Here Is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History

Here Is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History

Andrew Carroll

Language: English

Pages: 355

ISBN: 0307463982

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Here Is Where chronicles Andrew Carroll’s eye-opening – and at times hilarious -- journey across America to find and explore unmarked historic sites where extraordinary moments occurred and remarkable individuals once lived. Sparking the idea for this book was Carroll’s visit to the spot where Abraham Lincoln’s son was saved by the brother of Lincoln’s assassin. Carroll wondered, How many other unmarked places are there where intriguing events have unfolded and that we walk past every day, not realizing their significance? To answer that question, Carroll ultimately trekked to every region of the country -- by car, train, plane, helicopter, bus, bike, and kayak and on foot. Among the things he learned:
*Where in North America the oldest sample of human DNA was discovered
* Where America’s deadliest maritime disaster took place, a calamity worse than the fate of the Titanic
*Which virtually unknown American scientist saved hundreds of millions of lives
*Which famous Prohibition agent was the brother of a notorious gangster
*How a 14-year-old farm boy’s brainstorm led to the creation of television
Featured prominently in Here Is Where are an abundance of firsts (from the first use of modern anesthesia to the first cremation to the first murder conviction based on forensic evidence); outrages (from riots to massacres to forced sterilizations); and breakthroughs (from the invention, inside a prison, of a revolutionary weapon; to the recovery, deep in the Alaskan tundra, of a super-virus; to the building of the rocket that made possible space travel). Here Is Where is thoroughly entertaining, but it’s also a profound reminder that the places we pass by often harbor amazing secrets and that there are countless other astonishing stories still out there, waiting to be found. 

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into chicken embryos. From this he produced the “Jeryl Lynn” mumps vaccine, which continues to be administered to this day. (There’s still no cure for the mumps, and the best “treatment” remains getting immunized and not coming down with it in the first place.) Emboldened, Hilleman began tackling one vexing disease after another—but, thankfully, without relying on his daughter to be stricken with each one. Next came measles, a virus that was killing and blinding tens of millions of children a

nearest of kin, and hometown.” Orphanages, overrun with boys and girls who’d lost both their parents, had to turn children away. Cities hit early on by the plague tried to brace other communities for what was to come. “Hunt up your wood-workers and set them to making coffins,” one distraught sanitation worker on the East Coast implored colleagues in California. “Then take your street laborers and set them to digging graves. If you do this you will not have your dead accumulating faster than you

lined with Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine, and Navy service members. This was a far cry from the days when the engrossed copy was tossed into burlap bags and carted around on rickety horse-drawn wagons. Remodeled in 2003, the National Archives Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom currently holds the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, all shielded behind bulletproof antiglare glass, framed by pure titanium and gold plating. Inside the airtight casing,

possible that they’re regular commuters well familiar with the map and its inch-long boxes, but I doubt this is true of all of them. “I hope you don’t mind my asking,” a woman says to me, “but I was just wondering what you were doing.” Far from minding, I’m happy to tell her that we’re standing right on top of a great cartographic treasure trove of historic places, and no one appears to notice. “So I was photographing them not noticing,” I say. She looks down and reacts exactly as I did,

alcohol, with strict punishments for noncompliance. Dow’s triumph garnered him national acclaim as “the Napoleon of Temperance,” due to both his diminutive stature and his domineering personality. Between 1852 and 1855, about a dozen other states adopted what became known as the Maine Law. Dow’s popularity began to falter back in Portland, however, and even he conceded in his Reminiscences that prohibition wasn’t exactly “accepted in a spasm of excitement.” Distillers, saloon keepers, liquor

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