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Living the Gilded Life: Wealth and Corruption

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Have you ever dreamed of acquiring staggering wealth, wealth so great that it couldn’t be spent in several lifetimes no matter how extravagant one might be? America has certainly produced its share of… Continue reading

Living the Gilded Life: Snowbirds’ Retreat

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Unless one has been completely out of touch for the last few years, one is surely aware of the PBS phenom, Downton Abbey, written by master storyteller Julian Fellowes. The story line begins… Continue reading

Ragtime Man

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As a life-long amateur musician interested in musicology, I was surprised to see the subject of today’s post listed in the New York Times as being overlooked by history. It is hard to understand… Continue reading

The Man Who Invented Hand Washing

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Before Louis Pasteur, there was Ignaz Semmelweis (1818-1865), a Hungarian obstetrician who developed a theory that saved lives, but was ridiculed and ultimately rejected for his efforts. Born July 1, 1818 in Buda,… Continue reading

War and Pestilence: a Doctor’s Story

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In this time of medical crisis, I believe most of us have a renewed respect for our medical personnel. From the highly skilled healers to the hospital night custodians, they are laboring under… Continue reading

A Woman of Her Own Making

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As March is Women’s History Month, I have chosen to continue my series on lesser known heroes with a woman far ahead of her time and a champion of women’s rights, Mary Wollstonecraft.… Continue reading

Lift Every Voice and Sing

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By anyone’s standards, James Weldon Johnson led an extraordinary life: novelist, educator, attorney, diplomat, civil rights leader, and poet. His younger brother, John Rosamund Johnson was similarly accomplished: driving force in early 20th… Continue reading

The Japanese Schindler

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Given the history of Japanese atrocities in the 1930’s in Manchuria and during World War II in Korea, the Philippines, and other locations, it would be easy to see all Japanese of that… Continue reading

Seducing the Nazis

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In a continuation of my research into lesser-known heroes, I have come across two sisters who took a stand during the darkest time of the twentieth century. Freddie Dekker-Oversteegen and Truus Menger-Oversteegen were just young teenagers when… Continue reading

From Our Homes to Yours

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Becky, Caroline, and Linda are taking a break from writing to enjoy the holiday season with friends and family. History Imagined posts will resume on January 10. We would like to express our… Continue reading