mardi, avril 20, 2010

Facts of our Fathers

Here are a few more interesting bits from the book One-Night Stands with American History...

  • The nineteeenth adment in 1920 gave women the right to vote -- yet women in about a dozen states had been able to vote already. Men and women with more than 50 pounds had the right to vote in NJ as early as 1776. This was taken away by the legislature in NJ in 1807
  • The issue didn't come to a vote again until a Republican governor signed a suffrage bill in Wyoming, a bill Democrats apparently passed but hoped he'd veto in 1869.
  • You have perhaps heard of the Montgomery-
  • Ward catalogue of the late 19th century -- which had some incredible wares. Several men tried to order a wife -- would they have paid the postage due?
  • And here's a quip from American humorist H.L. Mencken: Say what you like about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.

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