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…

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…

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…