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|What other people notice about her/him|
|Significant event that molded the character’s personality|
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On the Rails
If you want to travel by rail from Manhattan to St. Louis, from Chicago to Austen in the years before the Civil War, you will find not one or two but eleven possibilities.… Read more.
Weblog Excerpt: Adapted from a weblog entry.
Little Birds is set in New Mexico territory in 1857 so I have to get these people from New York to New Mexico. That means researching
(1) early train travel — not as well documented as you would guess, unfortunately;
(2) St.… Read more.
Much of Queen of Swords takes place in New Orleans just as the was ending. This short excerpt takes place as enters the city for the first time, and alone:
This novel, set in 1858 in New Mexico Territory, serves as a bridge between the Wilderness series of novels and the first two novels of the Waverly Place series.
Callie Ballentyne is a young girl when her life is upended and she must leave the only home she knows.… Read more.
The Crowded City, Then and Now
Manhattan was a very crowded place in the 19th century.
The actress Jenny Lind arrived to perform at Castle Garden (then a performance space) on September 11, 1850. 30,000 people met her at the dock and another 20,000 lined the streets to her hotel. … Read more.
|An ambulance service is connected with the New York, Roosevelt, and Bellevue Hospitals. The ambulance is used in nearly all cases of street accidents, some cases of disease, and many cases of violent inebriety. It can be summoned by telegraph from any police station, or from any alarm box of the Fire Department, by tapping the Morse key twenty times and sounding the box number.|