John Tibbetts Examines the Movie History Of Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence

For Immediate Release:
August 5, 2013
Contact: Lorenzo Butler
John Tibbetts Examines the Movie History Of Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence

William Clarke Quantrill's August 21, 1863, Confederate raid on Lawrence, Kansas, left nearly 200 men and boys dead and the city in flames.

Small wonder that over the years Quantrill's Raid has found its way onto movie screens - though not necessarily in historically accurate fashion.

KU's John Tibbetts looks at this cinematic heritage in Quantrill in the Movies on Sunday, August 18, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Through film clips, analysis, and anecdotes, Tibbetts examines Quantrill through films as varied as Dark Command (1940), Quantrill's Raiders (1958), and Ang Lee's locally-filmed Ride With the Devil (1999).

A broadcaster, journalist, artist, and scholar, Tibbetts has written and illustrated nine books, among them The Cinema of Tony Richardson, The American Theatrical Film, Dvorak in America and His Majesty the American: The Films of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.

Admission is free. RSVP at or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore. 

This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Sundays series, a program of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Central Library. The series is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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