Download e-book for iPad: A People's History of the Peculiar: A Freak Show of Facts, by Nick Belardes

By Nick Belardes

Were you aware that Thomas Jefferson's grandson was once an ax assassin? Do you satisfaction understanding that a few dinosaurs have been as teeny tiny as hens? ask yourself what it's prefer to reside in Hell city on the finish of the realm? How approximately an affliction so surreal it's named after Alice in Wonderland? In A People's heritage of the strange, historian Nick Belardes has dug into the uncooked resource fabric present in old information, medical reports, and libraries across the world to discover proof, lists, definitions, and stunning details sure to supply readers with the simplest cocktail dialog subject matters for a few years to return! additionally came upon listed here are first-person interviews with those who can clarify the unexplained, from the completely complicated Mothman conspiracy to mystery superstar Wars Jedi spiritual cults and the charmingly eccentric this is because British aerospace engineers despatched teddy bears floating out into area. those real-world proof are outlandish adequate to sharpen the mind and occupy readers' minds for hours of leisure.

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Indeed, he cites many Whig writers whose funny characters were poor whites and who capitalized on the poor-white vernacular in order to belittle the "reckless spirit and childish ignorance''14 of the Jacksonian democracy. Barr, however, was a first-rate Southwestern humorist who was a committed lifelong Democrat. William R. Smith, a Whig politician who later became president of The University of Alabama, related a revealing episode. " 15 Smith was horrified at Barr's position. Barr's championing the will of the people over his own opinion puts him squarely in the camp of the Jacksonian Democrats, and makes him, in this respect, a clear exception to Lynn's thesis.

Old Charley and the President's veto.  American wit and humorAlabama.  Title. 3 8019299 ISBN 0-8173-0477-0 Page v For Pat Page vii Contents List of Illustrations ix Preface xi Introduction 1 1. Salted Him, or An Auctioneer Doing All the Bidding 12 2. Old Charley and the President's Veto 19 3. Old Charley and His Impromptu Ride 31 4. A Hand-Around Supper in Alabama 44 5. A Steamboat Captain's Love Adventure 50 6. How Tom Croghan Carved the Turkey 61 7. Spiritualism Explained 69 8. Piscatory Reflections and Reminiscences 78 9.

His academic record showed a. 99 average in 1841. He then stayed on an extra year to complete his master's degree. ) After receiving his master's degree, Barr was hired by The University of Alabama as a tutor in mathematics. W. 6 Basically Barr seems to have been caught in the middle of an intrafaculty struggle between the president, Basil Manly (later a fiery secessionist Baptist minister), and the secretary of the faculty, Frederick A. P. Barnard (eventually the distinguished president of Columbia College, now University).

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