Coroners, 19th century

Coroner’s inquests were very common in 1880s in New York City. Any unusual death or questionable death had to pass by the coroner (or one of his deputies or assistants) and sometimes an inquest was  empaneled.

In the case mentioned below, the coroner was Richard Croker,  a life-long politician with no medical training whatsoever.… Read more.

Almanzo Freeman***

Waiting patiently..

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African Free School***

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The Gilded Age

 Chaos

In general people speak of The Gilded Age as the period between the Civil War and the turn of the 20th century, an era that was marked by industrial and technological advancement, massive immigration, political, social and economic tumult and a growing gulf between the wealthy and the poor.… Read more.

Hannah Bonner***

 

Dates1784-
Other namesHannah Bonner, aka Hannah Scott, or Walks-Ahead by the , her mother’s people, or Walking-Woman by the Seneca, her first husband’s.  Further known as Hannah Savard after she marries a second time. As a child her Kanien’kéha  girl name was Squirrel.
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Rutger’s Female College

Rutgers University — the main campus located in New Jersey — opened a college for women on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in 1867.  The college moved to  a new building at 54-58 West  55th Street in 1882 and closed in 1895.… Read more.

Anthony Comstock

Anthony Comstock was a self-proclaimed ‘Weeder in the Garden of the Lord’ who sought to impose his understanding of law and sin on the general public.  He was employed by the government as a United States Postal Inspector. He was instrumental in the development of anti-vice laws that criminalized any use of the U.S.

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Amelie Savard***

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Charles Loring Brace

Brace was the founder of the Orphan Train movement, which grew out of his many years of working to improve the lives of homeless and destitute children. He plays only an indirect role in The Gilded Hour and Where the Light Enters.Read more.