Most famous internationally as the home of Dorothy, Kansas has many cultural treats on offer beyond the Wizard of Oz. The state is situated right in the middle of the ‘Lower 48’ and was a hotbed of violence and conflict both before and during the Civil War as Southerners and Northerners fought to determine whether the state should be a 'free state' or a 'slave state'.
In the twentieth century Kansas has become known for the poets who have emerged from the state and for a series of brutal crimes, documented in classic crime books. Some such books are Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and Scott Phillips’ The Ice Harvest, whilst poets Gwendolyn Brooks, Edgar Lee Masters and William E. Stafford, play an important role in Kansan literature. Crime also appears on the screen, with adaptions of both In Cold Blood and The Ice Harvest being made.