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“The Aurora Airship Crash of 1897”

Edited by Kenneth L. Untiedt University of North Texas Press PDF


Sometimes, the draw of a legend is simply that we wish it were true. And sometimes that wishing muddies the water so thoroughly that it’s hard to separate fact from, well, from An Enticing


But even a tale as bizarre as the Aurora Airship Crash of 1897 needs nuggets of truth to keep it alive for more than a century. The more deeply that historians and researchers dig into the story, the more evidence they unearth, both for proving the story to be a hoax, and for confirming that something very odd did happen that night.

As the story goes, the night sky of April 17, 1897, in the tiny

Wise County, Texas, town of Aurora was filled with stars and the sound of crickets. While nearby Fort Worth had a booming population of almost 25,000 residents, the tiny town of Aurora had almost ceased to exist. The town’s peak population of somewhere between 1,000 and 3,000 residents had begun to dwindle to just a handful of families after an epidemic of spotted fever, unrealized plans of a railroad through town, a boll weevil infestation, and a major fire that destroyed several buildings. The post office was about to shut down, businesses had closed doors, and people had moved on. That spring night in the tiny, barely surviving community was quiet and dark.

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CHAPTER 8 Getting Gregorio

Paul N. Spellman University of North Texas Press PDF


Getting Gregorio

NEARING HIS SEVENTIETH BIRTHDAY, ALEXANDER Gilmer stood with his hands on his hips, fists clenching, as he watched the fire consume his sawmill. The Irish born shipbuilder turned Texas lumber magnate stared in anger and disbelief at this, the fourth time his Orange County-based mill had gone up in flames. The other three times it had been accidental; this time it was deliberate. No more building here, he thought to himself. His next sawmill would be in

Lemonville a few miles away.

The Texas Rangers had arrived in Orange County a few days earlier when the race riots were determined to be beyond the control of the local authorities. In fact, it was roundly thought that local law enforcement was behind the violence. Roving gangs had controlled the countryside all summer, running off the Black families, beating up a number of them. In early August a mob had opened fire on a house, killing one of its residents and wounding several others.

Some of Company E arrived in Orange on August 18. Two days later Captain Rogers, in his first activity since the Laredo shootout and accompanied by Augie Old, arrested Jack Morris, Doug Harris, and Frank Weatherford for disturbing the peace and suspicion of involvement in the recent killing. The Rangers stayed in Orange

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3 Maternal and Child Health in Nineteenth- to Twenty-First-Century China

Bridie Andrews Indiana University Press ePub

The welfare of childbearing women and children has been a prominent concern in Chinese culture from ancient times to the present. Historically, maternal and child health was a family-directed, household-centered issue. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, however, China’s pursuit of modernization significantly changed the context and content of medical practice. For late imperial reformers, as well as the Nationalist and Communist regimes that followed the dynasty’s fall, maternal and child health became a crucial component of state building, modernization, and economic growth. While demographic data is spotty or nonexistent for the earlier part of this period, modern statistics show that individual and state initiatives have effected dramatic drops in maternal and child mortality over the past few decades. But as China today seeks to attain a standard of health care consistent with its level of economic development, it must also negotiate systemic health problems engendered by the very policies that have driven its breathtaking economic growth.

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Contemporary Latin America: AP World History

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From Ti difé boulé sou istoua Ayiti

IU Press Journals Indiana University Press ePub

Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Introduced and translated from Haitian Creole by Mariana Past and Benjamin Hebblethwaite

TI DIFÉ BOULÉ sou istoua Ayiti, or Controversial Issues in Haitian History (1977) was the first book published by Michel-Rolph Trouillot. He wrote it soon after emigrating to the United States from Haiti to escape the Duvalier dictatorship. This narrative historical account of the Haitian Revolution, from 1791 to 1803, has received little attention because it was composed in Creole, was not circulated widely, has been out of print for decades, and has never been translated. But Trouillot’s book, henceforth Ti difé boulé, is important because it shows how Haiti’s Revolution holds the clues to interpreting and critiquing the country’s more recent history. Instead of following the epic tradition glorifying revolutionary heroes, Trouillot delivers an iconoclastic critique of the European-inspired traditions of governance displayed by the rebel generals—Toussaint Louverture, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Henri Christophe, and Alexandre Pétion—while re-examining the fundamental but underappreciated contributions of the Haitian slave masses in the revolution.

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