titles will appear here in the near future.