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Jim Potter is a writer of fiction and non-fiction books and blog posts. His voice is friendly, instructive, and entertaining. Join him as he explores different cultures, times, people, and points of view.

Jim Potter, Author Jim Potter

    • Arts

Jim Potter is a writer of fiction and non-fiction books and blog posts. His voice is friendly, instructive, and entertaining. Join him as he explores different cultures, times, people, and points of view.

    Researching Robert: The Asylum

    Researching Robert: The Asylum

    There’s no reason to believe that Anna was adjudged insane solely due to her lack of financial resources, but people, especially woman, were more likely to be judged a lunatic when they were poor.

    • 5 min
    Researching Robert: The Poor Farm

    Researching Robert: The Poor Farm

    Today, most people aren’t familiar with the era of poor farms. Whether they were called workhouses when located in the city, or poor farms when located in the country, they were supported at public expense. They housed paupers in their jurisdiction, usually elderly or disabled, who had no means of financial support.

    • 8 min
    Researching Robert: Inman, Kansas

    Researching Robert: Inman, Kansas

    During wet weather, streets in towns with poor drainage resembled pig pens. Dedicated shoppers accepted wet and muddy shoes, but it was detrimental to attracting customers or growing a community.

    • 4 min
    Researching Robert: Exceptional Entrepreneurship

    Researching Robert: Exceptional Entrepreneurship

    If Richard, the new immigrant, was looking for a business model for advertising shoe making, his brother was top notch, cream of the crop. Robert displayed an ongoing, original, advertising presence.

    • 4 min
    Researching Robert: The Long Honeymoon to Haven

    Researching Robert: The Long Honeymoon to Haven

    Traveling in steerage, especially if it was in the underbelly, cargo area, of the ship, meant seasickness; crowded, damp quarters; little sleep; a steady stench with limited fresh air, food, and water; but an abundance of lice and rats.

    • 9 min
    Researching Robert: I Talk to Dead People

    Researching Robert: I Talk to Dead People

    The first time I visited Richard Borchart’s grave and talked to him, I didn’t have much to say. I was upset with him for leaving his family behind.

    • 4 min

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