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Was Fannie Farmer a Good Cook?

When Fannie Farmer approached Little, Brown & Co., to publish her cookbook in 1896, the company made her pay for printing the first 3,000 copies. Little, Brown’s decision made Fannie Farmer rich, since she kept the copyright for the enormously ...

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Ring Them Revere Bells

It was only by accident that Paul Revere at 57 years old got into the business of casting bells. He’d had some experience with bells. As a teen-ager he signed a contract with Christ Church – Boston’s Old North Church ...

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Ezekiel Straw, The Good Boss

Ezekiel Straw, born on Dec. 30, 1819, in Salisbury, N.H., 194 years ago, was an unusual mill agent – unusual in a good way. He was popular with the workers. Straw’s family moved to Lowell, Mass., when he was a ...

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Paul Cuffe and the Back-to-Africa Movement

The Back-to-Africa movement began with a wealthy mixed-race Quaker named Paul Cuffe, who brought African-American Bostonians to a Sierra Leone colony in 1815, two years before the American Colonization Society was founded. Paul Cuffe led an extraordinary life. He was ...

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The Parker Brothers of Salem, Mass.

Search any New England attic and you're likely to find a version of Parker Brothers' Monopoly. The beloved board game can trace its existence to 1883, when 16-year-old George Parker decided to liven up a dull game called Everlasting. Everlasting was ...

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The 1912 Willimantic Textile Workers Strike

In the spring of 1912, Connecticut newspapers were filled with accounts of the successful Bread and Roses textile workers strike in Lawrence, Mass. Thousands of textile workers, mostly immigrant women and children, had gone out on a two-month strike against ...

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