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Fort Riley and Its Neighbors : Military Money and Economic Growth, 1853-1895 (Paperback)

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FORT RILEY AND ITS NEIGHBORS is a story of soldiers trying to save money and civilians trying to make it. Fort Riley stands today overlooking the Kansas River because army quartermasters in the 1850s thought that small steamboats could deliver supplies cheaply there. Civilians came to help build the fort and stayed to bid on the quartermaster's contracts for feed and fuel. Townspeople kept a covetous eye on Fort Riley's land and its resources, and they voted bond issues to build short-line railroads in order to get competitive freight rates from transcontinental carriers. The history of Fort Riley and its neighbors typifies the relations that evolved between the American people and their government throughout the American West. The settlers' approach to federal authority, at once supplicating and conniving, has persisted and thrived and become the national attitude.

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Publisher Univ of Oklahoma Pr
Mfg Part# 9780806139081
SKU 204962238
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0806139080
Release Date 7/9/2007
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0264
Publisher University of Oklahoma Press

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