Monthly Archives: May 2011

Smallpox epidemic hits Middlesboro, KY

Smallpox Patients at Middlesboro, Ky., Without Food Since Saturday. Federal Authorities May Act. NY Times, March 14, 1898. MIDDLESBORO, Ky., March 14—Surgeon Wertenbaker of the United States Marine Hospital Service investigated the situation here to-day, and in a report to Washington states that there are forty cases of variola, twenty-nine suspects in the pesthouse, and […]

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The workload was a killer, the heat intense

“I came from the Georges Creek coal-mining region of western Maryland. Every male member of my family began his working life as a miner. I remember my father being on a number of bitter strikes because the fight over wages and safe working conditions was an every-day struggle. “I graduated from high school in 1930 […]

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The thirty-sixth state is won!

By the spring of 1920, 35 states had ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, which would give women the right to vote. Thirty six states were required to ratify the Amendment in order for it to formally become part of the Constitution, and so all national suffrage effort that summer became intensely concentrated on winning the 36th […]

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