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Author to sign book highlighting lighter side of pioneering

September 8, 2013

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Author Linda Johnston will visit the Raven Book Store this week to read from and sign copies of her book “Hardship: Pioneer Voices from Kansas Territory.” The event is planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Raven, 6 E. Seventh St.

In addition to the political turmoil and violence surrounding the question of slavery in the new territory, residents of Kansas faced additional challenges of disease, drought and homesickness.

“Hardship” brings together accounts from 60 settlers who wrote about the brighter side of pioneer life in from 1854 to 1861. Through their writings, these men and women reveal moments when their burdens were lighter — times that gave them reason to sing, dance, and celebrate. 

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