Pirates of the Prairie: Fraudulent County Organization in 1870s Kansas
Keywords:political corruption and greed, fraud, county organization, fraudulent bonds, Harper County, Kansas, Barber (Barbour) County
"Scandal!" "Fraud!" These words often resounded through the late nineteenth century, as scandal, graft and criminal activity seemed to infiltrate and infect every level of American society. The disease wormed its way even more so into government, from the President of the United States down to the lowest levels of county government in south central and southwest Kansas.