Preserving Cape Cod — Monument to a Friend

We recently returned from a refreshing trip to Boston for a neighbor’s wedding and a five-day stay on Cape Cod, hosted by Connie’s cousin and lifelong friend Carol. After we attended a festive and near-perfect wedding celebration and made a visit to the three-masted schooner, U.S. Constitution, popularly known as …

Making history fun

Brad R. Cook’s gift for adventure and his skill for making history fun draw us into a tale of man against the elements, The Remarkable Journey of the First Road Trip Across America. This cross-country adventure is a true chapter from American history, the first-ever 1903 transcontinental automobile trip. Meticulously …

Understand Texas? Edna Ferber helps

In her 1952 work Giant, Edna Ferber chose the novel form rather than a long, boring trilogy, she says, to help us understand Texas. She presents an intimate and sweeping panorama of this sprawling state–its past, its more recent development and its future. In an era when politics has become …

History’s Personal Costs

When she illustrates history’s personal costs, Barbara Kingsolver, in her 2007 historical novel The Lacuna, makes history come. alive. She tackles Mexico’s culture from the sixteenth century Aztecs’ battles with Montezuma to the exile of L. D. Trotsky in Mexico during the 1930s and beyond, into twentieth century North American …

Your plea deal for freedom: the social contract

Why a Plea Deal for Freedom? You’ve already got a plea deal for freedom as a citizen. It’s called the social contract. “Hey!” you say, “What did I do wrong to need a plea deal?” Simple fact: without a government, you were out for yourself alone in what they call “the …

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