a hurrah! for years ending in 7
John Adams takes the oath as U. S. president number two; a newspaper becomes American children’s periodical number two; and two become one as lovers triumph.
Robert Fulton’s paddle steamer navigates the Hudson River and a meteor turns night to day as it breaks up over Connecticut.
James Monroe is inaugurated as president (number 5); Mississippi becomes a state (number 20); and the Erie Canal is begun, so we’ll always know our neighbor, we’ll always know our pal.
Samuel Griswold Goodrich creates the first brand name in American history
and changes the course of American children’s books; and Nathaniel Willis founds a children’s paper that lasts over 100 years.
Martin Van Buren takes the oath as president number eight; the nation’s second financial panic strikes; the U. S. and Canada start arguing about the border; and Nathaniel Southard founds an anti-slavery paper.
- Selections from The Pearl; or, Affection’s Gift
- “The Aurora Borealis,” by “Francis” (Youth’s Magazine [Cincinnati, Ohio]; April 14)
- “Interview of the Blind with the Deaf and Dumb” (Youth’s Magazine [Cincinnati, Ohio]; April 14)
- “Reading is Not Thinking” (Youth’s Magazine [Cincinnati, Ohio]; May 26)
- “Reading for Young Ladies” (Youth’s Magazine [Cincinnati, Ohio]; July 7)
- “Do Your Duty to Your Brothers and Sisters,” by Lydia Sigourney (Youth’s Magazine [Cincinnati, Ohio]; July 7)
- “War and Glory,” by Samuel Johnson (Youth’s Magazine [Cincinnati, Ohio]; July 7)
- “The Beautiful Slave” (Youth’s Magazine [Cincinnati, Ohio]; September)
- “The Noble Negro,” by Hannah More (Youth’s Magazine [Cincinnati, Ohio]; September)
- “Exemplary” (Youth’s Magazine [Cincinnati, Ohio]; October)
Salt Lake City is founded (eventually becoming what one researcher called “Disneyland for genealogists”); the Youth’s Companion
works hard to shape the upcoming generation;
and six children’s periodicals are founded (only one will last beyond four years).
In a busy year, Cyrus W. Field’s company begins to connect the world by starting to lay the first telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean;
James Edward Allen Gibbs releases women from never-ending toil by perfecting the first practial sewing machine;
financial panic brings the world together in the cozy glow of economic failure;
and one of the ugliest aspects of American culture threatens progress, as the Dred Scott decision seeks to expand slavery
and James Buchanan is inaugurated as president number 15 and launches his successful bid to become the worst president in U. S. history (so far!) by failing to unite a disintegrating nation.
The U. S. purchases some land from Russia; Nebraska is admitted as state number 37; Charles Dickens makes tour number two of the U. S.; and Gail Hamilton celebrates a reunited nation.
Copyright 2017, Pat Pflieger