The Wampanoag Side of the First Thanksgiving Story

From the Native perspective: The true story of Thanksgiving Michelle Tirado • November 23, 2011 Too often the story of the 1621 Thanksgiving is told from the Pilgrims’ point of view, and when the Wampanoag, who partook in this feast too, are included, it is usually in a brief or distorted way. In search … Continue reading The Wampanoag Side of the First Thanksgiving Story


It was June 3, 1800. President John Adams arrived in Washington, D.C., for the first time. The capital city, which had been chosen by George Washington as the seat of government for the United States, was still under construction. There were no schools or churches, only a few stores and hotels, and some shacks for the workers who … Continue reading THE FIRST OCCUPANT OF THE WHITE HOUSE

Health in the 18th century

Eighteenth-century recipes

This is the first half of a paper given at the Roehampton Postgraduate Conference, 17 June 2010.

What were the main health problems in the 18th century? The plague was no longer an issue (although there were occasional outbreaks even as late as the 20th century in the tenements of Glasgow). Smallpox and typhus were almost as bad, though, and there were also high death tolls from measles, scarlatina, diphtheria and tuberculosis, then called consumption. Particularly among the poor rickets and whooping cough were both dangerous, as was diarrhoea in infants. Skin and eye diseases and parasitic infections were common, as were rheumatism, ulcers, kidney and bladder stones, and bad teeth, which led to internal infections. Recipe books include remedies for everyday complaints such as coughs and colds, stomach upsets and headaches, as well as spots, warts and dandruff, cuts, bruises and burns.

When we’re ill in the 21st century…

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http://www.thevint Donald Trump has deep roots in Germany.  His grandfather, Friedrich Trump was born in the small southwest German town of Kallstadt in 1869. Even today, the town has just over 1,000 inhabitants. At the age of 16, he emigrated to the United States to join his sister in New York. He immediately found work … Continue reading THE ORIGIN OF THE TRUMP FORTUNE

NORMALIZING FASCISTS December 11, 2016 10.41pm EST by John Broich Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University How to report on a fascist? How to cover the rise of a political leader who’s left a paper trail of anti-constitutionalism, racism and the encouragement of violence? Does the press take the position that its subject acts outside the … Continue reading NORMALIZING FASCISTS

The Second Amendment Was Ratified to Preserve Slavery

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 00:00  By Thom Hartmann, Truthout | News Analysis (Photo: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery) The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says "State" instead of "Country" (the framers knew the difference -- see the 10th Amendment), was to preserve the slave patrol militias in the southern states, which was … Continue reading The Second Amendment Was Ratified to Preserve Slavery

FRANCE, 1944 AND NOW   June 1944: Boats full of US troops wait to leave Weymouth to take part in Operation Overlord. 5 April 2014: A view of the harbour of the English town today. This location was used as a launching place for Allied troops participating in the invasion of Nazi-occupied France on D-day. Photographs by Galerie … Continue reading FRANCE, 1944 AND NOW