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California and the Apocalypse

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On August 24, 2020
It’s hard to even talk about what is going on in California right now. The West is just going to burn up and dry out. It’s horrifying. But Leah Stokes at least tries to articulate the hellscape. Last week, a heat wave baked the West. In Death Valley, a world record may have been set […]
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Notes from the West

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On October 20, 2019
I have been almost silent from the blog for the last week. The main reason is that I spent that whole week in the West. The proximate reason was to attend the Western History Association conference in Las Vegas. But since I dislike Vegas and because in Italian-dominated Rhode Island, we still get Columbus Day […]
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This is the grave of John Jacob Astor. Johann Jakob Astor was born in 1763 in Walldorf, in what is today Germany. His family was skilled workers and that seemed where he was heading. He moved to England in 1779 to work in his uncle’s instrument factory and then to the United States in 1784 […]
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Jennifer Graber’s new book is an outstanding look at the white conquest of the West, examined through the lens of the various religious ideas and traditions involved in the conflict. Focusing on the Kiowas and the various Christian groups that tried to convert them and other tribes and covering the century from 1803 to 1903, […]
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