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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 7: Dust and Democrats

This Chapter by Craig Miner takes the reader from the Great Depression up through World War II. The chapter might sound as if it would only cover mainly governmental affairs but a variety of issues are mentioned. One of the most important assertions made in this chapter is how with the massive failure of Alf Landon in the 1936 presidential campaign showed how far Kansas was from the other parts of the nation. This would coincide with the fact that many people looked at Kansas as more of a freak state and could not be taken seriously. Kansas also saw at this time the need to diversify its economy instead of being reliant on single commodities. The way that Kansas started to pull itself out of its economic crisis through the development of the Kansas Industrial Development Commission is important. This group helped pave the way for new business by encouraging new enterprises along with helping to present Kansas in a more favorable light. The book also makes a great point in looking at how the depression seemed to lessen the rhetoric that symbolized early Kansas history. As far as teaching, this chapter allows for some economic application dealing with the ideas of corporate farming and the pros and cons with their operations and the involvement of government in building up the state’s infrastructure.

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