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Kansas Kaleidoscope, February 1998

Real People. Real Stories.

(Volume 1, Number 5)

A fun magazine for kids!

Kansas Kaleidoscope, February 1998 Bleeding Kansas & the Civil War: Did the Civil War actually begin in Kansas?

To understand Kansas' important role in the Civil War, you must go back to the early 1800s. Many states did not allow slavery then, and by 1808, laws prevented bringing in more slaves from Africa. Many people thought slavery would eventually die out. However, slavery in the South grew when more labor was needed to harvest cotton, the primary cash crop. Seeking more good soil, cotton growers moved west, and the question of slavery became tied to America's expansion.

Fighting for Freedom

Early on those whose rights and freedom were in question during the Civil War--the African Americans--were not allowed to participate as soldiers. Then in 1862, Congress changed that.

The Family That Goes Back in Time

Several times a year, Boo Hodges, Salina, and his sons Teddy, 9, and Grant, 7, dress up in Civil War uniforms and go back in time.

What is A Jayhawk Anyway?

The jayhawk is a mythical bird that has been associated with Kansas since before statehood.

The Massacre of Lawrence

While most men were part of regular Confederate or Union troops, there also were men known as guerrillas.

Kansas' Biggest Battle

In 1864, Kansas was threatened as Confederate troops led by General Sterling Price reached the Kansas-Missouri border.

Lincoln's Beard--What's the Kansas Connection?

Abraham Lincoln was the first American president to weat a beard. And, his beard had ties to Kansas.

Travel the Civil War Timeline!

From 1803 when the Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of the U.S. to 1865 when the Civil War ended, Kansas had a place in the nation's history.

Kaleidoscope Challenge

Answer the questions of the challenge correctly to find the hidden Civil War term. Unscramble the shaded letters to form the hidden word.