Author Archives: George Putnam

The Holocaust

The Holocaust was the genocide of European Jews and others during World War II. Nazi Germany and its collaborators murdered six million Jews, two-thirds of the nine million Jews in Europe. The killings were carried out through forced labor under … Continue reading

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A Wikipedia Story

Wikipedia is a marvelous resource. This online encyclopedia contains vast amounts of information. It is free and it is available without leaving home. By comparison, the encyclopedias of my youth contained puny amounts of information. They were expensive, and therefore … Continue reading

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Thinking About Libraries

Libraries are wonderful places. I enjoy spending time in libraries, and they are essential to a free people. Libraries contain our thoughts, our histories, our creative works of literature and often art as well, and our dreams. Libraries are changing … Continue reading

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Thinking About Law

Over on my other blog, The Switchel Traveler, I wrote about our recent vacation in Washington, DC. As a result of that trip, I’ve been thinking about law. Our system of government is based on the rule of law: all … Continue reading

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The Lease Lands of Cambridge

Suppose you are researching the chain of title for land you own in my town of Cambridge, Vermont, and you find this language in an old deed: “All of the above described and herein conveyed land is lease-land, subject to … Continue reading

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Statutory Boards in Cambridge

This post is part of a series of posts on “Learning about town government” in my town of Cambridge, Vermont. Please see the link for context, a disclaimer, and a list of posts in this series. The 2018 annual report … Continue reading

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Voting Methods at Town Meeting

This post is part of a series of posts on “Learning about town government” in my town of Cambridge, Vermont. Please see the link for context, a disclaimer, and a list of posts in this series. This post is about … Continue reading

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The Caine Mutiny

The Caine Mutiny is a novel of historical fiction about World War II by Herman Wouk. It was published, and won the Pulitzer Prize, in 1951. The Caine Mutiny follows the life of Willie Keith from December 1942, one year … Continue reading

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Legacy of the Four Freedoms

The Four Freedoms are very much a force in our world today. (For background about the Four Freedoms, see Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms, Rockwell’s Four Freedoms, and Freedom of Speech Painting.) Franklin Roosevelt died in April 1945, just before the end … Continue reading

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Freedom of Speech Painting

Norman Rockwell’s 1942 painting Freedom of Speech was a huge success. (This was one of four paintings he did to illustrate President Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms. See Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms and Rockwell’s Four Freedoms.) Rockwell himself liked it the best … Continue reading

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