Eatonville – First African-American Town

Eatonville, Florida is the oldest incorporated African-American town in the U.S.  Established in 1887, it was named after Union Army Capt. Josiah Eaton, a white man who sold his land to the founders.  (About 100 black communities were started after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863. Only a dozen still survive.) … [Read more...]

Rugby – Utopia for Second Sons

Ever since Eden was lost, people have tried to discover or create the next utopia.  In 1880, famed British author and social reformer Thomas Hughes started an experimental utopian colony in Rugby, Tennessee.  Hughes rebelled against the materialism of the Victorian era and England’s primogeniture law. … [Read more...]

Noses Worldwide

While doing research for my recent post "Smells That Sell", I encountered an fascinating article by the Social Issues Research Centre on the scents most prized in non-Western cultures.   Fried onions, manure and rain are highly desireable odors in certain places for reasons making perfect sense in those environments. Many non-Western societies regard smell as "the emperor of the senses."  For them, noses play a central part in communications and local customs.  This sense can be so finely honed that people know who is related simply by sniffing body odors.  The article also explains how … [Read more...]

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