Category Archive: Slavery

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

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

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

Unforeseen Consequences

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If our principles are right, why should we be cowards? Lucretia Mott Ah, but which principles. High minded reformers don’t always see eye to eye. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson may have both… Continue reading

Tar Heel Nation

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In honor of my new home, North Carolina, I decided to dig into why the state is known as the “Tar Heel” state. I had heard a story years ago, something about slaves… Continue reading

The Draft Riots of 1863

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Most of us in America are familiar with the Military Draft, which was implemented in 1940 prior to the Second World War and abandoned following the Vietnam War, although men between the ages… Continue reading

The Seraglio, World of Women

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Sometimes research for a novel takes a fiction writer in unexpected directions. When a complicated plot point led me to place a character in the Ottoman Seraglio as a teacher I had to… Continue reading

Shame, Denial, and Abolition in England

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“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”                             … Continue reading