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New York Herald Newspaper

In the 1880s, the New York Herald was the most sensationalist newspaper in the city. The publisher said publicly that the function of a newspaper “is not to instruct but to startle and amuse.” The editorial board was not above whole-sale fabrication … Continue reading

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Index Map: Manhattan Districts 1883

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The Comstock Act

The Comstock Act or Law is a federal act passed by the United States Congress on March 3, 1873, as the Act for the “Suppression of Trade in, and Circulation of, Obscene Literature and Articles of Immoral Use”. The Act … Continue reading

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Smallpox

 From VisualDX.com Smallpox is a contagious and often fatal infection caused by the variola virus. It presents in 2 clinical forms: variola major smallpox (historic mortality rate: 30%) and variola minor, which produces a milder smallpox-like illness (historic mortality rate: … Continue reading

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