Rosa Parks Police Report

Just goes to show that one’s heroism abroad doesn’t necessarily translate at home. While James F. Blake, the bus driver who filed the complaint against Rosa Parks, served in World War II…

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Construction Of France’s Finest Gift To The United States, 1885

Statue Of Liberty Construction Paris 1885

Relations between France and the United States may have been a bit terse over the past decade, but if anything is to be emblematic of the common ground between the two nations it’s the Statue of Liberty. Designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated in October of 1886, the verdigris “Lady” was supposed to serve as the champion of the ideas that Napoleon III suppressed during his reign.

Abraham Lincoln’s Final Trip Home

A man of such physical and moral stature couldn’t be bade a final farewell without an equally monumental procession. Commencing on the afternoon of May 1, 1865, Lincoln’s body was transported from Washington DC to his home of Springfield, Illinois by a funeral train that made a point to retrace the route Lincoln took when making his way to his seminal inauguration some years prior. Not present in the funeral train was his wife, Mary Todd, who was too distraught to leave the nation’s capital.

Seven Forgotten American Cult Heroes

Forgotten American Cult Heroes: Sam Patch

Before Evel Knievel was a twinkle in his father’s eye, Sam Patch was thrilling audiences across America. As a child laborer in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Patch would entertain his friends by jumping off the mill dam. By 1827, now living in New Jersey, his increasingly higher jumps had started to attract large crowds. Wanting something more than the life of a mill worker, the 22-year-old Patch began a jumping tour across the then 24-state Union.

“Sam Patch the Yankee Jumper” quickly became a household name, and his catchphrase “Some things can be done as well as others” become popular among his fans. A whopping ten-thousand people came to watch him jump 125 feet from a cliff near the base of Niagara Falls. Shortly after, another eight-thousand came to Rochester, New York to watch him jump the 99 foot Genesee Falls.

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