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As part of the state’s commemoration of the Kansas sesquicentennial, Gov. Sam Brownback Tuesday announced the top 12 Notable Kansas Events. Which would you pick as No. 1?

Response Percent Votes
Brown v. Board of Education
 
40% 240
Kansas-Nebraska Act
 
11% 71
Dust Bowl
 
7% 45
Indian Removal
 
7% 44
Cattle Drives
 
6% 38
Women’s Rights
 
5% 31
Railroad Development
 
4% 26
Wheat Industry
 
4% 26
Aviation Industry
 
3% 23
Overland Trails
 
2% 17
Other (please specify in the comments)
 
2% 16
Rural Electrification
 
2% 13
Reform Movements
 
1% 7
Total 597

Comments

Mike Ford 2 years, 2 months ago

the culture of victimhood is not the problem here.....it's the strawman for the people who have no concept of history and keep doing the same things over and over.....150 years ago railroads.....150 years later trafficways... 150 years ago the US Government and Protestant denominations... now....Protestant denominations and the willful ignorance and denigration of minority histories in this country.....what's changed... nothing....

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Mike Ford 2 years, 2 months ago

naw...you just sound like a denier repeating stuff that sounds like John Stoessel or Michael Medved or some other FOX network lackey....heard it before and listened to countless FOX devotees state the same nonsense over and over as part of their mantra.

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Angela Heili 2 years, 2 months ago

"Indian Removal: In 1838, the Pottawatomie Trail of Death ended in Kansas. Under the Indian Removal Act, 859 Pottawatomie people were forced to walk more than 600 miles to Kansas. Hundreds of native people died as a result."

I just can't get my head around why anyone would do that to another human being. The same goes for the Holocaust and slavery. What made these people think it was acceptable to treat another human being in such a way? I just don't understand that.

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bevy 2 years, 2 months ago

tuschkahouma, I don't know about where you went to school, but I learned plenty about what the Native tribes endured. I also learned plenty about the horrible things that Native tribes did to one another, but no one ever seems to want to talk about that. I also learned about the Holocaust, the Irish Potato Famine, African Slavery, the Dust Bowl, the Depression, and a thousand other awful things that people did to one another. I'm the descendant of Irish people who were starved out, kicked off their land, forced to move to another country where they were treated like trash, and who eventually moved west and made something of their lives. The difference is - every time somebody brings up a list of historical events, I don't feel the need to make a big deal about it. Nor have I tried suing anyone to pay me for the misery of my great-great-great grandparents. While it is true that we should never forget, it is also true that spending your entire life saying "people did bad stuff to my ancestors" continues the victimization that you profess to abhor. Acknowledge it. Mourn it. Do not forget it. But move beyond it! It seems that so much of the time is all we hear from some folks is "Oh yeah? Well, you think it's bad now, you should have seen what they did to my great-great-great-great grandpa!" But those same folks offer no ideas or solutions for the problems we face today.

Saying all that doesn't make me a bigot or a hater, either.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 2 months ago

fbwhatever, why is it that white people always think compensation is involved? why not just teach this history in class so that people on here don't so intentionally stupid.....by the way both my Choctaw ancestors and the Cherokees had written languages without your assumptive arrogant statement that white people brought written languages here. I guess you didn't learn that in history class either. Guilty people choose to forget or assail the past....we remember it....sorry.....

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corkster 2 years, 2 months ago

The Wizard of Oz! #tvisreallife

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somedude20 2 years, 2 months ago

Sunday liquor sales and the day that Curry in a Hurry and Dempsey's opened were stellar events

50/50 odds that this post will be removed

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 2 months ago

The opening of Free State Brewery

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CWGOKU 2 years, 2 months ago

None of the above, number was when KU gave me My diploma. That was a freakin' miracle

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Jayhawk1958 2 years, 2 months ago

Yeah a lot of good history events for Kansas, like "Indian Removal". Something we all can be proud of as Kansans. Also why not include Fred Phelps and clan?

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lward 2 years, 2 months ago

Lecompton Constitution--when Kansans rejected it, it was the beginning of the end of slavery.

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thanksforcoming 2 years, 2 months ago

Bleeding Kansas and how the state became a state.

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Ricky_Vaughn 2 years, 2 months ago

OMG, does that say "Indian Removal"?

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autie 2 years, 2 months ago

The post on this thread made Jan. 24, 2012, at 5:12 pm. One of those most outrageously ignorant statements ever made in this state.

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BABBOY 2 years, 2 months ago

Brownie is a depressing dude. Can't find a better list.

