Arnaud Texier de la Pommeraye: French soldier, American teacher – Shannon Selin

After 30 years in the French army, Bonapartist Arnaud Texier de la Pommeraye wound up scraping a living by teaching languages in Philadelphia after 1815…

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Reburial of woman in native Ireland highlights 183-year-old murder mystery | US news | The Guardian

Originally posted in The Guardian.

Catherine Burns will be buried in her native County Tyrone in Northern Ireland on Sunday, 183 years after her attempt to create a new life in the United States came to a grim end in a railroad shantytown outside Philadelphia.The identification of her remains, their return home, and the insight her story has provided into the lives of Catholic Irish immigrants who sailed to the US fleeing prejudice is the result of a remarkable history research project.That project ultimately revealed Catherine’s murder more than a century and a half after it happened. She was 29 years old and already a widow when she left home and sailed from Derry, County Derry, as one of 160 Catholic Irish immigrants bound for the US on a ship called the John Stamp. When they landed in Philadelphia, Catherine must have been hopeful. She soon found work with 57 other Irish Catholic immigrants at a railroad construction called Duffy’s Cut, 30 miles outside the city in the town of East Whiteland. But the immigrants were dead some six weeks after their arrival in 1832.For years, memory of the deaths was little more than a ghost story, and the name Duffy’s Cut had all but been forgotten. The place would be referred to as Dead Horse Hollow for many years. Newspapers at the time reported deaths along the railroad in the camp, but just eight, and all were attributed to the…

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Happy July Fourth! John Huston’s “Birthday Present” to America | Rogues & Vagabonds

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“All films are created equal. I don’t think there is such a thing as a small film. We’re not pulling any punches here. Scene for scene, everything is being done to the best of our abilities. Each scene as we make it is the best scene I’ve ever made—in my imagination.” – John Huston, on Independence

Forty years ago, director John Huston and a team of Hollywood professionals rolled into Philadelphia to make a film at Independence Hall. Forty years later, the film still screens at Independence National Historical Park, with twelve shows…

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Ancient Rome and Modern Pittsburgh | Theory Of Irony

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Proud Rome rose mightily from its humble origins. The so-called “Eternal City,” once a sad and swampy little clump of huts, had been founded according to tradition way back around 753 BC. It was established, depending upon whom you believe, by either the Greeks, the Trojans, the Etruscans or by two sociopathic orphan boys – named Romulus and Remus – and a wolf (please don’t ask). Whatever the true origin, this hamlet by all accounts grew over time into a powerful City-State and then it evolved into a sprawling Empire. So by the third century AD, mother Rome had given birth to a large brood of colonial, garrison towns speckled across Europe, places looking much like its own former self. Of course, the Empire eventually fell and these garrison towns – like abandoned children in a way – matured into Cities with familiar names like London, Paris and Bonn. And they themselves became capitals of great colonial Empires like France, Britain and Germany.

Nearly two millennia went by when a couple of these Roman orphans – Britain playing Romulus to France’s Remus – came to blows. It seems Britain had colonized places on the American coast, like Philadelphia, and an affronted France had settled further inland at sites…

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