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Daniel C. Fitzgerald is an American regional history author from 1959 to the present.
Total Books: 3
Fitzgerald was one of the first documentary/historical authors to examine the plight of the Midwestern small town during the 1970s-1980s. Fitzgerald researched nearly 600 ghost towns in Kansas between 1973 and 2009, interviewed scores of local residents, and parlayed the results into six books. These Ghost Towns of Kansas books documented small town rural history in the nineteenth, and particularly the second half of the twentieth, century. His documentation of Neosho Falls, Kansas, led rock band Kansas to write a concept album about the community in 1988, In The Spirit of Things. His works remained extremely popular while the subject matter drew national attention. However, in the 1990s, focus on the ailing economic situation of Midwestern small towns diminished and Fitzgerald's works suffered in popularity. Unfortunately, the plight of the small town had actually worsened, but attention was focused on other regional issues.
Fitzgerald's books have recently seen a resurgence in popularity. Ghost Towns of Kansas: 6 (2009) was the first book in Fitzgerald's resume to re-examine the plight of the small town. It is his first major work in twelve years. The first three volumes in the series, Ghost Towns of Kansas Volumes 1,2,and 3, were reissued in 2009 and 2010 due to demand.
His research has also extended into nearby Missouri and Nebraska, but no lengthy works on this research were ever published. Fitzgerald also spent time researching Missouri River boom towns that flourished during the steamboat era of the 1850s, and even attempted to locate a sunken steamboat named the Sallie, located somewhere off Doniphan County, Kansas, in the 1860s. In Summer 2010, Fitzgerald will release Mad Money: The Steamboat Era in Kansas History. This book is based on nearly twenty years research into steamboat towns on the Kansas-Missouri border and the impact of the Panic of 1857 on the territorial growth of Kansas prior to statehood.
Fitzgerald has focused on other topics in 2009 and 2010. He released Sound & Fury: A History of Kansas Tornadoes, 1854—2008, through Amazon's CreateSpace label. Sales of Sound and Fury have been strong and the book has become very popular.
Fitzgerald's works spun into several related film projects in the 1980s and 1990s. Five of these were nominated for a total of eight regional news Emmy awards, of which four were won.