'Wizard of Oz' forever linked to Kansas' legacy
The 1939 movie defined much of the Kansas image more so than the book, said Thomas Averill, a Kansas historian and a professor of English at Washburn University in Topeka.
“It’s not always a positive image,” Averill said. “Kansas is seen in black and white. Judy Garland is sort of an emotive Dorothy, where in the book Dorothy is pretty determined and practical.”