If you are wondering what kind of insight wins Pulitzer Prizes or secures a chair at Princeton, try on this little preview of a speech to be given on Lincoln's birthday:

"The way I see Kansas, viewing it from the outside, is its importance as a mini-Civil War from 1854 to the late 1850s," McPherson said. "I see Kansas as a rehearsal for the Civil War. A lot of people involved in the Civil War got their start in the Kansas wars."