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Exploring the Conditions That Have Led to a Rise in Mexican Immigration and Entrepreneurship in Liberal, KS

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This paper seeks to explore the socioeconomic conditions among Mexican immigrants and emphasize the factors that have bred the rise of immigrant…

The Chinese Laundries of Wichita, Kansas:
A Portrait of an Immigrant Community on the Western Frontier, 1880-1905

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The author uses historic newspaper reports, census records, city directories, and historic advertising to recreate the Chinese community found in…

“Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau” (“Land of My Fathers”): A Comparative Study of Welsh Language and Culture in Settlements of Riley, Lyon, and Geary Counties, Kansas, 1850-Present

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The author compares three types of Welsh communities found in Kansas to determine when the Welsh language ceased common usage. A variety of historic…

African American Landowners: Clay County, Kansas, 1880-1910

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This paper explores the agricultural history of Clay County, Kansas, and the African American workers who persevered during the time. Sources used…

Kansas State University; From Black Athlete to Black Student Union

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This paper explores the history of Kansas State University's Black Student Union, which was founded in 1968 by black K-State athletes as a site of…

Generations of Achievement: The Family and Early Life of Orchid Ramsey Jordan in Clay Center, Kansas, 1910-1928

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Orchid Ramsey was a small-town African American girl born in 1910. She went on to marry Leon Jordan, a prominent Kansas City Civil Rights activist,…

Memorializing Martin: The Living Dream of Martin Luther King Jr. in Junction City, Kansas

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The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is immortalized in Junction City, Kansas, by the grassroots efforts of both individuals and the community, in an…

Perpetual Persistence: The African American Community of Manhattan Bottoms, 1880-1920

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Using the case study of Jeremiah "Jerry" Mitchell, this study documents the early history of Manhattan Bottoms and the African American community…

Tracking Success of African American Landowners in Wabaunsee County, Kansas, Circa 1900: A Case Study of African American Farmers at the Turn of the Century

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This paper explores the history of the Kansas Fever Exodus of 1879 and profiles four African American farmers in Wabaunsee County: Franklin Glass,…

Prairie Band Potawatomi Indians in Mayetta - Jackson County

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This study of persistence factors on an Indian reservation in Northeast Kansas includes interviews from Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribal Council member…

El Quartelejo Pueblo Ruins, Scott County, Kansas

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In this paper, the author discusses the El Quartelejo Pueblo ruins located in present-day Scott County, Kansas. The Taos and the Picuris Indians who…

St. Joseph's, Cloud County

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It is a sunny Saturday afternoon in Cloud County, Kansas, when the peace of the rolling tallgrass prairie is broken by cries of “Au feu! Au feu!” …

Hochfeld, Marion County

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The village of Hochfeld, located in the Menno Township of Marion County, Kansas, was settled in 1874 by German Mennonites on land purchased from the…

Lillis, Blaine, and Holy Cross, Marshall and Pottawatomie Counties

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This study of an Irish settlement area that included parts of two counties is based on fieldwork, photographs, original church sources, and an…