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

Richmond Chapter 15: The Dirty Thirties: Kansas and the Great Depression

The Great Depression hit the entire nation but in some ways it hit Kansas twice. The economic problems the plagued the entire nation hit Kansas but then the dust bowl literally blew Kansas away. The depression hit many aspects of Kansas life such as the extreme deflation, lower wages and high unemployment but the dust bowl brought the physical despair on top of the economic problems. Out of this trouble some interesting things came out of Kansas. Dr. John Brinkley gained fame for his attempt to be governor. He was a doctor of disputable ability and but he was wildly popular due to his common man ability, his radio show and his flying around the state in a plane. The other aspect of the depression was the political life of Alf Landon. The Kansas governor ran for president as a tight fiscal conservative and could be used in the classroom as a debate about what the role of government in the economy should be.


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