Location: Halstead, Kansas, United States

This is my seventh year at Halstead which is also where I live with my wife and my soon to be two year old daughter.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Miner Chapter 5: The Bone and Sinew of the State

Kansas in the pre-World War I period shows the merging of the Populist ideas with the Progressive Era along with the modernization that technology brought to the state. In Kansas this means debates and resolutions on schools textbooks, the flood of 1903, Standard Oil litigation, railroad and anti-trust regulation, capital punishment, public health, city reform Teddy Roosevelt, and isolationism. The chapter was interesting in how with certain issues the Kansas Legislature was very involved and hands on while in other issues the government cared less about regulation in favor of education. The chapter also shows the beginning of the divergence between the old pioneer leaders and a more modern form of government. A final aspect of the chapter concerns the role of technology in everyday life of Kansans. While many might feel Kansas are a bit slow to adapt the chapter makes it clear that this is not correct. Farmers quickly saw the advantages of new machines and automobiles and integrated them into their farming businesses. A classroom teacher could use this chapter very effectively in a class. When studying the progressive era, a teacher could compare issues and actions taken at the national and the issues that were important in Kansas.

Favorite Quotes From Chapter 5:

About the early airplane “It hasn’t yet become addicted to the rising habit.”

“Knowledge is no longer to be monopolized by those who chance first to get it.”

“Regions which produce only corn, cotton … or silver usually wear the same badge – the badge of poverty.”

The Normal school at Emporia (Emporia State University) was “too much like high school.”


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