Chinese Immigrants: Their Lives in America

By Grace Cornish, June 1859 The Gold Mountain, or as we Americans call it, The United States of America. This is the destination of the many who are searching for fortune and are arriving from all around the globe, and a significant portion of these hopefuls are from China. The Chinese have ventured far from…

Trials of the Trail

by J.R. Mitchell June 28, 1844 James W. Nesmith intended to be part of the 100 person wagon train that embarked in 1842, but arrived in Independence, Missouri after the company had left. Nesmith spent the next year working as a carpenter building Fort Scott, and was ready to set out on the trail in…

Reflection

December 12, 1852 The greatest belief that all the slaves shared was religion, and faith in God. The slaves were born with no choice of life and a sense of freedom that they might be able to have. I still remember the first time I went to a slave shelter, and I thought it was…

Abolitionist: the Liberator

November 19, 1852 There is no mystery to slavery; it had been here for years in our nation. But in the South, where there was a great demand of slaves, not everyone supported slavery. Angelina and Sarah Grimké, sisters from a prominent South Carolina family, were abolitionists and women right’s activists.[1] In 1835, Angelina wrote…

The California Gold Rush and Life of the 49ers

August 22, 1850 The days have been hot and humid since I have arrived for my six month stay in the center of the Sierra Nevada Goldfields. Hard work and luck are a lot of what you see here in California. About four months ago now, I arrived in California with my notebook to tell…

The Alamo and the Independence of Texas

March 18, 1836 It has been almost 23 years since I last wrote for the Baltimore Sun, and I am honored that they have contacted me in interest of having me write another piece. There are many current affairs in Texas with regards to Mexico and the United States. I have travelled to San Antonio…

State of Indian Affairs in the West

Baltimore Sun – St. Louis, Missouri by Roman Ramsey – October 24, 1807 I had the pleasure of being able to sit down with Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark after their two year long exploration of the West with their Corps of Discovery, as ordered by Thomas Jefferson, to learn about their encounters with the…

The Journey of Lewis and Clark and the Future of the West

October 9th, 1806 Two weeks ago, I got the most recent glimpse into the future and got to meet with the two men responsible for the newest amazing journey and discovery of the West. Ever since Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark have been on a…

The Cane Ridge Revival

Cane Ridge, Kentucky, August 8th, 1801. From the journalistic report of Cyril Bennet. It was with guarded thoughts that I approached the Cane Ridge encampment yesterday. The hot August day was nearing its end, and the honest farmers of the Kentucky village would, on any usual day, soon be in their beds. Not today. Some…