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Prince George Almshouse (Poorhouse)

Hagerstown Alsmhouse 30 years following that built at Prince George.

In Maryland the state Assembly had long called for local county taxes for supporting the deserving poor. Annual pensions were long provided for elderly and infirm who could not otherwise meet their needs. Those particularly old or disabled were often provided home placements in the community, with caretakers receiving pay from county coffers. Other poor…

American Racists: Donald Trump and Thomas Jefferson

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Trump calls Mexicans killers, rapists, and criminals. He assures us that “the Mexicans” love him, but says Mexico is sending people with lots of problems, bringing drugs and crime. Trump isn’t simply making an argument for immigration reforms to protect jobs or preserve culture. Lodged in his hotel room looking over the streets of Philadelphia…

Trumps (Drumpfs) from Whorehouses to American Glitz

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From a small village along the Rhine came a young Drumpf who found gold in the pockets of miners in the Klondike, sold horsemen to prospectors and ran the Yugest whorehouses in Yukon Territory. Expelled from Germany for evasion of taxes and military service, proclaiming themselves Swedish, the (now) Trumps swindled the government in building…

An Unwinding Short List

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A Short list of the cast of characters of George Packer’s “Unwinding” (2013) Dean Price, a farmer with land to develop who put up a truck stop and got convinced that in the age of peak oil that there would be a market for biofuels though with the massive turbulence in energy prices for oil,…

1774 and the Scottish Tobacco Merchant

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The Letterbooks of Alexander Hamilton, Piscataway Factor, Parts 1 (1774) (1774-1775). Maryland History Magazine, LXI [June 1966][1] , and Part II, 1967, Volume LXII Alexander Hamilton was a Scottish merchant at Piscataway, a small Potomac port in Prince George less than a mile from Warburton Manor, where Ralph Forster’s future wife was born and raised.…

Hail to Dale Carnegie

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In the early 1930s, the work world was new for most. People for the most part had been born down on the farm, and for the first time, masses were being employed for the first time in cities. That meant they had to deal with “organizations” and relationships with people they hadn’t grown up with.…