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Kerry Wynn, Speaker

Associate Professor of History at Washburn University, and the Director of the Washburn University Honors Program

“Wide-Open America?”: Kansas’ Legacies of Conquest

In the mid-20th century, Life magazine published an article that ran with the title “Kansas—Bill White’s State is Wide-Open America.” This idea of Kansas—as a rural oasis of freedom—has often hidden the history of invasion of Indigenous lands. Examining the history of land grants given to veterans and others, as well as popular political rhetoric around the turn of the 20th century, this presentation explores the continuing impact of conquest on Kansas politics and society. 

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