Jennifer Ostwinkle

About Jennifer

Jenni Ostwinkle studied environmental and agricultural history at Harvard University. She now wears many hats, even though she's not really a hat person.

Like the word “awesome,” the depth and meaning of the word “great” has lost some of its intensity due to overuse.  But in order to begin to understand the Great Depression, it’s important to first understand why it was considered capital-G “Great” in the first place. It may be useful to consider it in comparison to the… MORE


No historical event, idea or figure is ever safe from constant interpretation and reinterpretation. The presidency of Herbert Hoover is a terrific example of this phenomenon.  In his early presidency, he was vilified for exercising too much federal power during a time of isolationism; he was later vilified for doing too little during the Great… MORE