From Dodge City to Abilene and beyond, Kansas in its early years was one fine place for outlaws, and one of the most violent places in Americas history. Consider the exploits of Jesse James—a sociopathic killer or a Robin Hood who redistributed Union wealth? Or those of Big Nose Kate, whose true identity was much nobler than her reputation as Doc Hollidays longtime companion. Thats not to mention the dangerous inmate who became the learned Bird Man of Kansas—a renowned canary expert whose life story became a hit film.
All this and more is yours for the reading in Outlaw Tales of Kansas, which introduces fifteen of the most dramatic events, and the most daring and despicable desperados, in the history of the Sunflower State.
Sarah Smarsh is a freelance writer and assistant professor of English at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, where she teaches creative nonfiction writing. Sarah has written for The Huffington Post, Kansas Citys The Pitch (Village Voice Media) and newspapers across the Midwest, and has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Kansas Press Association. She holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, as well as degrees in journalism and English from the University of Kansas.
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