Category Archive: American history

Contagion Plagues the Capital

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A mysterious illness struck the country, entering through the ports from abroad, and people died in huge numbers. It attacked the nation’s capital first. The federal government was completely unprepared for the mass… Continue reading

Secret Agents in Hoop Skirts

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This post originally appeared in September, 2017, and has been updated.  As March is Women’s History Month, it’s a perfect time to revisit the role so many women played in the Civil War.… Continue reading

Katherine Johnson’s Remarkable Life

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As this year’s celebration of Black History Month comes to a close, it’s only fitting we at History Imagined commemorate the life of a true member of Black History. Katherine Johnson died this… Continue reading

The Revolutionary War and the Quakers

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As I rub imaginary elbows with the men and women who fought the Revolutionary War, I am constantly amazed at the variety of people who joined in the conflict. They were ordinary every-day… Continue reading

History of Christmas Postcards

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When I sat down last week to take care of the most time-consuming and expensive of all my Christmas projects–that of preparing Christmas cards–I wondered how this dying art form got its start.… Continue reading

The First Thanksgiving

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As the days grow shorter and colder and the leaves fall from the trees, it’s time to celebrate the holidays. Thanksgiving has always been my family’s favorite holiday, beating out Christmas by a… Continue reading

Naming Rights and the First Governor of New Jersey

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The source of place names always fascinates me. We are at the shore this week, enjoying Cape May Point with family. It has me wondering about the name of the place. Who was… Continue reading

The Swamp Fox: Hero of the Revolution

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One of my writing passions is taking those tantalizing footnotes of history and weaving stories around them. Celebrating Independence Day got me thinking about heroes and reminded me that there are some who… Continue reading

George Washington’s Tent

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History is made up of people, places, events—and objects. Among the latter Washington’s Marquee (his campaign tent) stands out, if only for its arc of American history. I first saw the tent at… Continue reading

Battery 223 and a Day at the Beach

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One of the joys of moving east is how close we are to the coast. When I discovered I could lunch at Cape May and enjoy a day at the shore and still… Continue reading