Robin Henry

Volunteer History Commentator

Dr. Robin C. Henry holds a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Indiana University and is an associate professor in the history department at Wichita State University. Her research examines the intersections among sexuality, law, and regional identity in the 19th- and early 20th-century United States.

As host and producer of KMUW's podcast Hindsight: Looking Back At 100 Years Of Women's Suffrage, Dr. Henry was awarded honorable mention in the 2020 editorial/commentary category by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.

She is the author of Criminalizing Sex, Defining Sexuality: Sexual Regulation and Masculinity in the American West, 1850-1927, as well as numerous articles. In addition to teaching courses on constitutional history and women and gender history at Wichita State University, Dr. Henry has introduced and continues to teach a graduate course on Gender and Sexuality in U.S. History. She served on the Committee on the Status of Women for the Organization of American History from 2009-2011.

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Phoebe King Ensminger Burn. That name probably doesn’t sound familiar to you. But on Aug. 18, 1920, Miss Febb, as she was known, might have become the most famous mother, at least in suffrage history. 

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In 1915, the American humor magazine Puck, known for its political cartoons and satire, published a special edition, guest edited by New York State suffrage groups, in anticipation of the upcoming statewide referendum on women’s suffrage.

During President Andrew Jackson’s 1829 inaugural address, he proposed removal of the Native Americans living in the Southeast, mainly the Cherokee, Choctaw, Muskogee Creek, Chickasaw, and Seminole nations. A year later, on May 30, 1830, he signed the Removal Act. 

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If necessity is the mother of invention, then conflict both presents new challenges and opportunities and requires us to consider what our necessities actually are.

In this episode of Hindsight, we will explore the development of the woman’s movement between 1850 and 1875.

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On March 21, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt proposed to Congress a full-scale works program that would provide work of “definite, practical value, not only through prevention of great present financial loss but also as a means of creating future national wealth.” 

Ten days later, on March 31, Congress approved the Emergency Conservation Works Act. Through this act, Roosevelt and Congress created agencies that followed through with this legislative promise of relief.

 

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2020 marks the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment that recognizes women’s suffrage rights in the United States. This is a moment to celebrate—but it’s also a moment to consider the relationships, organizations, and challenges that took an idea on a page to an enshrined right.

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In 1920, the United States ratified the 19th Amendment recognizing women's voting rights. Over the next year, we will explore, commemorate, and celebrate the history of women's suffrage in the United States and discover what role voting played in the social, political, legal, and economic changes of the 20th and 21st centuries.

This is Hindsight.

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For historians, knowing where to start a story, where the real root of a movement begins is difficult to find but is critical to where the narrative goes.

Seneca Falls.

New York.

July 1848.

Wesleyan Chapel.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Lucretia Mott.

"A convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of woman."

Quaker & Special Collections, Haverford College. Used with permission.

While most Americans place the abolitionist movement in the 19th century, the first North American protest against enslavement took place on February 18, 1688, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. 

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