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A picture of the mormon family. Man has two wives. Interesting because the picture still depicts the husband having two wives, demonstrating a continued perception of the prevalence of the practice of polygamy in the mormon culture, even decades…

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In this book, Beryl Satter, daughter of Albert and Sallie Bolton, describes her parents' struggle to purchase a home in Chicago. Since FHA policies made it practically impossible for African Americans to secure mortgage insurance , many families…

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Page from an earlier edition of the Blue Books listing prostitutes by the ethnicity of Jewish

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In this newspaper article from an unknown source, Bishop Turner writes in graphic detail about the beating and stabbing of AME Deacon Robert Alexander. The crime was committed by a group of white men who were enraged by the AME's efforts to open a…

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This article is a contemporary reflection on vaudeville; if it were published in a paper today it would probably be categorized as an editorial. The writer celebrates vaudeville as a form of family entertainment, and it fit into my discussion of the…

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This editorial describes the famous Dr. Harvey W. Wiley and his influence on the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act. Commissioned by Congress to prove that food preservatives were detrimental to the human body in 1902, Dr. Wiley tested a group of…

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This photograph shows the reality of children living in the alley community of Washington, DC

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This is a photograph that displays a typical alley dwelling in Washington, DC. It shows the housing inhabited by poor and working class African Americans of the time.

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Caroline Caffin's 1914 non-fiction book is one of the best primary sources available for the study of vaudeville. She writes about the main aspects of theater, including details on specific performers. Clearly, Caffin writes from a standpoint of…

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This book suggests possible answers to the issue of pauper and vagrant children in America. It addresses the poor lifestyle which these children generally tend to lead, and its main solution to this problem is a greater Christian influence in the…
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