Original Influencers
How Nonconformists from Kansas Changed America, 1890-1950
by Laird Kelly

 

People are surprised to learn that Kansas was once a seed-bed of liberal, progressive, and even Socialist thought.  

This book-in-development tells of men and women who were rejected by the gatekeepers of traditional paths to national prominence. Undeterred, they chose to influence America through using their own printing facilities combined combined with  inexpensive mailing permits. 

 

Largely unknown today, the characters featured in this book reached tens and hundreds of millions of Americans with their liberal and progressive messages on  women's issues, religion, politics and civil rights.