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Only Victims and Villains? Evolution of Slavery in America, Part I


As I grew up in Upstate New York, on a main line of the Underground Railroad and near the Harriet Tubman Home and Research center, I learned the lessons of slavery from the point of view of the Yankee victors. I spent … Continue reading

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Dressing for 1861 – Wearing a Corset


When I was preparing for my full-costume author visit to Manassas in honor of the sesquicentennial last year, I wanted to be as authentic as possible.  I have described in a previous post how the hoop crinoline was actually surprisingly … Continue reading

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Southern Views of What Really Started the Civil War, Part I


Introduction – Moving from North to South For my past three posts, I have been discussing Northern views  of potential causes of the war and and have covered how impacts of Cultural & Economic Pressures, the rise of the Abolitionist … Continue reading

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Blog Series on “Social Realities of the American Civil War” Kick Off


I am currently providing a series of lectures on “Social Realities of the Civil War” and realize this is great content to apply to a parallel series of blogs. The first three are, “What Really Started the Civil War: Northern … Continue reading

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Picnicking at the First Battle of Bull Run/Manassas 7/21/1861


In honor of the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Bull Run/Manassas, I am posting an account of what it might have been like to attend it as a group of civilians. Things did not go well for the spectators. Visions of champagne toasts … Continue reading

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Top 5 Things I’ve Learned About Being an Author at a Book Signing


As I’ve been building my marketing efforts for Year of Disunion: A Novel of the Dawn of the American Civil War over the past several months, I’ve gotten myself placed in two group signings – one at a local bookstore, … Continue reading

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Dressing for 1861 – My Hoop Skirt Arrives!


I knew the hoop skirt (or hoop crinoline to use proper 1861 terms) for my Civil War outfit was due to arrive, and I kept a look out for a big box of some sort . . . I wondered how in … Continue reading

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