Author: Erik Loomis

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We sometimes don’t immediately think of the history of slavery as labor history, but of course, it’s absolutely fundamental to any understanding of labor history in the American South (and to a lesser extent in the North) both before and after the Civil War. This series will cover major events in the history of slave […]

Bastrop State Park

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On September 5, 2011

I love traveling. Seeing the world might mean more to me than almost any other thing I enjoy–reading, music, film, Oregon football, baseball. Maybe not good beer or bourbon, but it’s prett

Nancy Langston’s superb new book explores how endrocine-disrupting chemicals, especially synthetic estrogen (DES) have affected human bodies in the decades since World War II. Exposing the deep problems with American regulatory agencies, how cultural conceptions about gender have shaped our response to and use of synthetic chemicals, and how our national faith in technological progress […]

Remaking Straw Dogs?

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On September 3, 2011

So it seems that Rod Lurie is remaking Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs. I have deep reservations about this. I love Sam Peckinpah. I will defend many of his movies (OK, not Convoy, but certainly Cros

Endless Disappointment

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On September 2, 2011
Obama’s decision to not implement stricter clean air standards might be the final blow to anyone who had hopes for him as an environmental president. While he campaigned on promoting clean energy and fighting climate change, he’s had to scale much of that back in the face of congressional opposition and Republican extremism. This I […]
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