Category Archive: American history

The Yellow Slave Trade

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Recently, a human trafficking operation was exposed in Florida, in which young Chinese girls were imported under the guise of finding legitimate employment and then made to perform sexual acts from the cover… Continue reading

Party with Your Boots On!!

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  I am going to break into my series on American castles to share a taste of true Texas heritage and tradition. As the saying goes, I was not born in Texas, but I got… Continue reading

The Bishop’s Palace: the American Castle that Survived a Killer

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At 1402 Broadway on Texas’s Galveston Island sits a castle that the American Institute of Architects has cited as among America’s 100 most important buildings. In addition to its ornate Victorian exterior replete… Continue reading

Nottoway Plantation: Spirits of the White Castle on the Mississippi

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53,000 sq. ft., 64 rooms, 7 stairways, 22 massive exterior columns, 12 hand-carved marble fireplaces, 15 1/2 foot ceilings, 5 galleries, and double front entry steps with a boot scraper indicating the gentlemen’s… Continue reading

The First Christmas Card

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Love them or hate them, it’s time to send and receive Christmas cards. Which makes me wonder–how did this practice ever come about anyway? The postal service was not used by ordinary folks… Continue reading

Bacon’s Castle: America’s Oldest Brick Residence and the Ghosts that Haunt It

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What a difference a few decades can make. When colonists arrived at the site that would become Jamestown, Virginia, they encountered a pristine wilderness. By 1665, the colony would boast its own castle.… Continue reading

Whitehall: a Castle Built for a Trophy Bride

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Henry Flagler is an icon of late 19th and early 20th century Florida history. A county, a beach, streets, buildings, museums, businesses, bridges, and a college all bear his name. As a Gilded… Continue reading

Biddy Mason, Real Estate Tycoon

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I often prowl around on elusive websites searching for women of character upon which to build my heroines. While I was searching for great ladies in the wild west who were not school… Continue reading

The Federation of Woman’s Exchanges

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I love it when history smacks you in the face unexpectedly when you turn the corner. I expected to glean some historical significance last week when I visited one of the oldest log… Continue reading

America’s First Balloon Flight

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This week would not be complete without paying homage to the first American to attempt air flight by flying in a balloon. On September 8, 1830 Charles Durant did exactly that. He flew… Continue reading