Nineteenth Century Life Story Briefs

What made the 19th century an interesting but tumultuous time? What technological, cultural and social changes influenced life then? Explore those issues in this story collection.

Huck Finn has a father who beats him.

In a little-known part of American history, African-American cowboys made-up nearly 25% of all Texas cowboys after the end of the U.S. Civil War.

During America's Civil War, slaves would sometimes approach Union lines for help. This illustration, by Edward Forbes (1839-1895), depicts such an eve...

On August 16, 1896 prospectors find gold in Alaska. The Trump fortune got its start as a result.

An Irish peasant family is treated horrifically when the family members not only lose their home but see it destroyed.

Techniques the Ancient Hawaiians used to catch their fish with the materials they had.

This gives you various information about the native Hawaiians dance and music.

"Annabel Lee" is one of Edgar Allan Poe's most-famous poems. Was it autobiographical?

By circa 1849, when James Pollard created his "Approach to Christmas," people in England were using trees for decoration purposes.

In 1885, the Russian Tsar decided to give his wife a surprise Easter present. Inside the beautiful Easter egg were even more surprises. It led to an I...

Bass Reeves was one of 200 Deputy U.S. Marshals appointed to help Judge Isaac C. Parker.

French and British troops battled over Egypt.

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