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This is the story of my father, Angelo Speziale, a very ordinary and unremarkable man. Born into poverty in Sicily; transported across the Atlantic as a young boy in the steerage of a freighter;... More > raised in childhood and youth as a coal miner in central Pennsylvania's impoverished Appalachia; never reaching beyond 4th grade in formal schooling; resettling in small-town Rochester, NY in a modest, crowded household; working on his feet as an hourly wage-earner for the same company for 46 years; never taking home more than $6000 a year; passing away at the early age of 66 just a year after his retirement, without ever fully enjoying the frits of his labor. Such was the life of Angelo Speziale, a very ordinary and unremarkable man. And yet, in his very unremarkability, he was truly remarkable. He never enjoyed much luxury but led a frugal, thrifty existence. Instead, he managed to save what he could, paying off the mortgage on his modest home and giving his children an education and lifestyle he never had.< Less
Frederick Douglass in Galt By David Menary
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Before the American Civil War, and almost a decade before Confederation, abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass visited Galt (present-day Cambridge, Ontario), Canada West. It was... More > mid-December 1857, and he lectured about "The Brotherhood of Nations." Douglass was a familiar figure on the lecture circuit, having helped many fugitive slaves flee to Canada through the Underground Railroad. Although Douglass had been a close associate of radical abolitionist John Brown, he also developed a friendship with President Abraham Lincoln that lasted until Lincoln's assassination by John Wilkes Booth. The lecture series that winter in Galt included other well-known speakers, but all other speeches were free to the residents of the town, except for the Douglass lecture, for which there was a 12-and-a-half cent admission charge. Proceeds helped defray travel costs for Douglass, and fund his anti-slavery newspaper in Rochester, N.Y. When he died in 1895, he was one of the best-known men in America.< Less

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