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Oregon Was Founded As A Racist Utopia

Gizmodo | Matt Novak | Posted 01.22.2015 | Black Voices

When Oregon was granted statehood in 1859, it was the only state in the Union admitted with a constitution that forbade black people from living, work...

California's Forgotten Civil War

Kevin Waite | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Kevin Waite

The tragedy of slavery and the trauma of the Civil War have left legacies with which all Americans, from coast to coast and everywhere in between, continue to live.

World Cadillac Desert

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 02.09.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Cadillac Desert is an extraordinary book. It summarizes how the federal government, doing the bidding of large farmers, manipulated water: capturing it and bringing it through concrete rivers, sometimes hundreds of miles long, to where it would irrigate the desert and make it bloom.

Touring Our Wild America

Michael Brune | Posted 08.13.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

We all need places where we can unwind in nature and connect with our family, friends, and community. My own favorite place to take our kids camping is only a few hours away from home, in a small state park with a beautiful old-growth redwood grove.

PHOTOS: 10 Western Ghost Towns

Country Magazine | Posted 12.19.2012 | Travel
Country Magazine

If you've ever visited one of these remote and rugged places, you can't help but wonder about the people who came to seek their fortunes and created these towns.

PHOTOS: The Spectacular National Parks Of Utah

Olga Bonfiglio | Posted 07.01.2012 | Travel
Olga Bonfiglio

The national parks in southern Utah preserve this natural landscape for you and millions of visitors, as they have been doing for about 100 years.

Rufus Buck's Anti-Black History Month History Lesson

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 04.21.2012 | Black Voices
Leonce Gaiter

The Rufus Buck gang were neither saints, nor victims. But they are part of our history -- the part we foolishly agree to ignore because it does not fit the normative view of who we ought to be.

The Age of Thirst in the American West

William deBuys | Posted 02.04.2012 | Green
William deBuys

If you live in the Southwest or just about anywhere in the American West, you or your children and grandchildren could soon enough be facing the greatest water crisis in the history of civilization.

Delusion! Delusion! What Drought Is Over?

Brian Fagan | Posted 06.18.2011 | Green
Brian Fagan

Is the drought in Southern California really over? Are we free to use water promiscuously like we have in the past? The answer is an emphatic no.

Plan ForYourArt May 7-12

Bettina Korek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bettina Korek

There has never been more worldwide attention on the creative culture of Los Angeles. People from all over the world came to LA for the opening of the...

Wild Imagination

Jim McNutt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jim McNutt

If you've never seen an animal, what does it look like? Renowned children's book illustrator and author Maurice Sendak has something in common with 1...

Maps, Moose, and Museums

Jim McNutt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jim McNutt

In these days of Google Earth, GPS tracking, and instant cell phone connections to every nearby restaurant, mapping technologies inspire new visions. ...