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.

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In 1973, the US Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade legalized abortion. However, the abortion laws that Roe negated were relatively new. 

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This commentary originally aired on December 30, 2014.

The meaning of the words justice served relies on the social, political and legal contexts in which it is applied.

This commentary originally aired on December 15, 2015.  

One of the best things about living in Wichita is the chance to go to a year-round set of food fests. Most start as congregational fund

A person standing at Broadway and 21st Street can see how immigration has reshaped the urban landscape. 

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On November 27th and 28th 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.

By any objective measure, Donald Trump appears headed toward being regarded as the worst president in American history. Ten months into his presidency, even with a Republican majority in the U.S. House and Senate, Trump has yet to sign any meaningful legislation into law. 

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This time of year brings out tales of haunted places. One such place is Theorosa’s Bridge, situated north of Valley Center where 109th Street crosses Jester Creek. Local legend says that the ghost of a woman haunts it, distraught over the loss of her baby who was drowned in the creek. Uttering the phrase “Theorosa, I have your baby” results in the irate spectre going after the speaker.

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This commentary originally aired on October 20, 2015.

The United States Congress ratified the Louisiana Purchase Treaty on October 20th, 1803, officially transferring 826,000 square miles of land from French to American ownership for $15 million.

It’s considered one of the greatest real estate deals in history. But at the time, purchasing the land between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains presented constitutional and political questions for the United States.

The Insular Cases are a series of U.S. Supreme Court cases decided in 1901 concerning the status of U.S. territories and their peoples acquired by the United States in the Spanish-American War.

Past & Present: North End

Sep 19, 2017
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A Google Maps search for Wichita lists the area north of 21st Street and west of Broadway as “El Pueblo.” The more common community name for the area is the more generic “North End.”

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