Past and Present http://kmuw.org en The War That The Great War Helped Us Avoid http://kmuw.org/post/war-great-war-helped-us-avoid <p></p><p>While Europe teetered on the brink of war during the summer of 1914, the threat of escalating violence and warfare with Mexico consumed Americans’ attentions.</p><p>The relationship between the United States and Mexico began to sour in 1910 as Mexico fell into a decade-long civil war. Until 1914, the U.S. warned Mexico that it would only get involved if the fighting threatened the lives or property of Americans living in Mexico. Twice, President Taft sent troops to the border as a warning, but did not allow them to intervene in the conflict.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robin Henry 38133 at http://kmuw.org The War That The Great War Helped Us Avoid Happy Birthday, Wichita STATE University! http://kmuw.org/post/happy-birthday-wichita-state-university <p></p><p>This month is Wichita State University’s 50th birthday!</p><p>On July 1, 1964, the University of Wichita officially joined the state university system. It was not an easy journey.</p><p>The University of Wichita had been municipal university since the 1920s. By the 1960s, however, many in Wichita believed that the time had come for WU to join the state university system, serving the state, not just one city.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jay Price 37481 at http://kmuw.org Happy Birthday, Wichita STATE University! Confronting Racism In Sports http://kmuw.org/post/confronting-racism-sports <p></p><p>As a fan of the National Basketball Association, and as someone who does research in African American history, the recent Donald Sterling debacle reminded me that former President Dwight D. Eisenhower was correct when he stated that laws and court decisions can’t necessarily change what’s in the hearts of individuals.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robert E. Weems Jr. 36723 at http://kmuw.org Confronting Racism In Sports Another Piece of the Civil Rights Fight http://kmuw.org/post/another-piece-civil-rights-fight <p>On June 19th 1964, the Senate passed the Civil Rights Act, breaking the 83-day filibuster by Southern Democrats. While this act is recognized as a groundbreaking piece of civil rights legislation for African Americans, it also held the key to future civil rights advancements and protections for women.</p><p>Two days before the final vote, Representative Howard W. Smith, a powerful Democrat from Virginia, added <em>sex</em> as a protected class to Title VII, a section that prohibits discrimination by employers. Historians have been wondering about his motivations ever since.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robin Henry 36024 at http://kmuw.org Another Piece of the Civil Rights Fight The German Influence In Wichita's Early Days http://kmuw.org/post/german-influence-wichitas-early-days <p></p><p></p><p>In 1878, the editors of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illinois_Staats-Zeitung">Illinois Staats-Zeitung</a>, a German-language newspaper out of Chicago, visited Wichita and noted that the city’s population was about a third German, among them mayor and Wichita founding father <a href="http://www.century2.org/AboutUs/Century+II+History/Greiffenstein.htm">Wilhelm “Dutch Bill” Greiffenstein</a>. The visitors were impressed that there was even a fraternal “Turnverein,” or Turner’s Society, in town.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jay Price 34479 at http://kmuw.org The German Influence In Wichita's Early Days Is The Balance Of Power Changing? http://kmuw.org/post/balance-power-changing <p></p><p></p><p>Since the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1788, the federal government has been the center of power in this country. However, two recent developments suggest that this may be shifting.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robert E. Weems Jr. 34627 at http://kmuw.org Is The Balance Of Power Changing? Past And Present: A Major Landmark In The Fight For Civil Rights http://kmuw.org/post/past-and-present-major-landmark-fight-civil-rights <p>This year marks the 60th anniversary of the celebrated civil rights case, <em>Brown v. Board of Education</em>. However, on May 3, 1954, two weeks before the <em>Brown</em> ruling, the Supreme Court delivered another important decision in the American Civil Rights movement.</p><p>In <em>Hernandez v. Texas</em>, the court declared that the 14th Amendment’s right to equal protection extended to all racial and ethnic groups. In 1951, Texas convicted an agricultural worker named Pedro Hernandez of murdering Joe Espinosa.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robin Henry 34022 at http://kmuw.org Past And Present: A Major Landmark In The Fight For Civil Rights Past And Present: The Life of a Wichita Intersection http://kmuw.org/post/past-and-present-life-wichita-intersection <p></p><p>I recently had the privilege to lead two walking tours along Douglas Avenue. Many were amazed at how much the center of Wichita has changed.</p><p>A photograph of Douglas and Main from 1870 shows a few wood structures and tents in the middle of a grassy plain. Two years later, according to one recollection, the intersection “clanged with the noisy spurs of Texas cowboys and Mexican ranchmen” and “a brass band played from morning to far into the night on a two-story platform raised over the sidewalk.”</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jay Price 33342 at http://kmuw.org Past And Present: The Life of a Wichita Intersection Past and Present: Baking A Bigger Pie http://kmuw.org/post/past-and-present-baking-bigger-pie <p></p><p></p><p>A historic and ongoing shortcoming of the U.S. economy is its underutilization of the entrepreneurial potential within nonwhite communities. For instance, because of this longstanding problem, in Kansas today, nonwhites make up 20 percent of the state’s population, yet only seven percent of Kansas’ businesses are minority-owned.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robert E. Weems Jr. 32638 at http://kmuw.org Past and Present: Baking A Bigger Pie How A Devastating Tragedy Led To Real Workplace Reform http://kmuw.org/post/how-devastating-tragedy-led-real-workplace-reform <p></p><p>In the afternoon of March 25, 1911, the New York City fire department answered a call from Greenwich Village and found smoke billowing out of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory that occupied the top floors of the Asch Building.</p><p></p><p>As smoke turned to fire, a crowd gathered below to watch as the firefighters attempted to put out a fire that had grown beyond the reach of their equipment. Inside, fear and panic mounted as the largely female workforce found their escape blocked by the fire, and the doors locked by managers who thought the women took too many breaks.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robin Henry 31922 at http://kmuw.org How A Devastating Tragedy Led To Real Workplace Reform