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Schmeller discusses how the poinsettia came to the US in Washington Post

January 8, 2020

The Washington Post

Mark Schmeller

Mark Schmeller

"The story of how the 'Christmas flower' came to the United States from its native Mexico is not one of peace and goodwill," says Mark Schmeller, associate professor of history. "It is more a case study in the highhanded diplomacy, Yankee arrogance and mutual suspicions that have long plagued U.S.-Mexico relations." Schmeller's article, "The conspiracy-fueled origin of the Christmas poinsettia," was published in the Washington Post. 01/08/20

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