Category Archive: colonial America

Revolutionary Men–Benjamin Edes

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Perhaps it’s my journalism background that’s behind my affinity for the role newspapers have placed since our country began in acting as the mouthpiece for the people. To me, there’s no better smell… 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

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

Finding Jamestown

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Did you know there are two Jamestowns to visit? It is a bit disconcerting when you follow the Colonial Parkway and come to signs pointing in two directions. We went straight, toward Historic… 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

History of American Crime: Gangsters on the Gold Coast, Part I

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                           Gangsters on the Gold Coast: Setting the Stage Visitors to Florida’s southern Atlantic coast understand why it is also known… Continue reading

First In Freedom

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As a new resident of a new state, I have been going through the ritual of getting a new driver’s license, voter registration, car registration and all the other obligations that come with… Continue reading

History of American Crime: the Colonial Period

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Today marks the start of a new series for me here on History Imagined. As some of you may be aware, my first published novel, Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel, features history… Continue reading

America’s First State Chartered University

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In 1784, the former thirteen British colonies, now American states, were still reveling in the wonder of having defeated the most powerful military and naval force in the world less than a year… Continue reading

The Tobacco Brides

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  A couple years ago, I wrote an article for USA Today on how 45 authors got together and wrote 50 novellas about mail order brides. The trope of mail order brides has… Continue reading