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March is Women’s History Month – Selected Resources on Women’s History & Literature

The internet has excellent resources on women’s history and literature. One is a site for the history of U.S. woman’s suffrage, created by the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM). It features primary source documents, lesson plans, speeches, photographs and more … Continue reading

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Review of “The Personal History of Rachel DuPree” by Ann Weisgarber

As this novel begins it is the early 1900’s, and Rachel Reeves has been working as a cook for eight years at Mrs. DuPree’s boarding house for black men in Chicago. Now 25, she is still unmarried, but attracted to … Continue reading

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Review of “Time Travel: A History” by James Gleick

Note: This review is by my husband Jim. James Gleick’s newest book, Time Travel, was a bit of a disappointment to me. Gleick is an excellent explicator of abstruse subjects (Cf. Chaos and The Information), so I expected a lucid … Continue reading

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Black History Month Kid Lit Special – A Selection of Books on Slavery for Children

There are a number of reasons to teach children about slavery, even besides the fact that it played such a large role in the history of the world and in the U.S. in particular. Teaching this history can show children … Continue reading

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Review of “Hero of The Empire” by Candice Millard

This book, subtitled “The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill” is a history of Winston Churchill’s early life, with a focus on the years 1899-1900. It was during this time that Churchill traveled as a … Continue reading

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