THE HUNDREDTH YEAR: The United States in 1876 by John D. Bergamini

THE HUNDREDTH YEAR: The United States in 1876

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A diary of centennial events that can only be illustrated by a sampling (almost any one will do): April 15, New York--Emperor Dom Pedro of Brazil arrives in the United States; April 17, Pittsburgh--National Labor Conference endorses Greenbackism; April 24, Washington--Representative James Blaine defends himself against charges of profiting from the sale of railroad bonds; May 4, Pottsville, Pa.--the third and most sensational of the year's ""Molly Maguire"" trials begins; May 4, Chicago--lieutenant Colonel George Custer is arrested for leaving Washington without permission. The personages, organizations, and movements reappear intermittently in an attempt at a running history, but it is too packed with disparate particulars to cohere. Indeed, almost every entry triggers a capsule account of something--as when Lafcadio Hearn's newspaper report of a bungled hanging, the entry for August 26, brings us a three-page biography of Hearn. The effect is to render the significant, the accidental, and the trivial indistinguishable, and leave the year in shreds.

Pub Date: June 28th, 1976
Publisher: Putnam