Immigrant Pictures of New York

A journalist named Jacob Riis was appalled when he saw the living conditions of immigrants in New York in the late 1800’s.  He believed that something had to be done so he started to take pictures of the living situations of immigrants.  Riis became a Social Reformer and took many pictures of immigrants in hopes that people would see the pictures and want to change things for the better.

Fast forward to today.  Fred R. Conrad, a photographer, was interested in the photos that Riis took and wanted to recreate them.  By using a 1950 plate camera to replicate the photos taken in the 1800s, Conrad hired actors to portray the immigrants in similar situations.

Want to see the pictures he took?  Click here to see the slideshow!


Lewis Hine’s Photos on Child Labor

Thanks to a man named Lewis Hine, laws were created to protect children from child labor.  There is an exhibition showcasing Hines work titled “Our Strength is Our People”, it is at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York.  The show will run until December 31, 2017.  Check out the link below to watch a short video and see some of the photographs taken by Lewis Hine.

10,000 Confederates Move to Brazil After the War

Found a very interesting article about Confederate soldiers who were so upset that they lost the Civil War and therefore could not longer buy and sell slaves that they left the United States and headed to Brazil.  There, even today, is a small enclave of English speaking, white, farmers that grow sugar, cotton, watermelon, and other crops brought from the South.  Check out the article here!

Booth Did Not Work Alone!

Photo from Washington Post


John Wilkes Booth killed Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865.  But Booth’s original plan was not to kill Lincoln but to kidnap him.  Booth had many co-conspirators.  One was named John Harrison Surratt, he had been a Confederate spy.

After Lincoln was killed Surratt escaped with his life and went on the run for over two years traveling all over the world, even to Egypt.  Read the interesting story of the wild escape of John Surratt here!

The Confederate White House

The White House of the Confederacy where Jefferson Davis resided between August 1861 and April 1865, photographed circa 1933. (Library of Congress)

It makes sense.  If the Union had a White House, why shouldn’t the Confederacy?  The photo above shows the Confederate White House located in Richmond, Virginia where Confederate President Jefferson Davis lived from 1861-1865.  The Confederate White House was located only 90 miles away from the United States’ White House.

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The Confederacy had its own White House—two, actually