Posts Tagged 'Andrew Jackson'

Erin Sagen and Araz Hachadourian – From Growing Edible Forests to Banking Heirloom Seeds, Solutions to Keeping Your Food Local

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As the proverb goes, no self-respecting Cherokee would ever be without a corn patch. But since the Trail of Tears, the nation had forgotten how to farm corn or, for that matter, any other heirloom crop cultivated from seeds passed down from their ancestors. The effects of this loss had been devastating: Diabetes and obesity were on the rise, and, like many other tribes across the country, the Cherokee struggled with addiction, depression, and violence. Around 2006, Cherokee leaders approached ...

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Rebecca Onion – America’s Other Original Sin

Here are three scenes from the history of slavery in North America. In 1637, a group of Pequot Indians, men and boys, having risen up against English colonists in Connecticut and been defeated, were sold to plantations in the West Indies in exchange for African slaves, allowing the colonists to remove a resistant element from their midst. (The tribe’s women were pressed into service in white homes in New England, where domestic workers were sorely lacking.) In 1741, ...

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JEFF GREENFIELD – Democratic Blue: Obama will leave his party in its worst shape since the Great Depression

s historians begin to assess Barack Obama’s record as president, there’s at least one legacy he’ll leave that will indeed be historic—but not in the way he would have hoped. Even as Democrats look favorably ahead to the presidential landscape of 2016, the strength in the Electoral College belies huge losses across much of the country. In fact, no president in modern times has presided over so disastrous a stretch for his party, at almost every level of politics.

Legacies are ...

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Ellen Brown – Trumping the Federal Debt without Playing the Default Card

“The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that. So there is zero probability of default.” — Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan on Meet the Press, August 2011

In a post on “Sovereign Man” dated August 14th, Simon Black argued that Donald Trump may be the right man for the ...

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Taking Jackson Off the $20 Bill Will Not Erase His Murderous History as a War Criminal, Slavery Enthusiast, & Genocidal Enemy of Native Americans By Adele M. Stan

During the height of the 2008 presidential campaign, I paid a visit to what was then an annual gathering of the Conservative Caucus, a right-wing group founded by the late Howard Phillips, who also helped found the religious right.

Unlike his compatriots among the religious right’s founding fathers, Phillips, a large man with the voice of a radio actor, relished the use of extreme language to characterize his perceived enemies: Gays were “sodomites” and “perverts”; Planned Parenthood was “Murder Incorporated.” He ...

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More Retirees Are Volunteering Around the World

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” ~ Betty Friedan

More and more older Americans are feeling the call to give back to others and are finding themselves traveling across the world to volunteer their unique skills. Their wisdom, empathy and extensive experience are highly desired qualities in all types of volunteer work.

Overseas communities are especially eager to host older volunteers, as they tend to bring professional and specialized skills that are unavailable in the ...

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