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.