1874 Mitchell World Atlas – New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware

 

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From the 1874 Mitchell Atlas of the World. This hand-colored plate shows the states of New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware in very fine detail.

For the first two thirds of the 20th century, Camden, New Jersey was home to two phonograph and phonograph recording companies, one being RCA Victor, which was the world's largest manufacturer of these products. RCA Victor contained one of the first commercial recording studios in the nation. Enrico Caruso, an acclaimed Italian tenor, was one of the first to record there. For two years during the 1940s, the company was seriously impacted by the recording ban placed by the American Federation of Musicians. Nearly all union musicians were unable to record. After that, the recording studio continued into modern times, acquiring artists such as Latin Pop sensation Shakira, Christina Aguilera, and the Dave Matthews Band.

In Maryland, a series of Baltimore riots in 1856 proved to be the worst Know-Nothing rampaging of their era. The Know Nothing movement was an American political movement that promised to purify the nation's politics by limiting or ending immigrant influence. During the 1850s, street tensions escalated as neighborhood gangs became more involved in party politics. Know Nothing Mayor Samuel Hinks accurately predicted the violence that occurred during the October municipal election. Several killings and injuries occurred throughout the month, while violence escalated further during the November presidential election. The partisans involved were extremely well-known fighting men with strong connections to street violence. Much of the violence was well-organized and planned, as opposed to being purely spontaneous. Know-Nothing candidate Thomas Swann was elected Mayor of Baltimore during the violence and a heavily disputed ballot.

Archival reproduction print from high resolution scan. 12" x 15"

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