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James Sherow, Speaker

Teaches Kansas and environmental history at Kansas State University and has authored books and articles about people living in the grasslands

Kansas v. Colorado

In 1902, Kansas accused the state of Colorado of taking more than their fair share of water from the Arkansas River and diminishing land values because of the reduced water flow. The argument eventually escalated to the U.S. Supreme Court, where Kansas v. Colorado (1907) became the first suit of original jurisdiction brought before the court that involved a dispute over interstate river rights, and was the largest, most in-depth suit ever argued before the justices at the time. This presentation tells the dramatic story and legacy of Kansas v. Colorado, a legal fight that continues to this day.

Contact James directly about speaking at your event:
785/532-6730 (w)
785/565-0086 (h)

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