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Michael Green

Michael Green

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Green is a professor of history at CSN and the author of several books on the Civil War era and on the history of Nevada and Las Vegas. He also edits the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly and the Wilbur S. Shepperson Series in Nevada History for the University of Nevada Press, and writes "Nevada Yesterdays" for KNPR and columns for the Nevada's Washington Watch newsletter.

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NevadaEducation

On Education, Nevadans Want a Free Ride

According to the latest “Kids Count” report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in Nevada, kids don’t count, and too many kids can’t count. Nevada’s public school system ranked the worst in the nation for the third straight year, and speaking to the Review-Journal, state superintendent of education Dale Erquiaga. inadvertently offered an illustration of why. Read More

Features

Las Vegas Temple Night (from the hill)

How the Mormons Made Las Vegas

It’s less than two miles from the old las vegas Mormon Fort State Park to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, but 159 years separate the founding of the fort from the Las Vegas premiere of the controversial musical The Book of Mormon on June 10. What happened in between the two events is a tale of the occasional heartbreak and extraordinary labor with which Mormons helped create modern Clark County—and in the process gained influence far beyond their numbers. Read More

Politics

Illustration by Cierra Pedro

Why the June Primary Election Matters

A small percentage of Nevadans will soon vote in primary elections that will have a big impact on our lives. Election Day is June 10, and early voting has already begun; if past participation predicts future results, you’re unlikely to encounter long lines at the polls. But here are six reasons you should do your civic duty—or at least pay attention. Read More

Politics

Illustration by Jon Estradad

Reid’s Read on Republican Power Brokers

In Searchlight, there’s a foundation for a house that burned down—a house made of old railroad ties, where a hard-drinking miner and his family lived, Franklin Roosevelt was a god and the entertainment for one of the miner’s sons was listening to baseball on the radio. This helps explain Senator Harry Reid’s recent attacks on the Koch brothers, among others. Read More