March 4, 2013

Is Alias Soapy Smith "Unscholarly and biased?"

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n her book "That Fiend in Hell:" Soapy Smith in Legend author Cathy Spude states that I, in my book Alias Soapy Smith: The Life and Death of a Scoundrel, over-emphasized Soapy Smith's good works and under-emphasized his bad behavior. Although she does have a right to her opinion I worked too hard and long to be so quickly dismissed as "unscholarly and biased." See the scholarly way I defend my work on the blog That Fiend in Hell: A comprehensive study.

"The truth is still the truth even if no one believes it.
Error is still error even if everyone believes it."
—Archbishop Fulton Sheen


1634: Samuel Cole opens the first tavern in Boston, Massachusetts.
1681: England's King Charles II grants a charter to William Penn for an area that later becomes the state of Pennsylvania.
1766: The British Parliament repeals the Stamp Act, which had caused bitter and violent opposition in the American colonies.
1778: The Continental Congress votes to ratify the Treaty of Amity and Commerce and the Treaty of Alliance. The two treaties are the first entered into by the new government.
1789: The first Congress of the United States meets in New York and declares that the Constitution is in effect.
1791: Vermont is admitted as the 14th state. It is the first addition to the original 13 American colonies turned states.
1794: The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is passed by Congress. The Amendment limits the jurisdiction of the federal courts to automatically hear cases brought against a state by citizens of another state. Later interpretations expanded this to include citizens of the state being sued, as well.
1826: The first railroad in the U.S., the Granite Railway in Quincy, Massachusetts, is chartered.
1837: Chicago, Illinois is granted a city charter.
1861: The Confederate States of America adopts the "Stars and Bars" flag.
1868: John Chisholm, trailblazer of the Chisholm Trail dies in Oklahoma before the trail is named in his honor.
1877: Emile Berliner invents the microphone.
1880: Halftone engraving is used for the first time in the Daily Graphic, published in New York City.
1881: Eliza Ballou Garfield becomes the first mother of a U.S. President to live in the executive mansion.
1881: Outlaw Billy the Kid writes and sends a letter to Governor Lew Wallace, asking for a meeting to discuss the situation in regards to the Lincoln County War, as well as a pardon for himself.
1886: The University of Wyoming in Laramie is chartered.
1902: The American Automobile Association is founded in Chicago, Illinois.
1908: The New York board of education bans the act of whipping students in school. 

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