Kansas History and Life

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Kansas History and Life

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A collection of student work that highlights overlooked aspects of the daily life for the people of Kansas.

Items in the Kansas History and Life Collection

Cheyenne Dog Soldier Depredations on Settlers in the Northern Kansas Frontier; From 1864 to 1869
During the 1860s, Indian tribes raided frontier settlements across the plains, most notably the Cheyenne in North Central Kansas. Numerous counties in Kansas felt the scarring effect of the raids; however, the counties of Jewell, Mitchell,…

The Firebrand: Clay Center, Clay County, Kansas; December 1883-November 1884
Among the 713 newspapers in print in Kansas in the 1880s, a single short-lived newspaper provides insight into political shifts and battles in small towns. The Firebrand newspaper in Clay Center provided inflammatory rhetoric for a single year, also…

The End of an Old Enemy: Smallpox in Clay County, Kansas, 1900-1925
This study analyzes the cases of smallpox in Clay County, Kansas, between the years of 1900-1925. Evidence suggests proactive prevention methods were used to limit and eventually eradicate Smallpox. Data and information is drawn from county disease…

Pearl Opera House: Phantom of the Flint Hills, Alta Vista, Wabaunsee County, Kansas, 1880s-1970s
This study traces the introduction of an opera house to the small town of Alta Vista, Kansas and follows it until its closing. This highlights the role of the theater and its importance to the town. The author used collections at the Wabaunsee County…

Tracking Success of African American Landowners in Wabaunsee County, Kansas, Circa 1900: A Case Study of African American Farmers at the Turn of the Century
This paper explores the history of the Kansas Fever Exodus of 1879 and profiles four African American farmers in Wabaunsee County: Franklin Glass, Daniel Swagerty, W. B. Officer, and George Rodman. Contrary to the common historical narrative, many…

Perpetual Persistence: The African American Community of Manhattan Bottoms, 1880-1920
Using the case study of Jeremiah "Jerry" Mitchell, this study documents the early history of Manhattan Bottoms and the African American community located there.

Memorializing Martin: The Living Dream of Martin Luther King Jr. in Junction City, Kansas
The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is immortalized in Junction City, Kansas, by the grassroots efforts of both individuals and the community, in an annual celebration, marches, and a memorial park. This study was made possible using sources from…

Generations of Achievement: The Family and Early Life of Orchid Ramsey Jordan in Clay Center, Kansas, 1910–1928
Orchid Ramsey was a small-town African American girl born in 1910. She went on to marry Leon Jordan, a prominent Kansas City Civil Rights activist, and take over his position in Missouri’s General Assembly for sixteen years after his assassination.…

George Earl Adams, Sr.: The Beginning of a Legacy
This bio-essay focuses on the life of George Earl Adams, Sr., a veteran of WWI who returned to farm the family land in Brush Creek Township, Atchison County. George Adams left a legacy of committed military service and family and civic values,…

Kansas State University: From Black Athlete to Black Student Union
This paper explores the history of Kansas State University's Black Student Union, which was founded in 1968 by black K-State athletes as a site of solidarity in a time of social upheaval and racial progress. The author analyzes the founding of the…