United States and American History: 1895

About the history of the United States in 1895, the Gibson Girl pin-up, a country at peace too long, biography of Francis Schlatter, American Bowling Congress created, Red Badge of Courage published.


-American men got a new pin-up queen, the Gibson Girl, drawn by Charles Dana Gibson for major magazines.

-It had been 30 years since the U.S. had been at war and many Americans were itching for action. Theodore Roosevelt was among those who desired a war with England over a boundary dispute between Venezuela and British Guiana. But calmer heads prevailed-for a few years. In the words of William James: "It is instructive to find how near the surface in all of us the old fighting spirit lies and how slight an appeal will wake it up."

-During a 2-month stay in Denver, Colo., faith healer Francis Schlatter treated 2,000 to 3,000 persons daily. As they passed by him single file, he silently took each person's right hand and prayed softly for a few seconds. In appearance, Schlatter resembled Jesus Christ. He walked the countryside barefoot and penniless and sometimes fasted for 40 to 60 days. While in one place he would be worshiped by throngs of people, in another he would be imprisoned for vagrancy or locked up as a lunatic. He appears to have died in 1896.

Sept. 9 The American Bowling Congress was organized in Beethoven Hall, N.Y., to restore respectability to the sport and popularize it.

Oct. A 24-year-old novelist named Stephen Crane published an enduring book, The Red Badge of Courage.

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