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History of Science, cont. Ben Franklin, part II

In 1747 Franklin made what is generally considered his chief contribution to science. One of his correspondents, Collinson (a Fellow of the Royal Society and a botanist interested in useful plants, through whom the vine was introduced into Virginia), had sent to the Library Company at Philadelphia one of the recently invented Leyden jars with […]

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History of Science, Part II

from An Introduction to the History of Science, by Walter Libby, available free at Gutenberg: Dr. Wilkins, the brother-in-law of Cromwell, who is regarded by some as the founder of the Royal Society, removed to Oxford, as Warden of Wadham, in 1649. Here he held meetings and conducted experiments in conjunction with Wallis, Goddard, Petty, […]

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Our Little Citizens- Primary Education Article, January, 1920 Part 2

Part One was ever so very long ago (almost a year): From Primary Education, January 1920   Plain Living and High Thinking Let us return to this slogan of the good old Americans. No nation was ever more prosperous than this. If the truth were told about the High Cost of Living, it would be […]

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REadings in history: Black Voters, Bus Segregation Laws

  http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6331/, an article by T. H. White.  From the intro: “Journalist Theodore H. White received widespread acclaim for his “The Making of the President” series that analyzed election campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s. As White points out in the following Collier’s article, African-American migration to Northern cities from the South made the black […]

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Great Grandmother’s Journal, 3rd week October, 1956

Previously Tuesday, October 16 She got the rent from two of the apartments in her townhouse, 60 for one, 30 for the other. Her visiting son and daughter-in-law went to the big city to shop. She had supper for them when they came home, and they all went to her youngest son’s house for dessert. […]

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