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Better than almost any book written after 1920 as far as what happened in Kansas, which of course started it all.
Brooks wrote at a time it was still common knowledge about South's invasion of Kansas and the killers under the control of Jeff Davis and David Rice Atchison
Brooks does not seem to know or say a fundamental fact -- these were paid men. While Atchison used "volunteers" that may or may not have been paid early on, he simply did not have enough men to terrorize and kill the growing number of white males moving into Kansas.
Now we know -- from newspapers that Brooks probably never saw -- that Atchison took out ads in Southern papers for men to do the killing. The plan was to pass KS act, which Atchison did, rush to Kansas, and force slavery into Kansas by creating their own legislature, which they did, and applying to be a slave state, which they did.
It very nearly worked.
Had he gotten there earlier with more men, his plan (with Davis and Stephen Douglas help) would have worked.
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