May 2008


I apologize for the downtime. I had some issues with the domain and it looks like they’ve finally been taken care of. More posts to come soon!

May 31, 2008

The Great Train Robbery

While doing research for another project of mine, I stumbled across a place in the American Memory collection from the Library of Congress where you can download the 1903 silent film, “The Great Train Robbery.” It’s a very interesting 12-minute silent film that shows how three robbers are able to rob a train and all … more »

May 22, 2008

The Homestead Act of 1862

Today marks the 146th anniversary of the signing of The Homestead Act. Like The General Mining Act of 1872, The Homestead Act of 1862 was designed to encourage people to settle the west. By the time the act was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1862, eleven southern states had already … more »

May 20, 2008

Frontier Life in Washington Territory

There is a really interesting article that I came across about life on the frontier in Washington Territory in and around 1857. The article is an old article that was published in the Harper’s Weekly journal on August 22, 1857. Here is a clip of the article: The commonly-received notion of Washington Territory makes of … more »

May 18, 2008

The Hanging Judge

“I have ever had the single aim of justice in view… ‘Do equal and exact justice,’ is my motto, and I have often said to the grand jury, ‘Permit no innocent man to be punished, but let no guilty man escape.’” Few judges in American history have such a reputation as that of Isaac Parker. … more »

May 16, 2008

Best Educational Blog

I am really excited to announce that History Rhymes has been nominated for the Best Educational Blog award! If you enjoy reading History Rhymes, click on the button below to vote for this blog. Thank you for all of your support!

May 16, 2008

Classic Westerns

One of the things that got me interested in the history of the American west are westerns. I used to watch John Wayne movies with my grandpa when I was young and since I’ve been in Germany, I’ve found that many Germans also really love westerns. They even have their own breed of the genre … more »

May 15, 2008

The General Mining Act of 1872

When gold was discovered in California in 1848, it caused a mass-migration of prospective miners to the west. Unfortunately at that time, the US government had very few mining laws, practically none of which were effective, and without a significant presence in the newly-acquired state of California, there was no good means with which to … more »

May 14, 2008

The Scofield Mine Disaster

The day of May 1, 1900 started off as any other ordinary day for the miners in Scofield, Utah. Early in the morning, the men and boys kissed their wives and mothers good-bye as they left for a hard day’s work in the mines. Later in the day was to be festivities celebrating May Day, … more »

May 11, 2008

Welcome to the New Website!

Welcome to the new location for History Rhymes! Please update your RSS subscriptions to and bookmarks to Thank you! — Alex

May 10, 2008