Happy New Year! Just a few more days until I start blogging daily again. Here are some Friday articles you might have missed last year. For your re-consideration:
Feisty Females (and Fellows): Ellen and William Craft – Ellen Craft was the light-skinned daughter of her slave mother Maria and slave owner Colonel James Smith. Ellen met William Craft and married him in 1846, although not allowed to live together. This is the story of how they decided to take flight to the North in 1848, under the guise of Ellen posing as a white man and William as the servant. It was a harrowing journey and they eventually left the United States for a time to avoid being sent back to the South. An inspiring story.
These early American “feisty females” are worthy of a second look: Mercy Otis Warren – an activist in the cause of liberty; Nancy Morgan Hart (War Woman) – a legendary patriot and spy during the Revolutionary War, expert with a gun (although cross-eyed); her life story inspired a group of women during the Civil War — they called themselves the “Nancy Harts”. One more worth a second look, although it did pretty well the first time around: Patience Wright – she was a well-known sculptress (with some “interesting techniques”) who later went abroad to England, regularly corresponded with Benjamin Franklin and his sister Jane Franklin Mecom (read about Jane’s fascinating story in this book review). Patience was an and eccentric and fascinating character.
A couple of Feudin’ and Fightin’ Friday articles of interest are: The Great Hopewell Frog War – this wasn’t about amphibious creatures, but rather a story over a piece of rail line which was disputed; interesting story — you’ll have to read it to find out what a “frog” is. They called it the Hay Meadow Massacre, but it was really the result of a county seat war (there were many of these in the late nineteenth century) and a dispute over a piece of land called the “Neutral Strip” which is now part of Oklahoma.
Do check out the last Far-Out Friday article I wrote recently, “Honeymoon in the Cornfield“, the story of an eighty year-old woman who married a teenager. It will put a smile on your face, I guarantee it. Two recent articles were reflective of two “Victorian things” – “Memento Mori” and “Hair Gone Wild” — interesting history of some cultural practices that seemed to have faded as the Victorian era passed. One more you might want to check out: Far-Out Friday: June 13, 1920 (You Can’t Mail Kiddies). This was a fun article to write. After the U.S. postal system was established in 1913, people were so excited about the prospect of sending packages across the country that some decided to try mailing children. It took seven years (that’s definitely a “government thing”) to have the practice banned — interesting early twentieth century history.
The new blog design is underway and soon Diggin’ History will have it’s own domain name (and add the “g” back on – Digging History). Look for details in a few weeks.
Have a GREAT day . . . someday it will be HISTORY!
© Sharon Hall (Digging History), 2015.