The Devil in the White City

by Erik Larson
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On Pages 121-122 of the novel Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, What historical Reference is discussed word for word? What does that Historical reference mean?

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There are a number of historical references on p. 122.  They are all references that show that the old world was passing.  There is a reference to the death of P. T. Barnum, the circus impresario.  More importantly, there is a reference to the death of General William T. Sherman. ...

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There are a number of historical references on p. 122.  They are all references that show that the old world was passing.  There is a reference to the death of P. T. Barnum, the circus impresario.  More importantly, there is a reference to the death of General William T. Sherman.  It says that “Atlanta cheered.”  This is a historical reference to the American Civil War.  In that war, Sherman was a general in the Union Army.  He is famous for having led the army that took Atlanta and devastated it.  Therefore, Larson is saying, people in Atlanta would have been happy to hear that Sherman was dead. 

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