Sugar, Ships, Speculators and the American Revolution

Young America Post #7 “Make everything as simple as possible,” said Albert Einstein, “but not simpler.” We like to think of the American revolution as having been caused by King George III’s antagonistic policies, particularly with respect to taxation. Then one thing led to another and pretty soon, BOOM! That’s simple. But too simple. The …

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The Scoop on Poop

Public Sanitation in Colonial America and Beyond Young America Post #3 In the mid-1980’s while teaching graduate students in Amsterdam, I was taking a walk with a colleague one day when he stepped in something squishy. It turned out to be an artifact left on the sidewalk by a local dog. But the dog was …

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