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“Tragic Prelude”

Most of us in my generation are familiar with this image as the cover of rock band Kansas’ first album “Kansas.” (1974). It is a mural on the second floor of the Kansas State capitol titled “Tragic Prelude” by John Steuart Curry. (1942) It depicts the abolitionist struggle known as “Bleeding Kansas” that preceded the Civil War in the 1850s. I cannot imagine a more quintessentially American image.

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