Book Review:
Cowley County Kansas History
Volume Two: The Indians

Too often recorded history serves only the agendas of the winners. We find this to be so in school textbooks and the publications of other special interests; our modern day newspapers are the most notorious example.

This was not so in the earlier days of this country; the newspaper editor was also the owner/operator and was answerable to no higher authorities than his conscience and convictions.

This newly published volume in the series of Cowley County, Kansas History:

Volume Two: The Indians,
is an account of the relationships between the settlers and the indigenous peoples they encountered, as reported by independent editors of those times.

For the researcher it provides an overview that - for example - shows connections between:

And all of this is on the third page of Chapter One.

For the more casual reader the pace is quick, it is an "easy read," and the language and phrasing is a fascinating trip in a time machine.

Letters to the editors, announcements of new inventions and enterprises, and social events reveal the pride of a people learning to "make do" with respect for each other.

Neighbors were neighbors, whether they be the indigenous or the immigrant.

This book could heal many wounds. The book says it better. I love this book.

My thanks and congratulations to:
Richard Kay Wortman, Mary Ann Wortman, and Dr. William W. Bottorff
(our friend Bill), Historians Extraordinaire.

Book Introduction and How to Order
Volume Two: The Indians

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