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American History

A place to talk and share about books that we are reading/blogging about that focus on American History. Fiction and non- Fiction both welcome.

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If the Trail of Tears happened today, what would you do?

OK, here is my question.  But first let me explain at bit.  The Trail of Tears was a horrendous event in our American history, yet a nation stood by and watch as a completely civilized tribe were…Continue

Started by Kitty Sutton Feb 28, 2012.

Favorite Historical Non-Fiction 3 Replies

What is your favorite non-fiction history book?

Started by Kate. Last reply by Jim Rada Oct 14, 2011.

Marble Mountain: A Vietnam Memoir

Hello!If you are interested, email me at with you address and blog URL for a copy of the book.  Marble Mountain: A Vietnam Memoir by Bud Willis Bud Willis was newly married with…Continue

Started by Sara Croft May 20, 2011.

Great Depression book for review

If interested, email me at with a link to your blog and I'll send out a copy! "Never Lie Down" by J. Carol Goodman - Author J. Carol Goodman understands the difference between…Continue

Started by Sara Croft Apr 16, 2011.

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Comment by Stephanie M Sellers on April 13, 2013 at 4:46am

Win paperback copy of 'The Gamecocks'

Reading 'The Gamecocks' is the safest way to explore the South's swampy back roads. Story braids NC's Lumbee Indians' origins and America's largest ongoing mystery, The Lost Colony, with a friendship that will never leave you.

Giveaway entry site includes excerpt.

Win paperback copy of 'The Gamecocks'

Comment by BeaCharmed on April 10, 2013 at 10:24pm

I have a hardcover copy of Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick to give away to one US resident.

Comment by Harvee Lau on March 15, 2013 at 9:44am

Review of PRAGUE WINTER a memoir by Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State. 

Comment by Harvee Lau on February 26, 2013 at 8:19am

Review: SEVEN LOCKS by Christine Wade, historical and literary novel set in the 1700s near the Catskills Mountains and Hudson River Valley.  

Comment by Harvee Lau on February 8, 2013 at 7:31am

Here are my comments on THE AVIATOR'S WIFE by Melanie Benjamin, the current bestseller about the famous couple, Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. 

Comment by Lyn LeJeune on February 4, 2013 at 12:11pm

My name is Moonlight.  I was an orphaned slave. I wrote the first Primer for orphaned slaves after the Civil War and started a school on Jewelweed, the planation on which I was once a slave.

Comment by Rocket Science Productions on February 3, 2013 at 10:59pm

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Comment by Elizabeth Silver's Reviews on May 2, 2012 at 8:33am

The Spanish Flu.....

Don't forget to enter the contest to win one of three e-books or a printed copy of ENZA by Kristy K. James.

Stop by my blog for the entry form:

Comment by Dale Day on April 21, 2012 at 5:47pm

I just started new blog dealing with the founding of the California missions.

Check out Father Serra's Legacy @

Comment by Jim Rada on April 21, 2012 at 9:19am

With the country in the midst of remembering the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, more people want to know about the war. While it’s fairly easy to find out about who fought who and where, learning more about what happened after the battles is harder. My new book Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses can help answer some of those questions.

When the Civil War broke out, the Union and the Confederacy were prepared to fight, but they weren’t prepared to care for their battle wounded. While many people volunteered to care for the soldiers, the only ones with any experience were Catholic sisters.

Among the sisters, the most-experienced were the Daughters of Charity based in Emmitsburg, MD. When war broke out, they had already been caring for the sick for decades.

“The country had only 600 trained nurses at the start of the Civil War. All were Catholic nuns. This is one of the best-kept secrets in our nation’s history,” Civil War chaplain Father William Barnaby Faherty once said.

Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses is the newest book by award-winning writer James Rada, Jr. Nearly 700 Catholic sisters from 22 orders provided some sort of service during the Civil War. The Daughters of Charity provided the largest number—around 300—to serve in the war.

The brutality of the war tested even the Daughters of Charity’s abilities as they ran hospitals, served on troop transports and provided care in battlefield hospitals and ambulances. Armies from both sides of the war even occupied the sisters’ Central House at times.

The Midwest Book Review wrote of my work, calling me “a writer of considerable and deftly expressed storytelling talent.” The Catholic News Service reviewed Battlefield Angels, saying “Rada writes poignantly of the initial distrust accorded to the sisters by a population imbued with anti-Catholic sentiments and the eventual respect that they won from both citizens and soldiers for their work.”

The book is available at, online retailers and bookstores.


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