Author: Erik Loomis

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This is the grave of Montgomery Blair. Born in Franklin County, Kentucky in 1813, Montgomery Blair’s father Frank (grave shown in this picture as well, but already covered in the series) became one of Andrew Jackson’s leading advisors. He was accepted to West Point and graduated in 1835. After serving for only one year in […]
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Ken Burns is a very skilled filmmaker, but he is a terrible adjudicator of history. Despite his constant claims that he doesn’t take a position, of course he does and it is inevitably one of a cultural conservatism combined with some level of nostalgia for the past. The Jazz and Baseball documentaries were full of […]
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Earth Day

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On April 22, 2019
I’m in New Bedford to give a talk on the connections and problems between the labor and environmental movements. Happy times on this Earth Day! Climate change is coming and we are going to do absolutely nothing about it. A huge reason? Most Americans, especially older Americans, simply don’t see it as an important issue. […]
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Inside this family tomb lies Edward G. Robinson. Born Emanuel Goldenberg in Bucharest, Romania in 1893, his family decided to move to the U.S. in 1904 to escape anti-Semitism. His family joined the hordes crowding into the Lower East Side. For many people this extremely crowded world was traumatic, but the young Goldenberg loved it. […]
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