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This is the grave of Andrew Carnegie, self-made man, steel capitalist, and terrible human who tried to buy love for his many, many sins, especially at Homestead, by building libraries around the country. Born in Scotland in 1835, Carnegie did not grow up wealthy. His father was a handloom weaver who lost work in the […]
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This is the grave of Henry Ward Beecher. Beecher was the most prominent minister in mid-19th century America. The son of Lyman Beecher, one of the most important ministers of his generation, Beecher started his ministerial career in 1837 in Indiana. He rejected his father’s neo-Puritan teachings for a doctrine that emphasized joy, pleasure, and […]
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This is the grave of Sidney Hillman. Hillman was born into a Jewish family in Lithuania in 1887. He was training to be a rabbi, but fell in with political radicals, joined the Bund, and fled Tsarist anti-radical oppression in 1906, coming to the United States. He was 19 years old. The next year, he […]
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Erik Visits an American Grave (X)

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On January 14, 2016
Underneath this rock is buried Jacob Riis. A Danish immigrant, Riis became one of the leading muckrakers of the Progressive Era, exposing the terrible conditions of immigrants and the urban poor in his extremely influential How the Other Half Lives, published in 1890. Particularly important were his photographs of children on the streets. While one […]
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