History Detectives: Cola Cards, Vicksburg Map, Bread & Roses Strike

History Detectives: Cola Cards, Vicksburg Map, Bread & Roses Strike

Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 p.m.

A contributor in Parkersburg, West Virginia, owns what seems to be an extraordinary piece of memorabilia: a pocket-sized card, dated 1886, depicting an image of a female model and imprinted with a rhyming verse that begins, "One very sultry, summer day/Through Atlanta, toiled on his way/A lawyer, overcome with heat,/His lips could only just repeat,/Coco-Cola ..." Could this card be a unique piece of early Coca-Cola advertising?

Then, a resident of Tucson, Arizona, owns a map that he believes is connected to the Civil War siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi. His great-grandfather commanded several batteries in this pivotal 1863 battle, and this document has been in the family ever since. The sleuths head to Mississippi and Washington, DC, to dig up details of this key Civil War battle.

Finally, a Massachusetts contributor owns a billy club with the words "Lawrence Strike" and the date 12/1/1912 cut crudely into the side. He's curious about the significance of these markings. In January 1912, tens of thousands of immigrant women, men and children led the Bread and Roses strike at a textile factory in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The show travels to Massachusetts to investigate.

Pictured, left to right: Wes Cowan, Gwen Wright, Tukufu Zuberi, Elyse Luray, Eduardo Pagan.