Embattled Lawrence

Project Overview

In 2001, Dennis Domer and Barbara Watkins published Embattled Lawrence: Conflict & Community, featuring a collection of articles from historians, civic leaders, and community stakeholders. Today, Embattled Lawrence remains the only summary of the history of Lawrence published in the last three decades. As David Katzman, Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Kansas aptly stated, “for anyone whose path has run through Lawrence, it is essential reading.”

Embattle Lawrence Volume 2:
The Enduring Struggle For Freedom

Now Embattled Lawrence is being expanded. Over the past 2 1/2 years, Dennis, Barbara, Dave Evans, Bill Tuttle and Jeanne Klein have worked to gather and organize the content for three additional volumes of this community history anthology with the release of volume two in 2022. These new volumes of Embattled Lawrence are a community effort. We hope you will give generously to help create this vital history of our community. Please consider making a donation to become a sponsor.

Volume 2: The Enduring Struggle for Freedom and Volume 3: Building Lawrence, featuring chapters written by dozens of experts on various facets of Lawrence history, are nearing completion. And a team of volunteers has sorted countless photographs from the Spencer Research Library, the Watkins Museum of History, the Kansas Historical Society and private collections for the fourth volume: A New Pictorial History of Lawrence.

Read Volume 1: Embattled Lawrence — Conflict & Community

The first volume of Embattled Lawrence — Conflict & Community, published in 2001—is long out of print and difficult to find. But you can download a PDF copy of this landmark history of Lawrence for free from KU ScholarWorks. There’s no charge, but please consider making a donation to support the additional volumes in the project.

Embattled Lawrence — Conflict & Community, 2001.