American recreational camping history has its share of legendary popularizers, including John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt. But some of the people who helped transform or popularize pleasure camping in America have fallen into obscurity; chances are you’ve never even heard of these innovators unless you are a history-minded camping nerd like me. It’s time to give these American originals their due.

I Was Told to Come Alone

by Souad Mekhennet

I was told to come alone. I was not to carry any identification and would have to leave my cell phone, audio recorder, watch, and purse at my hotel in Antakya, Turkey. All I could bring were a notebook and a pen.

“Doctors said I wouldn’t live to be twelve—I’m now twenty-five and the national ambassador for the MDA.”

Multiple award-winning poet and memoirist Maya Angelou said it best: “In diversity, there is beauty and there is strength.” Peter and Aaron accept the true value of diversity and how it benefits America’s future.

Pantsuit Nation—Meet Jia

by Libby Chamberlain

Every day, sexual harassment and gender-based violence occurs against women both in person and online. Brianna and Jia have experienced it firsthand and are determined to fight back.

Pantsuit Nation—Meet Karen

by Libby Chamberlain

Karen’s sexual identity should not exclude her from the basic inalienable rights that most people in our country take for granted.

Parenting may be its own reward, but it’s difficult enough even under the best of circumstances. Lauren and Rajib want to raise loving and respectful children in a better world than the one we have now.