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Prince George Almshouse (Poorhouse)

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

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

From a small village along the Rhine came a young Drumpf who found gold in the pockets of miners in the Klondike, sold horse meat 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…

An Unwinding Short List

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,…

Hail to Dale Carnegie

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.…

Firdale Logging Gallery

If you go to Raymond in Pacific County, and drive out of town east on old Mill Road, keep going for about five miles on the dirt and gravel and you’ll cross a bridge. At a rise on the right, cast your eye out into that open field, and if it’s springtime, you’ll see some…