Sourdough Socialists

Alaskan newspapers from the early 20th century often argued about controversial topics such as the territorial delegate, the Alaskan railroad, fish traps, and eagles. Editors sparred and went back and forth with each other on these topics with some frequency, and while the disagreements between editors were often relatively civil, they sometimes took on a …

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Teapot Dome Scandal

If you ask people to name famous political scandals in the United States, they might say Watergate or the Iran-Contra Affair, but one of the biggest scandals in the nation’s history came about in the 1920’s over a piece of federal land in northern Wyoming. The Teapot Dome scandal took its name from a small …

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Japanese American Remembrance Day, February 19th

Tar paper barrack Minidoka, 2003. Kito Family. ASL-M286-7-9 Today marks Remembrance Day for approximately 120,000 Americans of Japanese Ancestry who were forcibly displaced and incarcerated in concentration camps during World War II. In the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, unfortunately, anti-Japanese sentiment and jingoism, in the guise of military necessity, prevailed. President Franklin …

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Heading to the Polls in a Pandemic

If you voted in this latest election, then congratulations are in order, you participated in the democratic process during a global pandemic. A national election has not happened amidst an outbreak of this scale in over 100 years, not since the 1918 midterm elections. The elections of that year were held against the backdrop of …

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Different Outbreaks but Familiar Threats for Alaskan Natives

Article from The Cordova Daily Times, 01/18/1918 IN 1912 the Assistant Surgeon General of Alaska, R.A. Kearney, wrote that “Unless some ways are used to check tuberculosis among the native Indians of Alaska the race will become extinct there in sixty or seventy years.” In 1918 the threat from Tuberculosis was still critical, indicated by …

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