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Letter from Susan Ware, Editor

September 2018

This update includes twenty new essays, with a focus on two overlapping themes: money and politics. Highlights include former governors Mario Cuomo of New York and Ann Richards of Texas, both liberals that made lasting change in their states, Jane Trahey an advertising pioneer during the "Mad Men" era,  and railroad industry leader Tom Scott. Subscribe by RSS feed for updates.

Mario Matthew Cuomo

Mario Cuomo (1932-2015served three terms as governor of New York and, thanks to his powerful oratory and liberal public policies, became an icon of the Democratic Party.

 

 

News

SEPTEMBER 27, 2018

What's new: September 2018

 Discover lives across money and politics.

AUGUST 20, 2018

What's new: August 2018

Discover lives across feminism and civil rights activism.

JULY 25, 2018

What's new: July 2018

Meet twelve new figures from American pop culture.