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Thanks to a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the University Press of Kansas, in collaboration with the University of Kansas Libraries, has digitized outstanding books in history and American political thought and made them freely available online.

All books will soon be available in pdf, epub, and print-on-demand editions. Links are provided below for editions now available. Open access ebook editions can also be downloaded from JSTOR and Project MUSE.


In Search of Canaan cover

In Search of Canaan
Black Migration to Kansas, 1879–80
Robert G. Athearn
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Diplomat in Khaki
Major General Frank Ross McCoy and American Foreign Policy, 1898–1949
Andrew J. Bacevich
With a New Preface by the Author
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The Vanishing Farmland Crisis
Critical Views of the Movement to Preserve Agricultural Land
Edited by John Baden
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The Democratic State
Edited by Roger Benjamin and Stephen L. Elkin
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The United States and the Development of the Puerto Rican Status Question, 1936–1968
Surendra Bhana
With a New Foreword by Carlos Figueroa
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Marcuse
From the New Left to the Next Left
Edited by John Bokina and Timothy J. Lukes
With a New Foreword by the Authors
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Jet Makers
The Aerospace Industry from 1945 to 1972
Charles Bright
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The Development of Rural America
George Brinkman
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“The Constitution of the People’
Reflections on Citizens and Civil Society
Edited by Robert E. Calvert
Introduction by Wilson Carey McWilliams
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Kansas Populism
Ideas and Men
O. Gene Clanton
With a New Foreword by Jeff Wells
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The Frontier Challenge
Responses to the Trans-Mississippi West
Edited by John G. Clark
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Timber and the Forest Service
David A. Clary
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Life at Four Corners
Religion, Gender, and Education in a German-Lutheran Community, 1868–1945
Carol K. Coburn
With a New Preface by the Author
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Montesquieu’s Comparative Politics and the Spirit of American Constitutionalism
Anne M. Cohler
With a New Foreword by Sarah Burns
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The Black Towns
Norman L. Crockett
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Quipus and Witches’ Knots
The Role of the Knot in Primitive and Ancient Cultures
Cyrus Lawrence Day
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Thomas Hobbes and Political Theory
Edited by Mary G. Dietz
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Keeping the People's Liberties

Keeping the People’s Liberties
Legislators, Citizens, and Judges as Guardians of Rights
John J. Dinan
With a New Preface by the Author
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The Johnson Years, Volume Two cover

The Johnson Years, Volume Two
Vietnam, the Environment, and Science
Edited by Robert A. Divine
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The Lost Promise of Progressivism
Eldon J. Eisenach
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Walt Whitman’s Western Jaunt
Walter Eitner
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Presidential Lightning Rods
The Politics of Blame Avoidance
Richard J. Ellis
With a New Preface by the Author
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Enduring Liberalism
American Political Thought Since the 1960s
Robert Booth Fowler
With a New Foreword by Jefferson Decker
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The Dance with Community cover

The Dance with Community
The Contemporary Debate in American Political Thought
Robert Booth Fowler
With a New Foreword by Susan McWilliams Barndt
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Becoming Free
Autonomy and Diversity in the Liberal Polity
Emily R. Gill
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Lady Bird Johnson and the Environment
Lewis L. Gould
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Ike’s Letters to a Friend, 1941–1958
Robert W. Griffith
With a New Foreword by Miroslava Chávez-García
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Getting By cover

Getting By
Women Homeworkers and Rural Economic Development
Christina E. Gringeri
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The Truman White House
The Administration of the Presidency, 1945–53
Edited by Francis H. Heller
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Kenekuk, the Kickapoo Prophet
Joseph B. Herring
With a New Foreword by Kiara M. Vigil
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The Enduring Indians of Kansas
A Century and a Half of Acculturation
Joseph B. Herring
With a New Foreword by Sarah Deer
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Class and Community in Frontier Colorado
Richard Hogan
With a New Preface by the Author
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The Cattle Guard
Its History and Lore
Jim Hoy
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Bull Threshers and Bindlestiffs
Harvesting and Threshing on the North American Plains
Thomas D. Isern
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On Turner's Trail cover

