By Michael Paterson
The Victorian period has ruled the preferred mind's eye like no different interval, however the familiarity with later 19th-century tales and historical past has a tendency to offer us a distorted view. utilizing personality photographs and key occasions, Paterson brings the realm of Victorian Britain alive, from the existence of the aristocrats to the depths of the London slums.
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The governor had signed him over to the colonel," remembered Bynum's wife. "A little old dried-up colored fellow. The governor knew the colonel, and he let him have him. " In The Bottom, in Nigger Town, people said the colonel once had his own slave. In The Bottom, there were people who were convinced that God would one day punish Texas City for some things in its past. There were people who thought God was an avenger. Now, AS CEARY JOHNSON and his men linger at the north slip, two determined-looking Company men are in conference under the spreading haze: There is the president of The Company, Mike Mikeska, whose voice sounds like rusty nails rattling in a can; there is his cigar-puffing, fedora-wearing vice president, Walter "Swede" Sandberg.
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He'll either delay the vote or have the whole goddamn thing thrown the hell out. Mikeska meets regularly with the refinery representatives; he meets with them whenever they summon him. H e is the intermediary, the ambassador, between Texas City and the national oil and petrochemical companies. The colonel had promoted Mikeska through the ranks, grooming him as his eventual replacement. And the eager Mikeska watched as Moore relentlessly sold Texas City as a place where business and the military could damn well do anything they wanted.
A Brief History of Life in Victorian Britain: A Social History of Life in Queen Victoria's Reign from the Court to the Slums by Michael Paterson