Civil War

Three chapters of Rutherfurd's New York cover the Civil War from different perspectives. The 'Lincoln' chapter deals with Lincoln's famous address at what was then called the Cooper Institute (Cooper Union), that outlined the case for the Union in 1860. In 'The Draft', we learn of the city's brief threat to secede from the Union in 1861 - for New York's business was closely tied to the South - and witness the terrible Draft Riots of 1863. In 'Moonlight Sonata' we learn the reactions of the fictional Theodore Keller, a photographer, to what he saw as he covered the tragic conflict.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Potatoes were made illegal in France for 24 years ! The French became convinced that the South American vegetable could cause a whole host of diseases, including leprosy, so in 1748, the cultivation and consumption of potatoes was strictly outlawed. It wasn’t until an imprisoned medical army officer named Antoine Auguste Parmentier survived in his prison cell subsisting solely on a diet of potatoes that acceptance of the food began to shift. After being released from prison, Parmentier went on to write a thesis about its health benefits, helping to overturn the law and re-introduce the potato to the French public in 1772. Within 20 years, potatoes became one of the most popular, and indeed, important foods in France. Even the ornamental royal gardens in Tuileres Palace in Paris - originally filled with flowers and exotic plants - were converted into potato fields.




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