The 1856 Handbook

2007 winner of the Georgia Historical Society's Roger K. Warlick Local History Achievement Award

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See this exciting historical pageant recreating the US presidential election campaign of 1856!

The year 2006 marks the 150th anniversay ("sesquicentennial") of the creation of Haralson County, Georgia. To celebrate this anniversary, we have created this document, The 1856 Handbook, which examines many important aspects of human life, especially in the United States, during the year our county was born. While it does not pretend to be an encyclopedia of the year 1856, we hope the collection of frequently extended and/or illustrated exhibits in this handbook will help readers seriously visit a world long gone by and gain a much better understanding of how people during those times lived and thought.

Useful references:
A frame for understanding the 1850s (E Pluribus Unum project, Assumption College)
Dictionary Of Americanisms (1848)
19th century slang dictionary


Editorial remarks accompanying the 1856 historical documents within this Web site are the uncompensated contribution of R. I. Feigenblatt, who bears responsibility for them.

No man but a blockhead ever wrote,
except for money.

from Boswell's Life of Johnson