The Big Dream of Edward S. Curtis

Edward S. Curtis, an early professional photographer, created a large body of work featuring Native American subjects during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Curtis was more than just a photographer, he called himself an ethnologist and a “true friend” to Native Americans. Today, he’s often referred to as a photographer and anthropologist. Curtis was […]

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A Cruel Murder, Part 1

This is a 2-part post about a very famous case. This is a little outside the time period Old Spirituals usually covers, but it’s a fascinating story that has a little star power: 15 years after the case ended, the wonderful actress Barbara Stanwyck starred in a film called Double Indemnity, which is based loosely […]

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A Cruel Murder, Part 2

Continued from Part I The next morning, Ruth managed to awaken her daughter, who had slept through everything and told her to go next door for help. When the police arrived, they quickly realized the scene was staged. First, they found some of Ruth’s “stolen” jewelry hidden under a mattress. Then, they interviewed little Lorraine, […]

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