Hoaxes, heirlooms, and poetry, are featured in the April 2005 issue of Common-place. Harvard historian Steven Biel describes how the sale of a fake document from the Salem Witch Trials illuminates the economic conditions of the great depression, the plight of World War I veterans, and regional cultural attitudes. Research librarian, Martha L. Brogan, finds her professional life merging with her personal when she inventories her late mother’s possessions. A portrait and scraps of letters eventually reveal her family’s connections to the California Gold Rush and the Civil War. While poet Robert Strong examines the Puritans’ desire to make visible the invisible spiritual connection to the divine in three poems based upon historic sources entitled “Puritan Spectacle.” In addition, Columnist Jeffrey L. Pasley returns to “Publick Occurrences” with a historians’ look at social security reform, Susan Branson follows the trail of a nineteenth-century female imposter and her biographer, and Joshua Piker reflects on his book,Okfuskee: A Creek Indian Town in Colonial America (2004). Find all this and more at Common-place (web address follows).
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