US Army Major Ben Peeler, alumnus of Fort Hays State University History Department joins Hollie Marquess to discuss his time at FHSU and how his degrees from Fort Hays prepared him for his successful military career.
In the second episode of the season, History Education student Keith Kuehn joins Dr. Manamee Guha to discuss the ways Nintendo and the beloved character of Mario transformed the culture of video games in America.
Image is of US Navy members with sticks and bats during the Zoot Suit Riots
In this episode, sophomore history education majors Lizbeth Guardado and David Solis join Hollie Marquess to discuss the Zoot Suit Riots, the Sleeply Lagoon Murder, and a lesser known group involved, Las Pachucas.
David Solis discusses Las Pachucas and, as promised, here is an image of their signature hairdo.
Lizbeth’s research focused on the Sleepy Lagoon Murder and trial as a precursor to the Zoot Suit Riots.
Season 3 of Victor E History is out next week and we’ll debut our brand new theme song, composed by Fort Hays State University student Nathan Weis. This season we will chat with notable alumni and will continue to feature student research on topics like the Sleepy Lagoon Murder, las Pachucas, the 1917 intelligence tests, Japanese video games, the gay rights movement, Edythe Eyde, and more!
In the meantime, catch up on seasons 1 and 2 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, or any of the major podcast platforms. Make sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.
In this episode, graduate student Erin Adams joins Hollie Marquess to discuss the sale of patent medicines in the west and how they used Native American imagery to sell their potions. They also discuss how the Great British Bake Off relates to Turner’s theory of the West.
Glackens, L. M. , Artist. The Indian Medicine Show / L.M. Glackens. N.Y.: Published by Keppler & Schwarzmann, Puck Building, November 2. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2011647635/>.
Rosenberg, John. 2012. “Barbarian Virtues in a Bottle: Patent Indian Medicines and the Commodification of Primitivism in the United States, 1870-1900.” Gender & History 24 (2): 368–88. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0424.2012.01687.x.
In this episode, online Master’s student Miranda Edwards joins Dr. Manamee Guha to talk more about Nicholas II and World War I. How much did his autocratic ideals clash with revolutionaries who were looking for large-scale reforms? Miranda also discusses the role Nicholas II’s wife Alexandra Feodorovna and her ally Rasputin played in pushing Russia into the throes of World War I.
“Communism and Cartoons: Understanding Themes of Gender and Nationalism in Soviet Animations”
In this episode, Hollie Marquess is joined by senior history major Shelby Oshel to discuss Soviet animation through the lens of gender and nationalism. Shelby traces Soviet animated cartoons and films from their infancy through the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Uspensky, Eduard. “Gena the Crocodile.” Cheburashka, January 1, 1969.
———. “Cheburashka.” Cheburashka, January 1, 1971.
———. “Shapoklyak.” Cheburashka, January 1, 1974.
———. “Cheburashka Goes to School.” Cheburashka, October 8, 1983.
In addition to her research on Soviet animation, Shelby briefly mentions her current research project, which is to locate the unmarked graves of two sex workers from Hays City’s Wild West days. For more on Hays City prostitution and mentions of these two particular women, see:
In the years 1932-1933, Ukraine suffered a famine that historians estimate killed over four million Ukrainians. As a result of the famine, women had to come up with different survival strategies and methods for procuring and preparing food for themselves and their families. Senior history major Alissa Zajac joins Hollie Marquess to discuss women’s roles in food procurement and preparation during the Holodomor.
In this episode Dr. Manamee Guha is joined by Drew Legere, a Junior at Fort Hays State University to discuss her research project on the tense relationship between the British and the Chinese leading up to the Opium Wars. As the British involved themselves in the opium trade, which brought British controlled Indian opium to China, both the opium merchants and Christian missionaries argued in support of the opium wars. Religious arguments were used by both groups to emphasize the importance of a British connection to China. For British opium merchants, demonizing the Chinese through their heathenism allowed the merchants to ignore the negative impact of the opium trade since the Chinese lack this vital British quality. Christian missionaries supported the opium wars to expand Christian influences on China, but later view the opium trade as a barrier to conversion which they viewed as a necessity for Chinese betterment.
In this episode, Lizz Dobmeyer, a master’s student in the FHSU History Department online, joins Hollie to discuss “Nursing Under Fire: The Experiences and Achievements of World War I Allied Nurses on the Western Front.”