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Tag 1848

Herman Melville in Prison: Captive and other audiences

Some prison libraries, it appears, didn’t need the “‘Melville Revival’ of the 1920s” to tell them that Melville was worth reading; likewise for military, school, college and university libraries (and, not represented much here yet: private, public and club libraries)…. Continue Reading →

Popcorn, Lemon Beer, and Root Beer: Refreshments and Reproachments

If circumstances were wanted to furnish proof of the littleness of Troy, it can be found in the fact that its citizens got a law passed by the last legislature allowing them to tax the county to raise their Recorder’s… Continue Reading →

Lansingburgh Entertainment 1830s-1840s

From our second edition of yesterday. ANOTHER FIRE IN LANSINGBURGH. This unfortunate village was visited by another destructive fire on Sunday evening, about 10 o’clock. […] Among the buildings destroyed are the following: […] Mr. Jacocks, Harness shop—Bowling Alley in… Continue Reading →

Lansingburgh School District 1 “Colored Department” (1847-1851+)

For a period of time, in compliance with a state law enacted in 1847, there was a “colored department” or “colored school” in School District 1. Here again is a relatively little-explored topic. It seems possible that such a school… Continue Reading →

“That Sleigh Ride” (1848)

THAT SLEIGH RIDE. On Wednesday afternoon of last week the sleighing was delicious, and the air just bracing enough to give the complexion of the ladies who faced it, a ruddy hue, rivaling the sunny side of a ripe peach…. Continue Reading →

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