By Scott Tribble

In October 1869, staff unearthed what looked to be a petrified ten-foot sizeable on a distant farm in upstate long island. the invention prompted a sensation, and over the following a number of months, newspapers committed day-by-day headlines to the tale and tens of hundreds of thousands of usa citizens flocked to work out the enormous on exhibition. eventually, the invention proved to be an complex hoax. nonetheless, the tale of the Cardiff massive finds many stuff approximately the USA within the post-Civil struggle years. the tale of the Cardiff large sheds mild on a sophisticated, mysterious prior.

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By trade, he was a contractor on bridges and other public works, and the Suffield-West Springfield region certainly held appeal in that regard. The Connecticut River, New England’s largest river, snakes its way southward through the area on its way to the Atlantic Ocean, while numerous tributaries abound in the vicinity of the Massachusetts-Connecticut border, including the Chicopee and what then was known as the Agawam River. The first decades of the nineteenth century spawned numerous internal improvement projects in the vicinity, including the Springfield Bridge to connect Springfield and West Springfield.

The right of deciding for ourselves . . ” Barnum made a fortune uplifting the common man at the expense of scientists. Promoting his fake Feejee Mermaid with the tagline “when doctors disagree,” the great showman called upon the public to judge the mysterious curiosity and thus succeed where men of science allegedly failed. Thousands of Americans heeded the call and paid admission fees for the right to assess his scientific curio. Even as late as 1869, distrust of scientists remained a powerful force in American society.

9 In The Giantmaker, Hull outlined the thought process that led him to dismiss the Bible and embrace a more scientific worldview: I thought of Elijah ascending to heaven drawn by a spirited span of horses; of Joshua’s great feat in commanding and compelling the sun to stand still, when Nature, as revealed by science taught that the earth revolved around the sun, and that the sun never did move . . I became a doubting Thomas about many The Giant Maker 39 things, and a firm believer that Nature and Nature’s Laws both created and developed the wonderful and phenomenal existence of everything, and produces every change that occurs in the human race, as well as the animal and vegetable kingdom; and that the world might possibly be older than six thousand years, and that it might have taken longer than six days to create it.

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