Tag: Virginia

  • My Bargain Friday AND Bonanza Saturday

    My Bargain Friday AND Bonanza Saturday

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    A collector arrives a day early for the Old Dominion Postcard Show. So she browses the local used bookstore and comes across a coverless and battered copy of Alfred Tennyson’s Locksley Hall, for which she pays $2 plus tax. She reads it through and, next day at the show, finds the perfect postcard to illustrate…

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  • Fort Pickett

    Fort Pickett

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    An uncertain spokesman once said to George Pickett that the “Old Man” (Robert E. Lee) gave him immortality. That rather dubious “gift” came by way of having his name associated with a battlefield calamity at Gettysburg that came to be known as Pickett’s Charge.

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Duane Stabler

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America’s welcome mat at Ellis Island in New York was for refugees — from hunger, political unrest, or poverty. While before 1890 the states controlled immigration, in 1890 the federal government took control through the Departments of Commerce, Labor, and (in 1940) Justice. Ellis Island wasn’t the only federal immigration center, but it was the first. Its history is complex and strangely fascinating.

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