Category: United States

The Great Balloon Hoax

No, I am not talking about that family who pretended their little boy was caught in a homemade balloon to get a reality show.  This was perpetrated by none other than the great author, Edgar Allan Poe.  (For more on him, please see this post:  http://www.historynaked.com/edgar-allan-poe-mystery-even-death/ ) Poe brought the New York Sun and exciting […]

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Fight against “Yellow Jack”

In the early 19th century, the scourge of Yellow Fever was prevalent in the southern United States. It had originally come over from Africa with the slave trade.  They called it “Yellow Jack” and it was relentless.  The death toll was huge as outbreaks happened in the south and people fled north.  Trains full of […]

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The Straw Hat Riots of 1922

People take their clothes very seriously.  Ask any teenager trying to decide what to wear in the morning.  We devote magazines to what to wear and more importantly what not wear.  We make jokes about the fashion police.  However, those involved in the Straw Hat Riots of 1922 took it to extremes. There was a […]

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Edith Wilson and the Secret Presidency

Woodrow Wilson was tired.   He had been negotiating the Treaty of Versailles, planning for the League of Nations, campaigning for the US inclusion into said League of Nations and planned a speaking tour of the United States in support of this effort.  He had suffered from a terrible bout with influenza in April 1919, and […]

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