Monthly Archives: September 2016

Their First Vote

In U.S. history, who was the first African American to vote? Who was the first woman? What year? (Yes, I said “year”, not “years.”) No, that first vote wasn’t in a presidential election. It wasn’t even in a state election. … Continue reading

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1861: “I Have Never Contemplated A Long War”

September 15, 1861 Father and Major Bry think that the war will continue through Lincoln’ administration, but I pray that God in His mercy may avert this trial, I have never contemplated a long war, I have steeled myself to … Continue reading

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Two Winters Far From Home

Meriweather Lewis, William Clark, and the Corps of Discovery spent two years exploring the American West. That meant they spent two winters far from home and had to build sturdy shelters to survive the cold months. Today we’ll explore the two … Continue reading

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1861: “Newly Created Brigadiers”

“That’s all right; but if a cannon should be fired down Pennsylvania Avenue, it would hit a hundred or more newly created brigadiers.” A Union Officer, 1861

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New Stuff To Take West

When Meriweather Lewis and William Clark mustered their group of soldiers and river-men to begin the trek west into the Louisiana Purchase territory, they took some new inventions with them. President Jefferson liked new stuff and even made quite a … Continue reading

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1861: “Is He Not A Man?”

September 1861 …Our Presidents, Governors, Generals, and Secretaries are calling, with almost frantic vehemence, for men. – “Men! Men! Send us men!” they scream, or the cause of the Union is gone, the life of a great nation is ruthlessly … Continue reading

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