Tag Archive: American History

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

What is Real?

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“It isn’t a real chapel.” I heard that twice last week; both speakers referred to the Saint Francis Chapel at The Mission Inn in Riverside, California, and both put the emphasis on “real.”… 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

The Natchez Trace

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Once young men routinely floated their goods—products of the farms and settlements of newly formed states and territories—down the Ohio, Wabash, and Illinois rivers to the Mississippi and on to New Orleans. They… Continue reading

Opium, Hypocrisy, and Amnesia

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Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. Edmund Burke (1729-1797) This much-abused quote is frequently tweaked to say “ignore” or “forget” history. Sometimes people simply choose to ignore it, particularly… Continue reading

The Man Who Changed How We Think About American History

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For many students, the study of American History begins with Columbus wandering mistakenly into the New World, followed by a dash around eastern North America with French and English explorers, and finally settles… Continue reading

Christmas Pusan, 1950

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On December 25, 1950, General Edward Almond arrived in Pusan, South Korea along with the very last of the refugees from Hungnam in the north following a horrific military disaster. Chinese forces pushed… Continue reading

Anniversary of Ellis Island’s Closing–November 12, 1954

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In light of recent events here in America, and the possible tightening of our somewhat porous borders, I thought the anniversary of the closing of the busiest of our immigration inspection stations—Ellis Island,… Continue reading

They Also Serve

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A novel is generally considered “historical” when it is set fifty years or more in the past. By that standard any story set before 1966, when the first of the baby boomers left… Continue reading

Ancient Scourge/Modern Crises

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Before the Zika crisis and before Ebola, West Nile Virus, or even Yellow Fever, mosquitoes brought Malaria. We just didn’t know it. Malaria is an old scourge. Chinese writings as old as 2700… Continue reading