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  •  yes, Kansas and Lawrence have an interesting (3+ / 0-)

    history that you'd never guess from the overwhelmingly conservative (crazy) nature of the state now. There's a cemetery in Lawrence with many graves of the people killed by Quantrill. Very sad to see several gravestones next to each other, all family members killed on the same day.

    •  My grandparents used to take us kids out to the (5+ / 0-)

      ridge at night where lanterns were hung on Signal Oak, in the event of raiders in the area.  Eventually, they bought a small patch of woodland to the west with the same view across the valley where we could camp out.

      Along with Quantrill's Raiders, there were raids and mini-battles for years, on into the civil war. So, when folks to the south and east knew of raiders coming, they'd ride out and hang a lantern high in the tree, high above the broad Wakarusa River valley.  It could be seen from Mount Oread in Lawrence.  

      The approaches to Lawrence from the east were generally guarded with military and militia camps following Quantrill's raid, so anyone else raiding had to come up from the south.

      The Battle of Black Jack took place east of Baldwin City.

      There were many tragic murders of simple farming families by raiders in the countryside.  It was called Bleeding Kansas for a reason.

      I've wracked my brains for years trying to figure out how to restore the liberal/progressive bent of Kansas again. Up until 1994, Democrats still held lots of statewide offices and the Dockings were very popular Democrats in the 1960s.  

      Since then - mid-point in Clinton's first term - the state has been solidly Republican, as has Texas and many other states.  What meme caused that change and how to flip it back?  Maybe the actions of Republicans themselves will eventually do it, but it is taking too long!

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 06:39:07 PM PST

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