History Detectives: Andrew Jacksons' Mouth, Barton Letter, Spybook on WXXI-TV

History Detectives: Andrew Jacksons' Mouth, Barton Letter, Spybook on WXXI-TV

Mon, 07/12/2010 - 9:00pm

Pictured: Host Elyse reunites the face of an Andrew Jackson statue with its mouth.

Credit: Stephanie Berger

The reunification of two halves of a vandalized sculpture of President Andrew Jackson? The History Detectives find out.

America's top gumshoes leave no stone unturned as they travel around the country to explore the stories behind local folklore, prominent figures and family legends. In this History Detectives episode, Andrew Jacksons' Mouth, Barton Letter, Spybook, airing Monday, July 12 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11), host Elyse Luray discovers that vandals chopped the bust of President Andrew Jackson off the frigate USS Constitution more than 150 years ago. Then, in “Barton Letter,” Eduardo Pagán traces a letter from Clara Barton to Burnt Cabins, Pennsylvania. Why did the Red Cross founder write this letter about a Civil War soldier? Finally, in the segment “Spybook,” Gwen Wright tracesa notebook’s history back to anarchist Emma Goldman. Did the notebook once belong to a World War I spy?

History Detectives crisscrosses the country, delving into legends, folklore and personal histories to discover potentially extraordinary objects in everyday American homes, cities and small towns.Wesley Cowan, independent appraiser and auctioneer; Gwendolyn Wright, historian and professor of architecture, Columbia University; Elyse Luray, independent appraiser and expert in art history; Dr. Eduardo Pagán, professor of history and American studies at Arizona State University; and Tukufu Zuberi, professor of sociology and the director of the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania leave no stone unturned as they travel around the country to explore the stories behind local folklore, prominent figures and family legends

 

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