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Taking a Stand - Writings of William Allen White

Guided tour—Red Rocks State Historic Site, Emporia

Grades—high school

William Allen White was known for taking a stand on issues of importance to Kansans. Through his editorials in the Gazette he managed to catch the eye of both common Americans and presidents. White became known as the "Sage of Emporia" and was admired for his ability to represent the feelings of the heartland. This tour offers the students an opportunity to take a stand on one of three issues important to White, fellow Kansans, and Americans.  The three topics are the Populist Party, the Court of Industrial Relations, and the influence of the Ku Klux Klan.

Teachers will choose the topic that their students will pursue.  Background information both expository and primary sources will be provided for pre-visit work.

White's officeAfter a short tour of the White home the students will gather in White’s study to participate in an intellectual discussion called a Socratic Seminar.  What better setting to stimulate critical and creative thinking than in the home of William Allen White?

Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards

Standard #3  Societies are shaped by beliefs, ideas, and diversity

  • 3.2 The student will draw conclusions about significant beliefs, contributions, and ideas, analyzing the origins and context under which these competing ideals were reached and the multiple perspectives from which they come.

Standard #4 Societies experience continuity and change over time

  • 4.1 The student will recognize and evaluate continuity and change over time and its impact on individuals, institutions, communities, states, and nations.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards

  • RH.11-12. 1: The student will cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
  • RH.11-12.9: The student will integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.
  • SL 9-10.1: The student will initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Cost per student is $6 (including general admission.)  One adult enters free for every 10 students.  Additional adults pay the student rate.

Length of tour:  approximately 90 minutes.

Number of students in a group:  for the best experience, we recommend approximately 25 students per tour.

Registration and scheduling:  Contact site administrator, 620-342-2800; or email Red Rocks. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

Other guided tours available at the Red Rocks:

Hats Off to William Allen White - Red Rocks

William Allen White and the Reform Era - Red Rocks