On Turner’s Trail
100 Years of Writing Western History
Wilbur R. Jacobs
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Nontimber Forest Products in the United States
Edited by Eric T. Jones, Rebecca J. McLain, and James Weigand
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The Idea of Democracy in the Modern Era
Ralph Ketcham
With a New Foreword by Greg Weiner
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Groundwater Exploitation on the High Plains cover

Groundwater Exploitation in the High Plains 
Edited by David E. Kromm and Stephen E. White
Foreword by Gilbert F. White
With a New Preface by David E. Kromm
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Leaders of Reform
Progressive Republicans in Kansas, 1900–1916
Robert La Forte
With a New Foreword by Charles Delgadillo
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The Urban West at the End of the Frontier
Lawrence H. Larsen
With a New Foreword by Sandra L. Enríquez
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A Preface to American Political Theory
Donald S. Lutz
With a New Foreword by Sanford V. Levinson
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Revolt Against Modernity
Leo Strauss, Eric Voegelin, and the Search for a Post-Liberal Order
Ted V. McAllister
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Quest and Response
Minority Rights and the Truman Administration
Donald R. McCoy and Richard T. Ruetten
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Requiem
Variations on Eighteenth-Century Themes
Forrest McDonald and Ellen Shapiro McDonald
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Harry H. Woodring
A Political Biography of FDR’s Controversial Secretary of War
Keith D. McFarland
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Multiculturalism and American Democracy
Edited by Arthur M. Melzer, Jerry Weinberger, and M. Richard Zinman
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Democratic Temperament
The Legacy of William James
Joshua I. Miller
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Slave Women in the New World
Gender Stratification in the Caribbean 
Marietta Morrissey
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The Learning of Liberty cover

The Learning of Liberty
The Educational Ideas of the American Founders
Lorraine Smith Pangle and Thomas L. Pangle
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George Washington and American Constitutionalism
Glenn A. Phelps
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Passions and Interests
Political Party Concepts of American Democracy
Gerald M. Pomper
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Critical Pluralism, Democratic Performance, and Community Power
Paul Schumaker
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The Sex Radicals
Free Love in High Victorian America
Hal Sears
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Kansas Governors
Homer Socolofsky
With a New Preface by Virgil W. Dean
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Landlord William Scully
Homer Socolofsky
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Shaping Modern Liberalism
Herbert Croly and Progressive Thought
Edward A. Stettner
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The President as Statesman
Woodrow Wilson and the Constitution
Daniel D. Stid
With a New Foreword by Trygve Throntveit
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Brandeis on Democracy
Philippa Strum
With a New Preface by the Author
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Brandeis
Beyond Progressivism
Philippa Strum
With a New Preface by the Author
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America's Bachelor Uncle cover

America’s Bachelor Uncle
Thoreau and the American Polity
Bob Pepperman Taylor
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Our Limits Transgressed cover

Our Limits Transgressed
Environmental Political Thought in America
Bob Pepperman Taylor
With a New Preface by the Author
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Randolph Bourne and the Politics of Cultural Radicalism
Leslie J. Vaughan
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Political Theory of Conservative Economists
Conrad P. Waligorski
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The American Deists cover

The American Deists
Voices of Reason and Dissent in the Early Republic
Kerry S. Walters
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Lucius Polk Brown and Progressive Food and Drug Control
Tennessee and New York City, 1908–1920
Margaret Ripley Wolfe
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The Kansas Beef Industry
Charles L. Wood
With a New Foreword by Joshua Specht
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A Black Odyssey cover

A Black Odyssey
John Lewis Waller and the Promise of American Life, 1878–1900
Randall Bennett Woods
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The Roosevelt Foreign-Policy Establishment cover

The Roosevelt Foreign-Policy Establishment and the “Good Neighbor”
The United States and Argentina, 1941–1945
Randall Bennett Woods
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Henry Adams cover

Henry Adams
The Historian as Political Theorist
James P. Young
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New Governance for Rural America
Creating Intergovernmental Partnerships
Beryl A. Radin, Robert Agranoff, Ann Bowman, C. Gregory Buntz, J. Steven Ott, Barbara S. Romzek, & Robert Wilson
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