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Chief Officer Stephen Gronow and the Sinking of the Vinovia

by Siân Evans Siân Evans, author of Maiden Voyages, shares her great-great uncle’s harrowing adventure of being torpedoed by a German U-boat during WWI. Chief Officer Stephen Gronow On the afternoon of December 19, 1917, south of the Lizard … Read the article The post...

Researching The Living and the Lost

by Ellen Feldman It’s a truism that writers are always squirreling away random observations, eavesdropped comments, and stray anecdotes as grist for their literary mills. A novel spanning years and featuring myriad characters can spring from a moment witnessed on …...

Oh, Those “Girton Girls!”

by Nancy Springer In 19th century England, while sons of the well-to-do were sent to boarding school and university, daughters were generally taught at home by governesses.However, most of these governesses were not very well qualified.Being a governess was the … Read...

Researching The Living and the Lost

by Ellen Feldman It’s a truism that writers are always squirreling away random observations, eavesdropped comments, and stray anecdotes as grist for their literary mills. A novel spanning years and featuring myriad characters can spring from a moment witnessed on …...

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Oh, Those “Girton Girls!”

by Nancy Springer In 19th century England, while sons of the well-to-do were sent to boarding school and university, daughters were generally taught at home by governesses.However, most of these governesses were not very well qualified.Being a governess was the … Read...

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Gender Roles Beyond the Grave: Sexing by Metal

by Nancy Marie Brown When I began writing The Real Valkyrie, I thought it was going to be a book about bones. It turned out to be a book about bias. Sketch of the archaeological grave found and labeled… Read the article The post Gender Roles Beyond the Grave: Sexing...

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Who was Joe Kennedy?

by Susan Ronald In the following excerpt from The Ambassador, acclaimed biographer Susan Ronald discusses the early life of Joseph Kennedy, foreshadowing his controversial stint as US Ambassador to Great Britain on the eve of World War II. President Roosevelt… Read...

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Sail Away: Post-War Migration and the Escape from Poverty

by Siân Evans Siân Evans’s new book Maiden Voyages is an engaging and anecdotal social history, exploring how women’s lives were transformed by the Golden Age of ocean liner travel between Europe and North America. Read an excerpt below! Painting… Read the article The...

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The Despair of Persons Living With Alzheimer’s Disease

By Jason Karlawish On the morning of June 7th, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Biogen’s drug aducanumab (marketed as Aduhelm) for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s Association President Harry Johns called this decision...

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Joe Kennedy: A Complex and Shocking Ambassador

by Susan Ronald To say that there were more than a few things I found shocking when writing about Joe Kennedy is a massive understatement. Of course, I knew about his womanizing (but didn’t know about Babe Paley)—a predatory trait … Read the article The post Joe...

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Dominus: New Excerpt

Spanning 160 years and seven generations, teeming with some of ancient Rome’s most vivid figures, Steven Saylor’s novel Dominus brings to vivid life some of the most tumultuous and consequential chapters of human history, events which reverberate still. Read an … Read...

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Elizabeth Bentley: The True Story That Inspired a Novel

by Karin Tanabe When I decided that I wanted to write about a woman in the 1950s, who was struggling with motherhood against the backdrop of the Cold War, the idea of her being a spy started to form. I’ll … Read the article The post Elizabeth Bentley: The True Story...

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A Woman of Intelligence: Featured Excerpt

Karin Tanabe’s A Woman of Intelligence is an exhilarating novel of post-war New York City, and one remarkable woman’s journey from the United Nations, to the cloistered drawing rooms of Manhattan society, to the secretive ranks of the FBI. Read … Read the article The...

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The Forgotten Hero of the Cold War

by Giles Milton The greatest heroes of the Second World War are rightly celebrated for their acts of extraordinary daring on the battlefields of Nazi-occupied Europe. Rather less well known are the heroes of the early Cold War—American and British—who … Read the...

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USS Franklin: Attack, Survival, and Triumph

by P. T. Deutermann My novel, Trial by Fire, is based on the true story of the aircraft carrier USS Ben Franklin (CV-13) and the brave sailors who were able to save their ship after she was nearly destroyed … Read the article The post USS Franklin: Attack, Survival,...

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JAH Author Wins Rasmussen Award

We are excited to share that Gabriel N. Rosenberg’s September 2020 JAH article, “No Scrubs: Livestock Breeding, Eugenics, and the State in the Early Twentieth-Century United States,” won the Wayne D. Rasmussen Award given by the Agricultural History Society. In this...

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1933: Democracy Destroyed

by Frank McDonough In the following excerpt from The Hitler Years: Triumph 1933-1939, Frank McDonough discusses the political environment in Germany in 1933 as Adolf Hitler sets his plans in motion to become Germany’s next Chancellor. Portrait of Adolf… Read the...

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For Juneteenth: Inspiring Reads by Black Authors

By The History Reader As of January 1, 1863, all enslaved people in the United States were declared legally free by President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. However, as Union law could not be implemented in the Confederate-held south, slaves were not … Read the...

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