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One Book, One Philadelphia:
The Story Behind The Price of a Child

The Follies of the Age, Vive La Humbug! Lithograph. (Philadelphia, 1855?)
Filibusters, water cure devotees, oppressed seamstresses, blue law enforcing police, beer drinking Germans, migrating Mormons, local militias, free love advocates, custom house crooks, the Camden Amboy Railroad derailing and the explosion of the steamship "John Stevens" are among the "follies" of Philadelphia in 1855. Included in the chaos, lower right, is Passmore Williamson rescuing Jane Johnson. [Return to text]

lithograph as captioned

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