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This Week’s New History Highlights for March 5, 2016

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Al Marder, The Oldest Living Communist Victim of the Red Scare

Al Marder at 94 years old is a World War II veteran, president of the Amistad Committee, chairman of Connecticut’s Freedom Trail and one of the last surviving Communists persecuted during the Red Scare of the Cold War Era. Click for more.

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Edgar Allan Poe Writes A Story Based on a Boston Harbor Legend

Edgar Allan Poe based the macabre short story, The Cask of Amontillado, on a legend he heard while serving in a fort in Boston Harbor. Fifty years after he published the story, evidence surfaced that it wasn’t just a legend. Click for more.

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The Peterkin Papers – (Not So) Shocking Secrets of the Hale Family

In the Peterkin Papers, Lucretia Hale turned taking jibes at the haplessness of over-educated, citified folk into an art form. Click for more.

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Al Capp Invents Sadie Hawkins Day — Sort Of

Centuries before Al Capp started the Sadie Hawkins Day fad in his Li’l Abner comic strip, women in Scotland and Ireland asked men to marry them during Leap Years.
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Boston’s J. Wright Boott – A Tale of Orchids and Insanity

In March of 1845, J. Wright Boott wrote a letter to his old friend and business partner, John Amory Lowell; with it he enclosed his will and wrote that he planned to kill himself. ‘Please don’t think any less of me,’ he added. Click for more.

 

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