Becoming Scots-Irish

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For Americans whose roots are deep in Appalachian soil, having “Scotch-Irish” (more correctly, Scots-Irish) heritage is a given. Many of us were raised on stories of ancestors migrating into the mountains of Virginia,… Continue reading

Seduced by the Story

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A man who is interested in what makes people tick doesn’t write history. He writes novels .. . A man who understands about people hasn’t any yen to write history. Josephine Tey, The… Continue reading

July 4th, 1776 or September 3, 1783?

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Independence Day is upon us once again. Time for parades on Main Street where officials will pontificate atop podiums draped in patriotic bunting, picnics in the nation’s parks, topped off by a vivid display… Continue reading

Simon the Fox, another Bit of Family Lore

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Over the past months, my posts on History Imagined have revealed a good bit of family history. Although our roots are deep in American soil, I know most likely where my ancestors originated… Continue reading

Grand Celebrations: Recall, Retell, Reenact

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Great events deserve celebration. Memorials and celebrations help children and adults alike learn from the past for the benefit of the future. With that in mind, this has been a great week for… Continue reading

The Sons Of Liberty–A Band of Thugs, or The Loyal Nine?

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Due to a recent minor medical issue, I was sidelined for a few weeks. As a result, I watched a lot of television, including a marathon session of the Sons Of Liberty. If… Continue reading

A Desertion Most Personal

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One hundred fifty years ago the Confederate States of America’s brief existence came to an end after four years of bloodshed. Her people were left to wonder what would become of them, especially… Continue reading

Pizza, Pasta, Fascinating History

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What do you think of when you think of Italy? Pizza? Pasta? Roman ruins? The Sistine Chapel? Why not the Greek city of Naples or the Celtic colony of Turin? Italy presents us… Continue reading

In Observance of Memorial Day

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My most recent historical book, A Widow’s Salvation, which is due out later this year, is the first in my series to highlight the Civil War. Even then, my story is more about… Continue reading

The Confederacy’s Lost. Now What?

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Have you heard about Americans who are choosing to become permanent expats or giving up their U.S. citizenship altogether? Apparently this is a very small, but growing, trend among those who are disenchanted… Continue reading