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Reconstruction Monuments

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On December 16, 2016
In the next month, expect Barack Obama to make significant expansions to the National Park Service through naming National Monuments. There is some risk here given the extremists taking power and some strong belief among western Republicans that Trump should eliminate many of the recent monuments. But Obama naming the Bears Ears as a monument […]
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One hundred years ago today, Woodrow Wilson signed the bill creating the National Park Service. While other nations do have national parks, no other nation has used the idea to also tell interpretations of the nation’s history, protecting not only battlefields and a few other nationally famous places, but also relatively obscure places that tell […]
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Stonewall National Monument

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On May 11, 2016
In the last year of the Obama administration, expect to see a large number of new national park sites named, largely national monuments since the president can do this unilaterally (other forms of National Park System status have to be approved by Congress). This has become a standard way for Democratic presidents to seal their […]
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Glenn Nelson challenges the National Park Service to do more to welcome minorities. He notes how very few visitors to national parks are people of color and the very strong disconnect between these central places in the American experience and minorities. The place to start is the National Park Service. About 80 percent of park […]

Pullman

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On February 19, 2015

As I have urged for some time, President Obama will be naming the Pullman site a national monument today. This is a great thing for those who are interested in remembering both American labor history

Martin Litton, RIP

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On December 7, 2014

The great environmentalist Martin Litton has died. A radical within what was traditionally a pretty conservative Sierra Club, Litton allied with David Brower to lead the fight to save Dinosaur Nationa

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