Category Archives: My Books

Thanksgiving and Many Meanings

Thanksgiving day has had many meanings throughout American history. Four years after the end of the Civil War, Thomas Nast created this cartoon titled “Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving Dinner.” Two symbols of America are depicted at the ends of the table. … Continue reading

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“I would like to be buried in Arlington Cemetery”

Today – September 9, 2106 – I was heartened to find an article in The New York Times, illustrated with a lovely full-color photograph of the interment in Arlington National Cemetery of the cremated remains of Elaine D. Harmon, a … Continue reading

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Frances Perkins: A Woman Unafraid

Today – June 25 – is the day the landmark legislation, the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act, was passed. Initially it applied to eleven million workers and restricted child labor, established minimum wage, and gradually limited the workweek to forty … Continue reading

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Frances Perkins

Remembering Frances Perkins, born on this day – April 10 – in 1880. As secretary of labor, the first woman in a presidential cabinet, Frances Perkins, a woman who got things done,was the architect of some of the most far-reaching … Continue reading

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Dorothea Lynde Dix

“It was a cold, blustery day on March 28 . . . ” so I wrote in my first biography “Breaking the Chains: The Crusade of Dorothea Lynde Dix.” The year was 1841 – 175 years ago – when Dix … Continue reading

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Fannie Lou Hamer

Remembering Fannie Lou Hamer, fearless civil rights and anti-poverty activist, who died today – March 14th – in 1977. Her iconic words – “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired” – are on her gravestone. One of … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

Up early this morning, excited that today–Feb. 9th–is the official publication date of the paperback of “Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World” with a bright new cover and bonus material, including a Q … Continue reading

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Dorothea Dix

Civil War nurses are the focus of “Mercy Street,” the PBS Civil War miniseries.  Dorothea Dix, the Superintendent of the Female Nurses of the Army, played by Cherry Jones, appears in the first episode.  Breaking the Chains: The Crusade of … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

Always so exciting when my editor sends the finished copy of one of my books.! This one just arrived–the new paperback copy of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship that Changed the World!!!! It has a bright, … Continue reading

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Corpses, Coffins and Crypts: A History of Burial

One of the 181 photographs, many of which I took in my book Corpses, Coffins and Crypts: A History of Burial. The caption reads: “Archie A “Binkie” Arnold was a practical joker. He was a plumber by trade. He had … Continue reading

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