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Perpetual war guilt?

When will the breast beating and hair pulling ever end?   This year for the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, the British Broadcasting Corp. issued a documentary it called “Germany–Justice and Memory.  The piece is advertised as an exploration of “how Germany has tried to come to terms with the legacy of […]

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When the family farm died!

The family farm began disappearing from American life with the great Depression and drought of the 1930s.  Farmers found it impossible to earn a living raising crops and animals, so they began migrating to cities. In the process, the whole of American life changed in so many ways.   Old MacDonald of lore gave up his […]

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The printer’s devil lived a hell of a life!

Gone are the days when young men found their way into newspaper and print shop work as printers’ devils. Their life could be difficult, it could be dangerous, it could stink–and yet young men kept knocking on newspaper and print shop doors looking for a chance to start their careers. Life in the Back Shop […]

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Collecting the strangest things

People collect the damnedest things. Actually, collecting, for the truly devoted, can become an all-consuming occupation. Often it is for some quite an irrational undertaking while for others it is inspired by love for an occupation or hobby or locale. In many cases there is no explanation for why people become collectors. The best they […]

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Women in newspapering

While newspaper work was traditionally a male dominated domain, it was by no means reserved strictly for men, and for women who got into the trade, the work was demanding, dangerous and full of adventure. It was also filled with plain everyday chores which define the life of most tradesmen and women. “Evonne Angello’s experience […]

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