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Making the paper money for the U.S. government was a lucrative business - the success can be seen reflected in the evolution of the original Crane house to the Crane estate. Image courtesy Crane Archives

CONNECTIONS: How ladies undergarments secured Crane Paper the U.S. currency contract

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Exactly why such a small, out-of-the-way business in Dalton, Massachusetts, won a competition to become the single manufacturer of all the paper for the nation’s money is not known, but that doesn’t stop speculation. Read More

PART I: W.E.B. Du Bois and his politics: A complicated and controversial legacy

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PART I: W.E.B. Du Bois and his politics: A complicated and controversial legacy

- Undoubtedly the greatest African-American intellectual in U.S. history and an activist who pioneered the modern civil rights movement and worked tirelessly for African peoples’ freedom throughout the world, Du Bois is long overdue for public recognition in Great Barrington and the nation. Yet like Banquo’s ghost, the controversy surrounding Du Bois — and particularly his political ideology and affiliation at the end of his life — will not go down. Read More