Free Speech: USA vs. Other Countries
Hi, friends. Last week, Poland made headlines when its president said he would sign a bill prosecuting people who specifically implicate Poland in the Holocaust; for instance, the phrase “Polish death camps” would be illegal. The justification is that Polish citizens were victims rather than oppressors in WWII with the Nazis occupying their land against…
Black History Month: What Are Jubilee Singers?
Hi, friends. This week’s BHM post relates to a phrase I’ve encountered multiple times in researching African-American spirituals. Rev. Thomas Dorsey, author of MLK Jr’s favorite hymn, briefly worked with the Pace Jubilee Singers, and John Wesley Work II, author of a beloved Christmas carol, played an integral role in the Fisk Jubilee Singers. In…
Black History Month: The Story Behind “Take My Hand, Precious Lord”
Hi, friends. I’m stoked right now because I have a special series planned to celebrate Black History Month that’s going to be fun to research and write. In this post and a few others this month, I’m spotlighting African-American spirituals. I love hymns and the South, so this idea was a no-brainer. I hope you…
200 Years Later: John Keats Writes Two Poems
Hi, friends. 200 years ago today on January 30, 1818, John Keats wrote the poem “When I Have Fears.” About a week earlier, he wrote “Lines on Seeing a Lock of Milton’s Hair.”
How Victorian Ladies Survived Winter
Hi, friends. The harshness of the weather may vary depending on your location, but in the southern US, winter has been brutal. Several inches of snow last week gave me a lot of time to read, watch movies, and think (be lazy). I’m a huge fan of Victorian novels (British, mid to late 1800’s, often…
200 Years Later: The Shelleys Publish Frankenstein & Ozymandias
Welcome to a post that intertwines literature and history (with an added dose of scandal). Thanks for reading!
100 Years Later: President Wilson’s Famous Speech in WWI
On January 8, 1918 (100 years ago today), then-US President Woodrow Wilson delivered a speech to the US Congress during World War I. This speech, called Fourteen Points, outlined his vision for long-lasting peace in Europe after the war with fourteen points to consider in the peace negotiations.
100 Years Later: The Bolshevik Revolution
This post shares some historical information about Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution in remembrance of its 100 year anniversary. I hope my subscribers enjoy historical posts like these in the future. I love English and reading and writing, but I’m not a book review blog, so I’d like to branch out some, as I attempted with the…