By Stuart Lutz
Once we examine recognized old occasions, we may well ask yourself in regards to the firsthand stories of the folk at once concerned. What insights might be won if lets consult somebody who remembered the Civil struggle, or the conflict to win the vote for ladies, or Thomas Edison's struggles to create the 1st electrical gentle bulb? Amazingly, a lot of those stories are nonetheless preserved in dwelling reminiscence by way of the ultimate survivors of vital, world-changing occasions. ancient record professional Stuart Lutz documents the tales advised to him for my part by means of those that witnessed lots of history's most renowned events. �Read more...
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Matilda died in 1 929, and Cantrell later appeared in the 1 930 census, listed as a widower in Baxter County, Arkansas. At the time of our meeting, Mrs. Hopkins is eighty-nine and still living alone in a cozy, well-maintained white house on a corner lot in Lexa; she lives hundreds of miles from the most famous Civil War battlefields, such as Shiloh, Antietam, and Gettysburg. Three flags are arranged on her coffee table: the Arkansas state flag, the United States flag, and the Stars and Bars. Mrs.
Now, as for William Martin, the Confederate veteran, he had already been married twice before. And it was now 1927, the middle of some pretty bad times down here. Young Alberta met Mr. Martin while talking over a fence. He was coming back from the local store where he and a bunch of other fellows played dominoes. Now, you have to understand something. It wasn't love quite like what we see in Hollywood. It was more out of economic necessity. She had a young child, and he had a desirable pension.
One year, the reenactment showed the selection of the jury, and Mr. Brewer met the young actor who played Tommy Brewer. Dayton's civic leaders, who welcomed the economic boost the trial would bring, could not have imagined that the effects of the trial would continue into the twenty-first century. Reflecting on the relevance of the Scopes trial in his life, he casually states, " It really makes me feel good, but it's not that important. " Thomas Brewer died on August 1 6 , 2003, at age eighty-two.
The last leaf : voices of history's last-known survivors by Stuart Lutz