Category Archives: History

An Earthquake Journal

This is my narration of the events following the Loma Prieta Earthquake in San Francisco in 1989. It first appeared in Perfect Vision magazine.

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Calamity Jane by Martha Cannary Burke

There were many western heroes, real and imagined. Martha Cannary Burk was the woman known as Calamity Jane. She was so deadly with a gun that the highway bandits let her go by when she was an express rider. She … Continue reading

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Ch11 Myths and Legends

Ch11 The Last Shot At Germantown Future events at wartime are oft foretold by dreams and wondrous signs. This is a collection of such stories which ends with the Revolutionary War battle of Germantown. The story comes from Myths and … Continue reading

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Life Amongst The Modocs by Joaquin Miller

Joaquin Miller (1837 – 1913) spent 5 years with the Modoc Tribe whose home was in the forests at the base of Mt. Shasta in northern California. They and other tribes in the area were driven to near extinction by the … Continue reading

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Old Ticonderoga by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hawthorne is known mainly for “The Scarlet Letter”. But he was a very prolific writer. This piece resulted from his visit to the ruins of Fort Ticonderoga. It tells of the reality of the place mixed with his daydreams of … Continue reading

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Ossawatomie by Carl Sandburg

On August 30th of 1856 pro-slavery raiders attacked the abolitionist town of Ossawatomie, Kansas. The town was defended by John Brown and 40 residents with the raiders having 6 to 1 odds in their favor. The defenders had to abandon … Continue reading

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President Grant by Henry Adams

This is a reading of chapter 17 of “The Education of Henry Adams” It sets the political scene for the period of the Grant Administration and gives you a look at a Congress that didn’t work then just as it … Continue reading

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The Hills of Zion by H.L. Mencken

This is H. L. Mencken’s report from the scene of the Scope’s Trial. A high school teacher named Scopes is brought up on charges for teaching evolution. It is sometimes referred to as the “monkey trial”. The text for this … Continue reading

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The Life of Washington by Washington Irving

These are two chapters (16 & 24) that are concerned with the British attempts to take Fort Duquesne. (Later it will be known as Pittsburg.) In chapter 16 a young George Washington is an aide to General Braddock. Braddock with … Continue reading

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The Loss of New York by George M. Wrong

This is chapter 4 from the book “Washington and His Comrades in Arms, A Chronicle of the War of Independence” by George M. Wrong It covers a stunning turning point in the fortunes of war. The British had mounted a … Continue reading

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The Plot To Assassinate The President-Elect

This account of a plot in Baltimore to assassinate Lincoln before he could take the oath of office comes from Carl Sandburg’s “Lincoln-The War Years”.

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The Voyage by Washington Irving

Washington Irving describes what it was like on a sailing ship going from America to England in 1815. The text for this story may be found at www.gutenberg.org

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