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The Origins of Columbus Day

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On October 11, 2021
Why do we celebrate this genocidal and generally horrible person anyway? Turns out that like everything else in this country, it goes back to the history of American racism and not in the way you think: The first national Columbus Day was proclaimed in 1892 by Republican President Benjamin Harrison to celebrate the 400th anniversary […]
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This is the grave of Samuel Pomeroy. Born in 1816 in Southampton, Massachusetts, Pomeroy grew up comfortable and went to Amherst College, graduating in 1838. He taught school in New York state for a couple of years and then moved back to Massachusettts. In the 1850s, Pomeroy became a leader in the fight over Kansas […]
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On June 9, 1880, the Greenback Party’s political convention began in Chicago. While the Greenbackers would not make a long-term impact on American political life, they were indicative of the great dissatisfaction millions of Americans had over the Gilded Age, which was a slap in the face to them of the promises that capitalism had […]
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