Jesse James with his killer; 10 fires that caused historical change; rare Jim Crow Era voting rights victory; Civil War fiction; history’s spookiest photographs

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A picture has surfaced that appears to show Jesse James sitting next to the man that eventually betrayed and killed him, Robert Ford. A forensic artist is convinced that it is legit, but the James family disagrees. Check it out.

Another great piece from We’re History: Joshua Rothman offers up a list of 10 “significant American fires” that helped cause significant changes in US history.

An undergraduate student (yes, undergrad) at NC State just wrote a paper in which she uncovered a long forgotten legal case in which African Americans (one of them female) actually won a court case involving voting rights in the Jim Crow south in the 1930s.

So a church in the UK was cleaning out some kitchen cupboards and what should they find? A rare 1611 first edition copy of the King James Bible!

The ignorance of this toy manufacturer is mind boggling: A toy pirate ship features a figurine with dark skin around who’s neck children are instructed to place a slave shackle. Think I am kidding? Nope.

The Gettysburg Compiler has a good blog post today about Civil War fiction, as one student works her way through several of the classics. I’d like to add one to the list that I NEVER see mentioned anywhere when Civil War novels come up for conversation. McKinley Kantor’s Long Remember (1934). I personally love this novel set just before and during the Battle of Gettysburg, telling the story of townspeople and a forlorn love affair (but it isn’t the cheesy stuff of romance novels) getting swept up into a war that once seemed distant. I highly recommend it.

And lastly, for my Halloween-season fun posting for today: Here’s six of the spookiest pictures of all time. They all have natural explanations, but they’re creepy nevertheless.

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One thought on “Jesse James with his killer; 10 fires that caused historical change; rare Jim Crow Era voting rights victory; Civil War fiction; history’s spookiest photographs

  1. For what it’s worth, I’m suspicious of the James photo (I don’t know what Ford looks like enough to have an opinion on him). Forensic folks have tried to authenticate other historic photos that haven’t passed muster (see: the “youngest picture of Lincoln controversy), and this seems like the same sort of thing. Of course, I could be wrong, but it just doesn’t like James to me.

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