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Wangari Maathai

In General
On September 27, 2011
I would be remiss to not mention the death of the great African environmentalist, feminist, and activst Wangari Maathai. The Kenyan activist began her activist career by figuring out that paying women to plant trees would both provide employment for women and protect the land. She then went on to challenge the Kenyan state of […]
Joel Garreau is one of the most important popular writers about urbanism over the past two decades. His influential book, Edge City: Life on the New Frontier, described the development of so-called Edge Cities, far suburbs largely disconnected from the central city that arise out of rural environments providing all the amenities of the central […]

Oscar Handlin, RIP

On September 24, 2011

I don’t often talk about individual historians because most of you won’t care, but it’s worth noting the death of Oscar Handlin, a historian who did more than anyone to create the fi

Kentucky has a very impressive set of politicians for its size. Like most southern states, it’s probably overperformed over the years, particularly as compared to many northern states. 1. Henry Clay. One of the towering politicians of pre-Civil War America. Secretary of State. Leading Whig. Believer in the power of government to improve people’s lives. […]
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