Past And Present



Three Wichita State history professors, Drs. Robin Henry, Robert Weems, and Jay Price, will talk about Wichita history, parallels between current events and historical happenings, and how historical events got us to where we are today.


  • The Legislative War Of 1893 | Past  Present

    The Legislative War Of 1893 | Past & Present

    28/10/2020 Duración: 01min

    In these times when close elections are common and disputes over elections are tense, it is worth remembering that these have happened before. A striking example from Kansas history was the Legislative War of 1893.

  • Past  Present: The 1830 Removal Act

    Past & Present: The 1830 Removal Act

    02/06/2020 Duración: 01min

    During President Andrew Jackson’s 1829 inaugural address, he proposed removal of the Native Americans living in the Southeast, mainly the Cherokee, Choctaw, Muskogee Creek, Chickasaw, and Seminole nations. A year later, on May 30, 1830, he signed the Removal Act.

  • Past  Present: What Government Cooperation Can Do In Times Of Trouble

    Past & Present: What Government Cooperation Can Do In Times Of Trouble

    31/03/2020 Duración: 01min

    On March 21, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt proposed to Congress a full-scale works program that would provide work of “definite, practical value, not only through prevention of great present financial loss but also as a means of creating future national wealth.” Ten days later, on March 31, Congress approved the Emergency Conservation Works Act. Through this act, Roosevelt and Congress created agencies that followed through with this legislative promise of relief. The first agency was the Civilian Conservation Corps. The CCC initially provided 250,000 forestry jobs across the country, with a peak of just over 500,000 workers in 1935. While a director led the CCC, an advisory council from four government departments — Labor, War, Agriculture, and Interior — jointly supervised it, a first for a governmental agency. The CCC created a camp work system that mirrored the U.S. Army’s basic training, and several future officers, including George Marshall, embraced the system. Each

  • Past  Present: The Great Wars Mark On Wichita

    Past & Present: The Great War's Mark On Wichita

    03/03/2020 Duración: 01min

    The Great War, World War I, left its mark on Wichita in a number of ways. We especially see this in the landscape of College Hill and Crown Heights.

  • Past  Present: Early Protests At Germantown

    Past & Present: Early Protests At Germantown

    18/02/2020 Duración: 01min

    While most Americans place the abolitionist movement in the 19th century, the first North American protest against enslavement took place on February 18, 1688, in Germantown, Pennsylvania.

  • Past  Present: Trumps Actions  Beliefs Are Scary

    Past & Present: Trump's Actions & Beliefs Are Scary

    04/02/2020 Duración: 01min

    Only three American presidents have suffered the indignity of being impeached: Andrew Johnson in 1867; Bill Clinton in 1998; and now Donald Trump.

  • Past  Present: How A Kansas Governor Helped Shape South America

    Past & Present: How A Kansas Governor Helped Shape South America

    21/01/2020 Duración: 01min

    A map of South America shows an island at the bottom of the continent. The La Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego faces the rough passage around the horn and is divided in half. The east half belongs to Argentina and the west is part of Chile. This island’s division between the two countries is due, in part, to the efforts of a Kansas governor.

  • Past  Present: Fake News In History

    Past & Present: 'Fake News' In History

    24/12/2019 Duración: 01min

    On Christmas Eve, 1913, striking families in Calumet, Michigan, gathered at the Italian Diner Hall for a party sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Western Federation of Miners.

  • Past  Present: If History Is A Guide, The GOP Will Pay A Political Price

    Past & Present: If History Is A Guide, The GOP Will Pay A Political Price

    10/12/2019 Duración: 01min

    In 2007, Victor Gold, a long-time G.O.P. insider, wrote a widely discussed book entitled Invasion of the Party Snatchers. Cleverly using the 1956 film classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers as a symbolic reference point, Gold lamented the growing influence of the religious right and neo-conservatives in the Republican Party.

  • The National Womens Party | P  P

    The National Women's Party | P & P

    26/11/2019 Duración: 01min

    This commentary originally aired on November 28, 2017. On November 27 th and 28 th 1917, the federal government succumbed to public outcry and released the National Women’s Party picketers from the Occoquan Workhouse. The events leading up to this capitulation advanced discussion of women’s suffrage, but at great cost to members of the National Women’s Party.

