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Local man heralds women of the French Revolution

A letter from William North Duane from the Schenectady County Historical Society’s Grems-Doolittle Library. (Bill Buell/Gazette Reporter)
A letter from William North Duane from the Schenectady County Historical Society’s Grems-Doolittle Library. (Bill Buell/Gazette Reporter)
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Victor Hugo didn’t create characters like Eponine out of thin air. There were plenty of real women who battled among the barricades of Paris during the tumultuous first half of 19th century France. In 1830, two years before the June Rebellion of 1832 highlighted in Victor Hugo’s classic novel “Les Misérables,” a Schenectady County man documented the struggle of French revolutionaries, men and women, in a letter home to his sister in November. William North ...


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