Monday, October 14, 2019
Sunday, October 13, 2019
As a young man, Richter did odd jobs and at age 19 became the editor of the Patton (Pennsylvania) Courier. He then worked as a reporter and founded a juvenile magazine that he liquidated before moving to New Mexico in 1928.
In an era when many American writers steeped themselves in European culture, Richter was fascinated with American history, and he spent years researching frontier life. Continued
Friday, October 11, 2019
He was a member of the Kiowa tribe, born around 1820, during the height of the power of the Plains Tribes, probably along the Canadian River in the traditional winter camp grounds of his people.
One of the best known, and last, of the Kiowa War Chiefs, he developed a reputation as an outstanding warrior and in his twenties was made a sub-chief of his tribe, under Dohäsan, as Chief. He fought with him at the First Battle of Adobe Walls, and earned enduring fame for his use of an army bugle to confuse the troops in battle. Continued
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
His book The XIT Ranch of Texas and the Early Days of the Llano Estacado (1929) established him as a premier interpreter of the western range cattle industry. The book was also the subject of libel suits totaling $2.2 million, and set the tone for an often controversial career. Continued
Monday, October 7, 2019
|This mural depicting the execution of Joe Hill was on one of the walls inside the Joe Hill Hospitality House, a homeless shelter in Salt Lake City run by a social activist named Ammon Hennacy in the 1960s and '70s. Photo courtesy Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah. (Salt Lake Tribune)|
A native Swedish speaker, he learned English during the early 1900s, while working various jobs from New York to San Francisco.
Hill, an immigrant worker frequently facing unemployment and underemployment, became a popular songwriter and cartoonist for the union. His most famous songs include "The Preacher and the Slave" (in which he coined the phrase "pie in the sky"), "The Tramp", "There is Power in a Union", "The Rebel Girl", and "Casey Jones—the Union Scab", which express the harsh and combative life of itinerant workers, and call for workers to organize their efforts to improve working conditions. Continued
Saturday, October 5, 2019
|Goddard in Roswell|
... With new financial backing, Goddard eventually relocated to Roswell, New Mexico, in summer of 1930, where he worked with his team of technicians in near-isolation and relative secrecy for years. He had consulted a meteorologist as to the best area to do his work, and Roswell seemed ideal.
Here they would not endanger anyone, would not be bothered by the curious, and would experience a more moderate climate (which was also better for Goddard's health). The locals valued personal privacy, knew Goddard desired his, and when travelers asked where Goddard's facilities were located, they would likely be misdirected. Continued
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Described as the Moses of his people, Ross influenced the Indian nation through such tumultuous events as the relocation to Indian Territory and the American Civil War. Continued
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Because of its remoteness and proximity to the Mexican border, Southern New Mexico attracted a large number of outlaws; violent men who lived from the labor of others, who were quick to kill, and for whom the conventions of settled society meant little.
man who fit the mold of New Mexican outlaw, and has been largely ignored by historians and folklorists, was José Chavez y Chavez. Continued
Friday, September 27, 2019
... Ross joined the Texas Rangers in 1860, first serving as a lieutenant and later as a captain. He was empowered by Sam Houston to raise a company of men to serve in Young County and the surrounding area. He showed the same skill and courage as a Ranger captain as he had shown earlier with the army.
In December of 1860 he and his company pursued a Comanche raiding party that ended in the battle of Pease River in which Cynthia Ann Parker, who had been captured by the Comanche some 20 years earlier, was rescued. Continued
Thursday, September 26, 2019
|Texas orphans picking cotton, 1913 (Lewis Hine)|
... Hine's work for the NCLC was often dangerous. As a photographer, he was frequently threatened with violence or even death by factory police and foremen. At the time, the immorality of child labor was meant to be hidden from the public. Photography was not only prohibited but also posed a serious threat to the industry.
To gain entry to the mills, mines and factories, Hine was forced to assume many guises. At times he was a fire inspector, postcard vendor, bible salesman, or even an industrial photographer making a record of factory machinery. Continued
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
… He attended Roy High School in Roy, New Mexico, with an enrollment of around 150 students during his freshman year, where he played quarterback.
As a sophomore, he transferred to Highland High School in Albuquerque. As a senior, he averaged over 20 yards per carry in football and set the state scoring record with 157 points.
He also set the city scoring record in basketball, and won five gold medals in the state track meet (100, 220, low hurdles and 2 relays). Continued
Monday, September 23, 2019
He left the gang to return to his people. With the Chickasaw Nation, Waite served as a leading politician before his death at the age 42. He died shortly before he was to start serving as Governor of the Chickasaw. Continued
Saturday, September 21, 2019
As a vocal spokesman for the rights of Hispanics and Mexican Americans, he became a major figure of the early Chicano Movement ... Continued
Thursday, September 19, 2019
|Perhaps a member of |
Terry's Texas Rangers
The first day's action, fought in densely wooded terrain, became a classic "soldier's battle" in which generalship counted for little and the outcome was decided by fierce small-unit encounters.
Texas units in the Georgia battle included Hood's Texas Brigade, Ector's Brigade, Deshler's Brigade, and Terry's Texas Rangers. Continued