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At 75, Smokey The Bear Is Actually A Controversial Figure

By Wendy Mellilo/The Conversation

Smokey Bear turns 75 on August 9th.

The star of the longest-running public-service advertising campaign in U.S. history is now big on social media, with Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

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Posted on July 21, 2019

History Club

A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
Chicago Blog Review

Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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Posted on August 6, 2009

At 75, Smokey The Bear Is Actually A Controversial Figure

By Wendy Mellilo/The Conversation
Sometimes, Smokey gets caught in the middle of the campaign's roots in World War II patriotism, propaganda and racism.

Posted on July 21, 2019

The Ordeal Of The Jungle

By SIU Press
Race and the Chicago Federation of Labor, 1903-1922.

Posted on July 9, 2019

How The 'Good Guy With A Gun' Became A Deadly American Fantasy

By Susanna Lee/The Conversation
Real life is not pulp fiction: Research has shown that gun-toting independence unleashes much more chaos and carnage than heroism.

Posted on July 5, 2019

Chicago Thrift Store Book Haul

By Mountain School via YouTube
"Hauling books from a really nice thrift store I visited while on vacation in Chicago."

Posted on June 28, 2019

Noah Webster's Dictionary Wars

By Peter Martin/Aeon
Ultimately, the Merriams were the real winners in the American dictionary wars, having made a fortune from Webster's name. Had Webster returned to see they did to his dictionary, though, he probably would have thought of himself as one of the big losers.

Posted on June 25, 2019

Semicolon In West Town

By Semicolon
Black woman-owned bookstore and gallery opening in July.

Posted on June 24, 2019

Rand McNally Releases Updated Motor Carriers' Road Atlas Line

By Rand McNally
The annual editions are anticipated by professional drivers.

Posted on June 19, 2019

Heirloom Books

By Twilight City Studios
"In my family, hand-me-down books were the heirlooms, not jewelry or anything like that."

Posted on June 14, 2019

Highlights | Printers Row Lit Fest 2019


Posted on June 12, 2019

MUSIC - Pitchfork Highlights.
TV - Breaking: Trump Still Racist.
POLITICS - Trump & Hitler.
SPORTS - Cubs, Sox At Pivot Points.

BOOKS - Smokey The Controversial Bear.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Tube Packaging Market On Fire.

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