Monthly Archives: April 2015

“The disparity in years between you”: A random letter about marriage from nineteenth century Philadelphia

Originally posted on The Dustbin of History:
In 15 years, she will be in the prime of life – and you will, most probably, be a feeble old man. While combing through collections in archives I often come across random…

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Iowa’s first execution: The shameful story of Peg-leg O’Conner

Originally posted on The Dustbin of History:
When the state of Iowa is mentioned most people think of rolling prairies, but the history of this part of the ‘American Heartland’ also has an Irish hue to it. In the nineteenth century many Irish…

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