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Exorcising the Demons of our Past: Why Eugenics Wasn’t What You Think It Was, and Why That Matters

BOOK REVIEW: Comfort, Nathaniel. The Science of Human Perfection: How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.

With for-profit companies offering genetic testing at prices approaching the commercially viable for the first time since the sequencing of the human genome ($1,000), eugenics as a topic of discussion in academic circles and in the popular news cycle alike will increase dramatically in frequency over the course of the next decade. 888 more words

History Of Science

Revolutionary Women: Nancy Hart

In light of the fact that I came up with this brilliant series around Independence Day, it is fitting that the first woman I spotlight is one from the American Revolution. 379 more words


Book Review- Mark Fiege's Republic of Nature

It’s a strange day when a book arrives in your mailbox to review and on the back are laudatory quotations from scholarly giants William Cronon… 745 more words

United States History

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American Wars

Part of How I Study History in 14 Points

1. When studying the United States’s past, no question, inquiry, problem, etc, can circumvent the all important question: how does it help “old White guys”? 308 more words

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Buffalo Soldier Harold G. Smith shares his story

Harold G. Smith served with the Buffalo Soldiers of the 92nd Infantry Division in World War II.  Smith joined the unit as a Lieutenant, but after his time in Italy during World War II, and then being recalled to active duty during the Korean War – Smith eventually retired as a Major. 98 more words