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Coffeyville, Kansas:
The Town That Stopped the Dalton Gang--
Supplementary Resources

By studying Coffeyville, Kansas: The Town That Stopped the Dalton Gang students learn how the ordinary people of a growing town in Kansas united to stop violent behavior that had once been tacitly accepted. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.

Library of Congress
The American Memory Collection Learning Page includes a section on the American West, 1865-1900 with useful material on westward expansion and life on the Great Plains. It also contains information on cowboys and outlaws and the myths that grew up around both groups.

Coffeyville Historical Society
Visit the Coffeyville Historical Society website [www.coffeyville.com/Historical%20Society.htm] for information on the Dalton Defenders Museum and the Brown Mansion in Coffeyville, Kansas. The museum offers exhibits on early Coffeyville history as well as mementos of the Dalton Raid (including recently located court records of Emmett's trial).

Kansas State Historical Society
The Historical Society website contains a page that offers related links on Kansas history which includes useful context for Coffeyville and the Daltons. It also includes more detail on William Quantrill and the 1863 raid on Lawrence.

PBS: New Perspectives on the West
The PBS series on the West includes episodes on "Bleeding Kansas" and the outlaws that grew from the lawlessness of the Civil War period and on the railroads and their influence on the Great Plains.

Texas Rangers and Outlaws
The Texas State Library & Archives Commission website contains material dealing with outlaws like Sam Bass and Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow and the Texas rangers who captured them.


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