Penny’s dad has marched off to answer President Lincoln’s call for soldiers. Penny doesn’t dare be sad about that, because Mama is clearly holding herself back from crying, and so is Big Sister Belle. But Penny’s flute teacher has also marched off to war, so Penny will be sad about him instead. 😢 So she will… Read More The sound of Not Sad
Filling the bathtub from the pump is time consuming and back-breaking. From the well, even worse. In 1864, where did water come from? Did Civil War Yankees have tap-water at home, or not? Yes, but finding this information was ridiculously time consuming. *grumble* TOO much time for something that might be just a paragraph or… Read More Civil War Philadelphia: Baths?
It took three weeks to write this bit, because when good writing means seeing the world through my protagonists eyes, and this chapter is going to hurt. A lot. Snippet: Penny felt her muscles tighten up. Her jaw clenched so tight that her teeth hurt. Her mouth went dry, and she couldn’t ask any of… Read More Painful scenes are hard to write
Fort Sumter, the battle that started the Civil War. Who started the fight, and why? And where is that fort, anyhow? Where is Fort Sumter? An island fortress with cannons overlooking Charleston Harbor – a place where two rivers meet the Atlantic Ocean. Excellent for shipping = Excellent for blocking shipping. When did Fort Sumter… Read More Fort Sumter: Who attacked Who?
Civil War: Indoor plumbing? Yes. Sometimes. And sometimes people used chamber pots, or outhouses. 40 years before Lincoln was elected: In 1820, Philadelphia was the first american city to finish building municipal water works and, in 1823, Boston completed the first American sewer system. What happened when people just dumped their chamber pots into the… Read More Tutor vs Civil War Toilets
One interesting bit of writing historical fiction is that I get to Google for information like this: When was Chanukkah 1860?
Why did the early USA have so many Southern Presidents, if they thought slavery was so bad? Why did the Northern and Southern economy look so different? And why were there so many, MANY more Northern railroads during the Civil War? Lovely analysis right here. Whose flag are you fighting under? Northern Stars and Stripes:… Read More Capsule History of North vs South
Another semester, another round of the same essays. Dear Professor, while A Rose For Emily will never not be delightfully creepy, it is possible that OTHER short stories by Faulkner might ALSO be delightfully creepy. Dear Professor, “The Hills Like White Elephants” is so old. Never do Hemingway again. Not Any. Ever. Dear Professor, a… Read More Same Song, Second Verse
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BigFatBook(tm) takes a big fat chunk of time to read, but this one is worth it. The first several chapters cover the years leading up to secession, from social to economic to religious. The effects events Mexico, Britain, and France are not neglected. John Brown’s Rebellion is something else…
Civil Wars are so much fun – after the fact. Try not to live through one. American Civil War: Seven students did essays on Bruce Catton’s article “GRANT AND LEE: A STUDY IN CONTRASTS” this term. Last term, nine students. Before that, fifteen students. Dear Professor, I know teaching students to write a basic… Read More Tutor on History & Ancient History