Sympathetic Detail: R. F. Deckert and the Art of Natural History Illustration

Over a year ago I stumbled upon ten large portfolios containing watercolor paintings of snakes, toads, frogs, turtles, and birds in the Michigan State University Museum's collections. And now a relative handful of these images are on exhibition at the Museum! The artist was the German-born and largely self-taught Richard Frederick Deckert (1878-1971), who was … Continue reading Sympathetic Detail: R. F. Deckert and the Art of Natural History Illustration

Mad as a Hatter: The Danbury Shakes

Here's my essay, for Connecticuthistory.org, on the problem of mercury poisoning among hatters in Danbury, Connecticut:  http://connecticuthistory.org/ending-the-danbury-shakes-a-story-of-workers-rights-and-corporate-responsibility/ The Danbury Hatters case (Loewe v. Lawlor, 1908) was a staple in high school and college U.S. history textbooks throughout the twentieth century. But fewer and fewer college history textbooks including this landmark case. More's the pity, given … Continue reading Mad as a Hatter: The Danbury Shakes