Friday, June 15, 2007

in the news

Remembering French Hero of the American Revolution

Jack LaLanne At 92 and still going strong. There's a short interview in which he and wife offer some wisdom about improving one's health.

Giant Bird-Like Dinosaur Fossil Found in China Having seen the exhibition, Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries, at the Field Museum only a few days ago, I was very interested by this article. Indeed, the Field Museum exhibition focused in part on the link between birds and dinosaurs asserting that birds are in fact living dinosaurs.

The Root of the Problem I came upon this article in Time magazine this afternoon while waiting in the reception room for the CT scan. This article reminded me of something that I've wondered about for some time and that is why at least in the public discourse on American slavery there's so much emphasis placed on the enslavement of Africans and its legacy but when it comes to the European indentured servants, who also had such a difficult life in the New World, it appears to be a mere footnote. The stereotype of a slave is a black African, but there were others who suffered just as much. There's no argument that the enslavement of Africans and African-Americans had an indelible and horrific legacy on the American experience, as this article explains, but I would like to learn more about the European indentured servants, who also suffered and died.

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