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This Week in History: New Year’s Day 1920

One hundred years ago today, people were celebrating the start of what would be dubbed the Roaring 20s in the United States.  What should have been a cause for celebration was slightly tempered.  This was the last New Year celebration before Prohibition would go into effect on Jan. 16, 1920. In Boston, revelers gathered at cafes […]

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Christmas Shopping in a Bygone Era

The commercialization of Christmas began during the Victorian era.  Retailers encouraged consumers to shop for the holidays instead of giving homemade gifts, and shop employees also decorated their shop windows with lavish displays to attract passersby.  The tradition of Christmas shopping was born. So what were the popular gifts in this bygone era?  Let’s find […]

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School Kids in 1903 Explain Why Thanksgiving Turkeys are Important

Kids Say the Darndest Things may be a television show, but kids have been saying what’s on their minds –  and amusing adults – for centuries.  In 1903, the Sioux City Journal in Iowa asked the city’s school children to pen an essay on Thanksgiving turkeys. A sampling of the essays were published on Nov. […]

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Forgotten Murders From the 1910s

My latest nonfiction book, Heinous: Forgotten Murders From the 1910s, was inspired by news stories I discovered while researching A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WW1.  As I conducted my research, I discovered case after case of murder, suicide, murder-suicide, lynchings, cop killings, doctors and nurses poisoning patients, and fatal traffic accidents.  It […]

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The Great Molasses Flood of 1919

Molasses.  Chances are it’s something you don’t have in your pantry, but 100 years ago it was a household staple.  Molasses is processed from sugar cane and is used as a sweetener; it is a dark brown, barely viscous liquid.  One January day, molasses also became synonymous with death. An industrial accident in Boston, known […]

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Lizzie Borden: Damned by the Press?

The silence of a small New England town was shattered on the afternoon of August 4, 1892.  Andrew Borden and his second wife, Abby, were brutally murdered with an ax.  No one heard anything while the crime was being committed, but the media sensation it caused was heard across the country. Maid Bridget Sullivan was […]

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Keeping Away the Darkness: The Electrification of Cities

This week marks the anniversary of an very momentous event in modern civilization: Dec. 31 is the day Thomas Edison first demonstrated his incandescent lightbulb in Menlo Park, NJ. The lightbulb was nothing new in 1879.  It had been around longer than the 32-year-old Edison.  Older models were expensive and didn’t burn for long.  Edison […]

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Boss Tweed: A Name Synonymous with Political Corruption

Corruption always has been a part of American politics. No one exemplifies this more than William “Boss” Tweed.  Tweed was active in New York City politics in the mid-19th century.  He was portrayed by Jim Broadbent in the 2002 film The Gangs of New York, and is best known for his role as head of […]

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Ghosts and Things that Go Bump in the Night: Victorians and the Paranormal

Belief in the paranormal is not limited to modern times.  It began long ago with our ancestors telling spooky stories for entertainment.  The Victorians, especially, were practically obsessed with ghosts and things that go bump in the night. Spiritualism – the belief that the dead can interact with the living through a medium – was […]

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If Money Could Buy Anything: Carnegie’s Diplodocus

What would you purchase if you had more money than you knew what do with?  A private island?  A fleet of personal jets?  A sports team?  Gilded Age industrialist Andrew Carnegie purchased a dinosaur skeleton. Carnegie became interested in dinosaurs in 1898 after reading an article in the New York Journal that detailed the discovery […]

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Gunda the Elephant: A Early Animal-Rights Story

Visitors to zoos today see animals housed in large enclosures where the creatures have room to play, exercise and interact with their own kind.  This wasn’t always the case.  More than a century ago, animals were kept behind bars in small cages.  Sometimes the situation was even worse, as with Gunda the elephant, an inmate […]

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