With the close of the American Civil War, western states like Kansas teemed with travelers and refugees seeking opportunity and solace as shattered families worked to rebuild their interrupted lives. Filled with open space and limitless development potential, Kansas attracted former Union and Confederate soldiers, Exodusters (newly freed African-Americans), and migrants from the world over.1… Read more →
Michelle M. Martin
Michelle M. Martin is a Michigander by birth and a Kansan and Okie by choice. She is currently a doctoral candidate in history at the University of New Mexico where she studies gender, race, and ethnicity in multi-racial towns in the Mvskoke and Seminole nations from 1870-1910. When she is not working on her dissertation Martin resides in Mesa, Arizona with her husband. She enjoys hiking, storm chasing, photography, traveling to historic sites, and spending time with her fur baby Josie the cat.