American Highways: A Popular Account of Their Conditions and of the Means by Which They May be Bettered

Nathaniel Southgate Shaler (1841-1906) studied at Harvard College and then went on to become a professor in paleontology there. Although he was from Kentucky, he served in the Union Army as an officer during the Civil war. However, he was an apologist for slavery, and in an 1884 Atlantic Monthly article stated that slavery in the US had been “infinitely the mildest and most decent system of slavery that ever existed.” This racism influenced his own teachings. Initially a creationist, he later became a proponent of Lamarckian theories, and an espouser of Aryan supremacy.

Old Towpaths: The Story of the American Canal Era

by Alvin F. Harlow Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Alvin Fay Harlow wrote on many historical subjects, including mailing services, waybills, the telegraph, stamp collecting and education. Born in Sedalia, Missouri, he attended Franklin College in Indiana and then worked in the coal and timber business, and as a commercial artist, before being able… Continue reading Old Towpaths: The Story of the American Canal Era