The Story of Cole Younger, by Himself
2. THE DARK AND BLOODY GROUND
Many causes united in embittering the people on both sides of the border between Missouri and Kansas.
Those Missourians who were for slavery wanted Kansas admitted as a slave state, and sought to accomplish it by the most strenuous efforts. Abolitionists on the other hand determined that Kansas should be free and one of the plans for inviting immigration from the Eastern Northern states where slavery was in disrepute, was the organization of an Immigrant Aid Society, in which many of the leading men were interested. Neither the earnestness of their purpose nor the enthusiasm of their fight for liberty is for me to question now.
But many of those who came to Kansas under the auspices of this society were undesirable neighbors, looked at from any standpoint. Their ideas on property rights were very hazy, in many cases. Some of them were let out of Eastern prisons to live down a "past" in a new country. They looked upon a slave owner as legitima
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The best part of the entire book is a chapter near the end called "What My Life Has Taught Me," in which Younger makes some very good observations. Otherwise, this autobiography is deeply disappointing in both detail and substance.
And Quantrell was not a "southern hero," as opined by a former reviewer. Heroes do not massacre 200 men and boys.
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