Michael Green

Michael Green


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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Election Primer

Without a doubt, voter turnout will be lower for next month’s elections than in presidential years. And that’s shameful, because the issues and campaigns in off-year elections often have a bigger local impact than presidential elections do—really. If you are among those headed to the polls on or before November 4, here are some of the more important issues to consider. Read More



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


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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