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This is the grave of Ogden Mills. Born in 1884 in Newport, Rhode Island to the toniest of the Gilded Age elite, Mills grew up with all the luxury and his financial policies would reflect that. Mills graduated from Harvard in 1904 and then Harvard Law in 1907. He and his sister ran elite horse […]
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This is the grave of Lillian Wald. Born in 1867 to a middle-class and secular Jewish family in Cincinnati, Wald’s family moved to Rochester in the late 1870s. She applied to Vassar College in 1883. Vassar claimed she was too young; whether her ethnicity had anything to with that decision is not something I can […]
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This is the grave of Allen Treadway. For the most part, Allen Treadway is not particularly interesting. He was a long-time congressman from Massachusetts. He was born in 1867 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. In 1913, he was elected to the House and he stayed there for a very long time. He did not leave office until […]

The Wages of Coal

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On December 9, 2018

West Virginia definitely needs to double down on coal: Each morning Tina Coleman turns her faucet, she waits to see what color the water will be when, or if, it flows out. Some days it’s blue or gre

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