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Shawn R. Dagle
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  • Drowning on the James
    08 Nov 2021 • 10 min read
    On a cold December day in 1802 one of the nation’s most hated newspaper publishers was attacked inside a Richmond store. Beaten over the head several times with a bludgeon - his left hand almost cripp...
  • Madison's Malaise
    05 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    President James Madison Few nominations to the Supreme Court have been more unexpected or universally ridiculed as President James Madison’s choice of Alexander Wolcott in the Winter of 1811. Like Pre...
  • American Infidel
    23 Oct 2021 • 7 min read
    Joshua Stow In January of 1820 one of the nation’s most remarkable libel cases played itself out in a New Haven courtroom. 29-year-old newspaper publisher Sherman Converse stood accused of libeling Co...
  • 'A Liar and....Perverting Rascal"
    15 Oct 2021 • 11 min read
    Dr. Benjamin Rush In the summer of 1797 the City of Philadelphia was in the grip of another yellow fever epidemic. More a than a thousand people would be killed by the time of the first frost. Promine...
  • The Remarkable Engagement of Helen Newsom Behr
    04 Oct 2021 • 11 min read
    Helen Newsom Behr’s Wedding Photograph “There is one thing that I shall not forget until I die and that is the cry of the 1,300 who went to their death,” Richard L. Beckwith told a reporter outside hi...
  • Kennedy's Not-New Frontier
    02 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    John F. Kennedy’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles in July of 1960 remains one of the most iconic ever given by a future president. Viewed on television screens a...
  • Vanished in Manhattan
    26 Sep 2021 • 8 min read
    In the Spring of 1830 the badly decomposed body of an elderly man washed in the waters off Lower Manhattan’s Cortlandt Street pier. The man had no identification - only a horn box, pocketbook, the clo...
  • The Bonfire of the Treasury Building
    18 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    The Treasury Building in Washington D.C. November 8, 1800 was unusually warm for a fall afternoon in the nation’s capital. Clerk Israel Loring had finished filing and arranging papers in the War Depar...
  • Sex in the City....Hospital
    16 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    At an Auckland hospital in New Zealand earlier this September a patient noticed a young woman disappear behind a curtain to have sex with another patient from his ward. When the incident was broached ...
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    13 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
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