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.

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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…

Soldier of the Republic: The Civil War Years of W.H.H. McCall
This essay examines the military career of William Henry Harrison McCall, a typical Union officer in the American Civil War. Once the conflict ended, McCall participated in one of the most famous engagements with hostile Indian warriors in American…

The People’s Game: Uncovering Diversity in Baseball, Pottawatomie County and Humboldt, Kansas, 1911-1924
This is a study of baseball in the early twentieth century and the diversity within town teams in Kansas. Research reveals that several Kansas towns housed African-American and women’s teams. This paper is based on fieldwork, journals, books, and…

Bootleggers Beware! The Untold Story of Ordinances and Their Effect on Bootleggers and Local Law Enforcement in Kansas from 1915-1925
This project analyzes the role of local Kansas ordinances in enforcing larger, national laws; it also makes connections between ordinances and community values, showing that different geographic regions in the state had different levels of ordinance…

What We See and Why We Stay: Place Studies Through Windshield Surveys of Scott County, Kansas
The western plains of Kansas sweep from one end of the horizon to another seemingly without ending. They are broken only by the sharp asphalt of highways cutting through fields and pastures which connect the numerous small towns that dot the…

Feast with the People of the South Wind: An Ethnobotanical Approach to Kanza Subsistence Patterns, 1724-1873
A presentation of the information gathered regarding the Kanza Indian tribe of northeastern Kansas. The information pertains to the tribe’s dietary practices, specifically those that utilized the wild and native resources surrounding their villages.…

Give Justice to the Weak and the Fatherless; Maintain the Right of the Afflicted: A look into the inception of the foster care system in late 19th, early 20th century Kansas and its predecessors
This paper explores the forms of child welfare prevalent in both Kansas and the entirety of the United States during the time before the modern foster care system became the prevailing norm.

The Peace and Plenty Coverlet, the Great Chicago Fire, and a Handmade Loom: A Material Culture Exhibit of Artifacts from the Ancestors of Barbara Booth
This study covers the material culture of five selected artifacts and a brief history of the migration of Barbara Booth’s ancestors to Kansas. Each artifact has a story attached to it that gives a glimpse into the amazing history and craftsmanship in…

Publicity Stunt: The Importance of Seymour Rogers and Free Water in the Creation and Survival of Liberal, Kansas, 1885-1888
A study connecting the story of where the name of Liberal, Kansas came from to the factors that impacted town survival in Seward County during the late 1880’s and early 1890’s. Seymour Rogers, the figure who is credited with inspiring the name of…
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