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Edwardian era History

Bloody Sunday and the Start of Revolution in Russia: This Week in History

“Rebellion in Russia!” shouted the headline of the Fall River Globe in Fall River, Mass., on Jan. 23, 1905.  Russian citizens had been fired on while protesting in the streets of St. Petersburg.  Within hours, the event would be dubbed Bloody Sunday. “The sacrifice has been made,” the Globe began its coverage.  “Thousands have fallen, […]

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The Russo-Japanese War Looks Grim for Russia: This Week in History

“Much Blood Will Be Spilled in That Vicinity Before Long, Critics Say,” the Los Angeles Times declared in a headline Jan. 8, 1905.  That date was in the second half of the 18-month-long Russo-Japanese War over Korea and Manchuria. Russian Orthodox celebrated Christmas the day before “with a heavy heart,” the Times said.  The holiday […]

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Christmas Shopping in a Bygone Era

The commercialization of Christmas began during the Victorian era.  Retailers encouraged consumers to shop for the holidays instead of giving homemade gifts, and shop employees also decorated their shop windows with lavish displays to attract passersby.  The tradition of Christmas shopping was born. So what were the popular gifts in this bygone era?  Let’s find […]

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School Kids in 1903 Explain Why Thanksgiving Turkeys are Important

“Kids Say the Darndest Things” may be a television show, but kids have been saying what’s on their minds –  and amusing adults – for centuries.  In 1903, the Sioux City Journal in Iowa asked the city’s school children to pen an essay on Thanksgiving turkeys. A sampling of the essays were published on Nov. […]

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‘Washed Away’ Tackles the Tragic Day in 1911 When the Dam Broke

The recently released novel, Washed Away by Jason Gray, Jr. tackles a very weighty subject.  The historical fiction novel takes readers to the scene of the 1911 dam break in Austin, PA., that killed dozens. On Sept. 30, 1911, the dam servicing the Bayless Pulp and Paper Mill burst and destroyed the town.  The dam […]

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Edwardian Wedding Fashion and Traditions

As the new century dawned in 1901, fashion was quickly changing.  Soon hemlines would rise while necklines would fall, and dress styles began to hug a woman’s body.  Wedding fashions, however, did not move so drastically and were sometimes behind the times when compared to streetwear.  Wedding traditions, on the other hand, were surprisingly recognizable.  […]

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Forgotten Murders From the 1910s

My latest nonfiction book, Heinous: Forgotten Murders From the 1910s, was inspired by news stories I discovered while researching A Tale of Two Nations.  As I conducted my research, I discovered case after case of murder, suicide, murder-suicide, lynchings, cop killings, doctors and nurses poisoning patients, and fatal traffic accidents.  It became clear that crime […]

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The History of the Corset: A Slave to Fashion

The corset is probably considered the most uncomfortable garment ever invented, not only because it constricts the body, but because it also is symbolic of women being constricted in society.  Was this true, or is it a stereotype? Corsets have been part of a woman’s wardrobe since antiquity.  Over the centuries, they evolved and changed. […]

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Lizzy Murphy: The First Woman to Play Major League Baseball

Her name is lost in history for all but the most ardent baseball fans.  Mary Elizabeth “Lizzy” Murphy, the Queen of Baseball, was the first woman to play for a major league baseball team. Born in 1894 in Rhode Island, Murphy had sports in her blood.  Her father was a semi-professional baseball player.  As a […]

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If Money Could Buy Anything: Carnegie’s Diplodocus

What would you purchase if you had more money than you could spend?  A private island?  A fleet of personal jets?  A sports team?  Gilded Age industrialist Andrew Carnegie purchased a dinosaur skeleton. Carnegie became interested in dinosaurs in 1898 after reading an article in the New York Journal that detailed the discovery of the […]

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