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Leo E. Oliva, Speaker

Historian with a research focus on 19th-century Kansas

Railroaded: The Industry That Shaped Kansas

Few industries dominated the economy of the nation in the 19th century more than the railroad. Railroads brought immigrant settlers, created jobs, and fed beef markets in the East. They enabled regular mail service and the adoption of standard time. Most Kansas towns were founded because of the railroad, and few survived without it. Yet the advancement of the railroad industry came at a significant cost to the Plains Indians who were forcibly displaced by this westward expansion. This presentation examines the complicated legacy of railroads and the impact on Native peoples who called Kansas home. 

Contact Leo directly about speaking at your event:
oliva@ruraltel.net
(785) 425-7312
Woodston

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