Keeping in sprit with his depression. I picked the dust bowl. I mean this state is crappola so that seemed to be the best pick.

I am sure if I had time to waste -- which I do not -- I could come with much happier list but F it I am going with the dust bowl because that is where this state is going morally and practically under his leadership....

I would note the best thing to happen to the state of Kansas is either Phog Allen being a coach at KU or Bill Snyder being a coach at KSU. Maybe Amelia Earhart or William Allen White but socially this state has done little in history.

I do not count Brown vs Topeka Bd because the school district was the one doing the wrong and someone else had to correct it which to me would be like priasing Alabama and the Civil war for ending slavery

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Mike Ford 2 years, 2 months ago

why should there be a statute of limitations? you're still benefitting from the theft as is Baker and Harley.....

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tange 2 years, 2 months ago

The tweet heard round the world.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 2 months ago

kansas nebraska act and Indian removal.....between 1825 and 1848, three bands of Shawnee, Delaware, four Illini tribes, Kickapoo, Citizen Band Potawatomi, Quapaw, Chippewa, Sac and Fox of Missouri, Iowa, Odawa, Munsee, Miami, Sac and Fox of Iowa, New York Indians, Prairie Band Potawatomi, and Wyandotte Nations were moved here to lands ceded away by the resident Kansa and Osage Nations in 1825. The Kansas-Nebraska Act forced the cession of 13 and half million acres of tribal lands in the 1850's. Without the Kansas-Nebraska Act none of the historcally clueless people could live here now. It's no accident that the cities of Leavenworth, Atchison, and Topeka have 1854 on their city seals. That's when the theft happened.

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Kim Murphree 2 years, 2 months ago

I'd have to say the four big floods; 1844 bluff to bluff, 1903; 1935, and especially 1951. The 1951 flood certainly had the most impact, if only because of the increased population. I know many people cite 1993, but 1951 is the flood that changed so much of how Kansas regulates waterways.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 2 months ago

Womens' rights, to remind us of when we were a progressive state and a model for the rest of the nation; now we are becoming a laughing stock.

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autie 2 years, 2 months ago

The Pottawatomie Creek massacre.

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DennisAnderson 2 years, 2 months ago

Here is the governor's office's descriptions of the events:

Overland Trails: In 1821, the first party left Missouri headed for Mexico on the Santa Fe Trail. This event was the official opening of the Santa Fe Trail. Overland trails helped the nation expand to new territories and initiate international trade.

Indian Removal: In 1838, the Pottawatomie Trail of Death ended in Kansas. Under the Indian Removal Act, 859 Pottawatomie people were forced to walk more than 600 miles to Kansas. Hundreds of native people died as a result.

Kansas-Nebraska Act: In 1854, U.S. President Franklin Pierce signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act into law. The act created the Kansas Territory which became a battleground for proslavery and antislavery forces known as “Bleeding Kansas.”

Railroad Development: In 1859, the Kansas Territorial Legislature chartered the Santa Fe Railway and helped launch railroad development in the state.

Women's Rights: In 1859, discussions and debates of the Wyandotte constitution included women’s rights. Provisions regarding child custody, property rights for married women and equality for public schools were included in the state constitution approved by Kansas Territory voters and Congress.

Wheat Industry: In 1862, the Kansas Legislature formed the Kansas Agricultural Society. This organization would later become the State Department of Agriculture, and it promoted Kansas to prospective settlers, including Volga German farmers with agricultural skills.

Cattle Drives: In 1867, the first load of cattle to be shipped via rail left Kansas. This positioned Kansas as a leader in the beef industry; first as the place where Texas cattle were driven to be shipped to the East, then as a producer of beef from shorthorn cattle and Herefords.

Reform Movements: In 1881, Kansas adopted prohibition as part of the state’s constitution. Alcohol consumption was just one of the many health and safety concerns that reformers campaigned against.

Aviation Industry: In 1925, the Travel Air Manufacturing Company was established. Aviation innovators Clyde Cessna, Walter Beech, and Lloyd Stearman created this company and later went on to form their own aviation manufacturing operations.

Dust Bowl: In 1935, a massive front darkened the entire Midwest in clouds of dust. The day became known as Black Sunday. Drought conditions, over grazing, and large portions of cultivated land led to the Dust Bowl in the Midwest.

Rural Electrification: In 1938, rural electrification reached Kansas. Electricity allowed farmers and families to take advantage of modern conveniences and increase productivity.

Brown v. Board of Education: In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its unanimous ruling on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. This landmark decision laid a foundation of equal rights and opportunities for all. It demonstrated that educational opportunity and achievement are core values.

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