  • Past  Present: The Limits Of Free Speech

    Past & Present: The Limits Of Free Speech

    13/11/2019 Duración: 01min

    On Nov. 10, 1919, the U.S. Supreme Court decided its second First Amendment case in two weeks. In Abrams v. U.S., the federal government asked the court to uphold the 1918 Amendment to Espionage Act of 1917, better known as the Sedition Act, which made it a criminal offense to suggest ending war-time production. In a 7-2 decision, the court upheld the Sedition Act, applied the two-week-old "clear and present danger" doctrine, and ignited a conversation on the limitations of free speech that extended through the rest of the 20th century. Within the clear and present danger doctrine, however, the federal government must prove intent. A year earlier, in August 1918, the New York City police arrested Hyman Rosansky for throwing leaflets out of a building in lower Manhattan. The leaflets, written in English and Yiddish, were critical of President Woodrow Wilson’s support of the Russian government during the Russian Revolution. With Rosansky’s help, the police arrested six alleged co

  • Past  Present: The Middle Crossings International Legacy

    Past & Present: The Middle Crossing's International Legacy

    29/10/2019 Duración: 01min

    A few weeks ago, I was at the Kansas Preservation Conference in Dodge City and a tour took us to see where the Santa Fe Trail ruts ran down to the Arkansas River. One point, the Middle Crossing, marked a ford in the river where wagon teams could cross as they set out on the trail’s waterless and dangerous Cimarron Route to Santa Fe.

  • Past  Present: An Economy Built On Slavery

    Past & Present: An Economy Built On Slavery

    15/10/2019 Duración: 01min

    This year represents the 400-year anniversary of the first enslaved Africans being brought to America. The subsequent history of Africans in America is especially illuminating when viewed through the lens of business and economics.

  • Past  Present: The 1619 Project

    Past & Present: The 1619 Project

    01/10/2019 Duración: 01min

    In August, the United States observed the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved people kidnapped from West Africa and transported to the North America colonies. To observe this date, the New York Times , in partnership with the Pulitzer Center, published a 100-page edition of its Sunday magazine entitled “The 1619 Project.”

  • Past  Present: Park Villa

    Past & Present: Park Villa

    17/09/2019 Duración: 01min

    Last week, the faculty at the History Department had a social gathering at Park Villa. The rough stone structure with its red tile roof and wide, surrounding porch has welcomed Wichita groups for more than a century, many of whom probably don’t realize they owe their visit to the efforts of a colorful woman named Laura Buckwalter. Following an unsuccessful campaign for the city commission in 1911, Buckwalter advocated for a “rest room” in Riverside, the term at the time meaning “lounge” rather than “toilet.” The city agreed to the cost of labor, as long as she provided materials. That effort fell through. Buckwalter persisted, and the city created a committee to work with her on the project. The city called for bids and she came in lowest. Local architect U.G. Charles donated the designs for free but did not have provisions for a foreman. So Buckwalter served as foreman. Two masons and two assistants worked for reduced wages to support the project. For building materials, she obtained

  • Past  Present: Heartland Football Classic Brings College Football Back To Cessna Stadium

    Past & Present: 'Heartland Football Classic' Brings College Football Back To Cessna Stadium

    04/09/2019 Duración: 01min

    From 1897 to 1986, Wichita State University, previously known as Fairmount College, fielded a football team. During its eighty-nine year history, Shocker football made news both on and off the field. For instance, a 1905 game against Washburn College featured the first forward passes thrown in a game. On October 2, 1970, Wichita and the nation mourned the death of half of the Shocker football team in a plane crash.

  • Past  Present: The VRAs Coverage Formula

    Past & Present: The VRA's 'Coverage Formula'

    06/08/2019 Duración: 01min

    On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act. Considered one of the most effective pieces of federal legislation, this act secured nationwide minority voting rights. While previous legislation had attempted to do this, the sweeping infrastructure of federal oversight that developed through a series of “special provisions” differentiates this act.

  • Past  Present: The Midland Valley Railroad

    Past & Present: The Midland Valley Railroad

    23/07/2019 Duración: 01min

    Looking at a photograph of the west side of the Arkansas River from a century ago shows a prominent two-story railroad station just south of Douglas. This was the site of one of Wichita’s lesser known railroad connections: The Midland Valley Railroad.

  • Past  Present: Iran And The United States

    Past & Present: Iran And The United States

    09/07/2019 Duración: 01min

    Growing tensions between the United States and Iran have dominated news in recent weeks. The historical backdrop further validates the notion that certain actions can produce unintended consequences.