Silvio Gesell: The ‘Strange, Unduly Neglected Prophet’ Who Hated Money

A financial crash in 1890 convinced him that money was behind the world’s economic problems. By Greg Rosalsky Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of Planet Money‘s newsletter. You can sign up here. Silvio Gesell hated money. A German entrepreneur who moved to Argentina for business in the late 19th century, he witnessed a massive financial crash in[…]

Foods of the Columbian Exchange

How did the Columbian Exchange shape food culture in the modern world? Originally published by Newberry Digital Collections for the Classroom, 08.29.2017, Newberry Library, republished with permission for educational, non-commercial purposes. Introduction Can you imagine Kansas without wheat fields, Italy without marinara sauce, or Spain without gazpacho? Wheat, tomatoes, chili peppers, and many other foods[…]