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A History of Kansas City Women Making History – Fall 2013

Dr. Mary Ann Wynkoop, noted scholar on American Studies, women’s history, post-World War II history, the Civil Rights Movement, and film history, will be teaching “A History of Kansas City Women Making History” for the fall 2013 semester.  Dr. Wynkoop is retired from UMKC, where she was an assistant professor in the Department of History and director of the American Studies Program.

The course will examine Kansas City women who made a difference in the city’s history. From the city’s early years as a rough and tumble frontier town, through its growth as both a major Midwestern farming and cultural cneter (both “Cow Town” and “Paris of the Plains”), to its current status as a major metropolitan competitor in the arts, sports, and economics, women have been central to the ways in which Kansas City has developed.  Major themes in women’s history will be examined through the lens of local leaders in social and political reform, economic development, and cultural advances.  For example, students will read about and study the suffrage movement with its famous leaders Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, but will also look at less well known Dolly Dallmeyer, who worked for the vote in Kansas City.  And students will learn about Dorothy Gallagher, who founded Guadalupe Center, and Claude Gorton, who fought against the Pendergast machine and its corruption.  Readings will include both a general women’s history text and individual articles about Kansas City women.

The class will meet Thursday evenings, beginning August 22, 5:30 to 8:15 p.m., at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library.  The class is listed as History 300C, section 0001.

For more information, please contact the Department of History at UMKC, (816) 235-1631.