The Work of Rural Kansas Children. From gathering firewood and hunting game to tending stock and weeding gardens, children's activities were crucial to families' survival on Kansas homesteads, farms, and ranches. This presentation will dramatize differing perspectives on rural children's work, from the nostalgia of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie to the grim social criticism of Marcet and Emanuel Haldeman-Julius's Dust, as well as recently published memoirs of growing up in the Flint Hills during the 1930s. New research on the history of American childhood, African American children in Kansas settlements, and orphans resettled on Kansas farms will be included.
Funded grant project of the Kansas Humanities Council. The Kansas Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.