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YOUR VALUE AS A CUBAN SLAVE

If you or I were plantation slaves in Cuba in 1859, our value would have been set by law at $1,000 a person, which is equivalent to $28,316.68 in today’s US currency.   This was a considerable investment by the plantation owner. A large plantation might have around 200 slaves, with a human value in  Continue Reading »

A LAST MINUTE DECISION THAT MADE AMELIA EARHART FAMOUS

On March 22, 1927, Charles Lindberg became the first man to fly non-stop across the Atlantic from the United States to Europe. He was an instant national hero. While there were many pioneering woman pilots at the time, most people seemed to believe that aviation was a man’s profession.     Amy Phipps Guest disagreed.  Continue Reading »

THE BATTLE THAT JOHN MUIR LOST

The famous naturalist John Muir was angry. He had lost a major battle protecting Yosemite National Park, the land he had loved for over 30 years. As founder of the Sierra Club, Muir had battled against the railroad industry wanting to install tracks through Yosemite, sheep herders wanting to graze every piece of greenery, lumber companies  Continue Reading »