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Life in America 1876
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By John Doerner
Webmaster's Note: This fascinating look back at what life was like in the United States in 1876 was provided by Chief Historian of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, John Doerner.
• U.S. Population: 46 million
• 38 STATES
CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION: OPENS IN FAIRMOUNT PARK, PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA ON MAY 10, 1876:
• STOLEN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: Disputed
presidential election between Democratic Governor Samuel J. Tilden of New
York, and Republican Governor Rutherford B. Hayes of Ohio. Hayes entered
the White House by only one electoral vote.
• 20 Irish Coal Miners (Molly Maguires) executed in Pennsylvania.
RAILROAD FARES: CENTRAL PACIFIC/UNION PACIFIC:
• America embarking On the Industrial Era.
• Women Suffrage: Republicans call for “respectful consideration of women”. Women in America would not be granted the right to vote until passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.
• 35,000 miles of railroad tracks throughout the continental United States interconnect America from coast to coast.
• France presents the U.S. with a gift of the Statue of Liberty. The detached arm and torch of Lady Liberty arrives first and is publicly displayed at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
• Tanned Buffalo Robes and Carriage Robes sell in the eastern U.S. for $7.00 - $20.00.
• The Great Centennial Show put on in New York City by P.T. Barnum.
• McCORMICK HARVESTER AND WIRE BINDER OF 1876 SHORTENS PROCESS OF GRAIN HARVESTING IN FARMING, MAKING LARGE SCALE FARMING POSSIBLE.
• August 1st: James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok murdered by Jack Mc Call while playing poker at the Number 10 Saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory.
• September 7th: Jesse James Gang Robs Bank at Northfield, Minnesota.
• January 18th: Commissioner of Indian
Affairs in response to army pressure, imposes an embargo on the sale of
arms and ammunition to Sioux.
• “January 31st: U.S. Government ultimatum deadline passes without result. Many refuse to move their camp in the dead of winter. Others took the ultimatum with disdain and had no intention of giving up their homeland, or nomadic way of life.
SOLDIERS FALLING INTO CAMP:
POVERTY IN AMERICA:
BASEBALL: Becoming one of America’s most
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