The Kaw Valley Scandal

      Napoleon Crews / History & Fiction
The Kaw Valley Scandal

A negro maid is killed by the husband of a prominent, white family. Evidence reveals that the dead woman was actually from the husband's past. A secret jury was revived and empaneled to ensure the prominent white man's acquittal. Lawrence's mayor, sensing upheaval in the negro community, hires John Mercer Langston, negro lawyer, and Sam Jeans, negro policeman, to deliver justice.In early Lawrence's up-and-coming years, its prominent citizenry banned together in many ways that were calculated to put the city on firm ground and solidify their own wealth and position. Not all of their efforts landed them on the right side of the law. In addition to controlling the commercial aspects of their investments into the community, it was crucial that they control the courts. This tale is about how the control necessary to grow a city, individual fortunes, and influence may have been exercised.This story also features John Mercer Langston, the son of Ralph Quarles, a white plantation owner, and Jane Langston, a black slave. Langston had strong family ties to Lawrence. He studied law under attorney Philemon Bliss and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1854. He served as dean and president of Howard University's law school, the first black law school in the country. In 1888 he ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and served a six month term.Sam Jeans, Lawrence's real life assistant police chief, again shows how he gained his reputation as a supreme investigator and consummate police officer.
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    John Brown Sparked The Civil War In Kansas

      Napoleon Crews / History & Fiction / Western
John Brown Sparked The Civil War In Kansas

American history portrays abolitionist John Brown as a madman, insane killer, and vicious fanatic. Brown’s legendary status was birthed during the Bleeding Kansas Civil War. Historians' rigid narratives fail to capture the passions of John Brown the man, father, husband, and the friend. This novel puts the reader by John Brown's side as he and his sons navigate his tortuous Kansas years.This novel tells the tale of John Brown from the time that he made the decision to come to Kansas, through the Battle of Black Jack, which was considered by many to be the first regular battle of the American Civil War, and then on to the siege at Harpers Ferry, where Negroes fought alongside Brown for their freedom. Finally the story takes the reader inside the courtroom at John Brown’s trial and then on to the gallows, where Brown was hung.Brown’s voice, thoughts, emotions, and actions were drawn from the hundreds of letters written between Brown and his family, friends, and benefactors. Eyewitness accounts of Brown’s character, courage, and failings serve to bring a far different John Brown into focus. The historical events of the period and John’s life, as written by the primary historians, are painstakingly tracked in order to provide further authenticity to the story.
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