Noted geographer, Edwin James, said of Kansas,
"[THIS LAND] IS ALMOST WHOLLY UNFIT FOR CULTIVATION, AND OF COURSE, UNINHABITABLE BY A PEOPLE DEPENDING UPON AGRICULTURE FOR THEIR SUBSISTENCE."
Residents of Kansas, Mr and Mrs Haldeman-Julius said that the people of Kansas
"...HAD BEEN FAR TOO ABSORBED IN THE BITTER STRUGGLE FOR A LIVELIHOOD TO HAVE TIME TO THINK OF HAPPINESS."
Famed author, Mary Molek, described her enchanting visit to Kansas like so-
"ONLY WHEN I LOOKED OUT AND SAW THE PASTURE LANDS FENCED IN BARBED WIRE AND COWS GRAZING HERE AND THERE DID I COME TO 'IT MUST ALL BE A HORRIBLE NIGHTMARE.'
BROWN V BOARD OF EDUCATION
In 1954, the Topeka Board of Education ruled unanimously that the segregation of schools based on color was unconstitutional, a major victory for the Civil Rights Movement.
DR JAMES NAISMITH
In 1898, Dr James Naismith became the Athletic Director of the University of Kansas, where he also became the first basketball coach in history. Naismith invented the game some years earlier as a gymnastics teacher, and brought the game to Kansas, where it became a national pastime. Naismith is buried in Lawrence, Kansas and Basketball has become the second most popular sport in the world behind soccer/football.
Pizza Hut was created in 1958 by two Wichita State students looking to achieve the pinnacle of cuisine. Looking back, the Pizza Hut brand has fulfilled this goal by becoming the greatest eateries in the world.
DWIGHT D EISENHOWER
Raised in Abilene, Kansas, Dwight D Eisenhower was a five-star general in WWII and was the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during the war. After the war, Eisenhower became the 34th President of the United States.
The majority of the B-29 bombers used throughout WWII were manufactured in Wichita, Kansas at a production rate so high that other airline manufacturers moved production to Kansas, causing Wichita to become known as the "Aviation Capital of the World." The B-29 was the model of plane used to drop the atomic bombs on both Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
THE WIZARD OF OZ
If you didn't already know that The Wizard of Oz took place in Kansas, then there's really nothing I can do to help you.
"We're not in Kansas anymore"
Yes, the Man of Steel himself is from Kansas. Though technically from Krypton, Superman was sent to Earth as an infant to avoid his planet's destruction. He landed in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas, where he eventually learned to harness his powers.
He came to Kansas as Kal-El, but he left Kansas as Superman.
That's right. The man, the myth, the legend himself hails from Salina, Kansas. He attended Kansas State University and now serves as Defensive Coordinator for the Clemson Tigers.