Past and Present

Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Past and Present: Demographics, Education and Economics

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One of the consequences of the Presidential election of 2012 is an increased awareness of the changing demographics of American society. Specifically, it is projected that, by the year 2050, non-whites will constitute the majority of the American population.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Past and Present: The Ludlow Massacre

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On April 20, 1914, the management at the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, owned by the Rockefeller Family, ordered an attack on a tent colony just outside the town of Ludlow.

This decision resulted in the deaths of 20 people, including 2 women and 11 children who burned to death in tents that had been soaked in kerosene and set on fire.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Past and Present: The Reality of History

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Many in the general public think of history as dry textbooks and the memorization of lists of dates, wars, kings and presidents. But memorizing facts is no more history than practicing free throws is basketball.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Past and Present: Dunbar Theater

Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

Kudos are in order for Wichita’s James Arbertha and the Power Community Development Corporation for their long standing efforts to renovate the historic Dunbar Theater at 10th and Cleveland.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Past and Present: Rights Won, Rights Lost

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March is often a time to think about women’s contributions, and how far women have come toward equality. However, it is also important to consider moments when women have lost rights.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Past and Present: Architect Behind Some Well-Known Wichita Buildings

Uel Clifton Ramey
Credit Steve Ramey

Historians study those who shape the world in which we live, including those who designed the physical space around us. One such person was architect Uel Clifton Ramey.

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Commentary
1:15 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Past and Present: Wichita's Black Entrepreneurs

“Rip” Gooch represented a pioneering enterprise in the aviation industry, starting in the 1950s.
Credit Bonita Gooch

Compared to other major cities, Wichita has a relatively small African-American population.

Because of this large, black-owned commercial enterprises, such as insurance companies, never developed here. Nevertheless, there exists a strong tradition of smaller-scale African-American entrepreneurship in this city.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Past and Present: Kellogg, The Lost Thoroughfare

Credit Amy Delamaide

More than just a road, Kellogg is a major landmark, separating the main downtown and upscale districts of central and northern Wichita from the aviation plants and blue-collar neighborhoods that lie “south of Kellogg.”

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Past and Present: Privacy

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Living in the age of the internet and social media challenges our right to be left alone. Historically, technological developments rush ahead of legal protections, leaving the Supreme Court to apply 18th century language to a brave new world.

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