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History United States Victorian era

California Columbian Club Prepares for the 1893 World’s Fair: This Week in History

California possibly would be the best represented state at the World’s Fair in Chicago, the Los Angeles Times declared April 9, 1893. The state’s building would be the largest structure on the fairgrounds that wasn’t built specifically for the exposition and was, in the opinion of the Times, “the most beautiful and attractive edifice within […]

Canada History Victorian era

Fathers of Confederation: Canada’s Humble Beginnings

The United States has the Founding Fathers.  Canada has the Fathers of Confederation.  Unlike the Founding Fathers, whose new nation gained independence thanks to war, the Fathers of Confederation took a quieter, more methodical approach. Fathers of Confederation refers to 36 men who represented their colonies at one or more conferences that were held to […]

Edwardian era History United States

Will Jim Crow Survive?: This Week in History

“‘Shall Jim Crow Prevail?’ The Burning Question,” an AP story in the Dallas Express asked March 29, 1919.  The question followed the bombing of two buildings in Southside Chicago. In 1896, the Supreme Court decision Plessy vs. Ferguson made separate-but-equal legal.  The question on the minds of many that March was whether the institution would […]

Canada History Victorian era

What is Victoria Day and Why Do Canadians Celebrate It?

In my novel, Angel of Mercy, Hettie’s birthday and her marriage to Geoffrey Bartlette correspond with the celebration of Victoria Day.  If you’re American, you may be unaware of this holiday or why Canadians celebrate it. The holiday commemorates the birthday of Queen Victoria who was born May 24, 1819.  It did not become a […]

Canada Edwardian era History

Henri Bourassa: Early 20th Century Political Influencer

Any discussion of Canada during the early 20th century would not be complete without including Henri Bourassa. Bourassa was outspoken and not afraid to fight for his beliefs. Bourassa was born in Quebec in 1868, a little more than a year after the formation of Canada.  He entered politics in his early 20s and was […]

History World War One

Japan Complicates Wartime Efforts: This Week in History

Japan was interested in intervening in Siberia to protect allied interests and to punish Russia for leaving World War I, a war Japan said Russia began.  However, this could change the course of the world war, The Cleveland Plain Dealer said March 7, 1918. American President Woodrow Wilson “has been discussing and analyzing the looming […]

Canada Edwardian era History

Sir Robert Borden: Canada’s Wartime Prime Minister

Robert Borden is the prime minister who led Canada through the contentious years of World War I.  An attorney by trade, he entered politics in 1896 and quickly rose to leader of the Conservative Party. Borden became prime minister following the nasty 1911 federal election that split the nation between those who were for and […]

History United States Victorian era

Panama Statehood Considered: This Week in History

Republican senators eagerly agreed to a conference to discuss the Panama Canal Treaty, the Arizona Republic reported Feb. 18, 1903, bringing Sen. Matthew Quay’s dream of Panamanian statehood one step closer.  Quay hoped to carry the statehood bill through an appropriations bill. “It is said tonight that the consent of the senators without committing themselves […]

Canada Edwardian era History Victorian era

Sir Wilfred Laurier: Canada’s First Modern Prime Minister

Hettie Bartlette, the main character in my novel Angel of Mercy, was born in Ontario in 1892.  Despite being 27 at the end of the third novel in the series, Adjustment Year (estimated publication date 2021), she has memories of only two prime ministers.  The longer serving of which was Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Laurier was […]

Edwardian era History United States

Socialite Vivien Gould Marries an English Lord: This Week in History

Socialite Vivien Gould, daughter of financier George J. Gould and his wife, was prepared to marry her fiancé, Lord Decies with the “pride of wealth,” the Miami Herald reported Feb. 5, 1911. Gould and Decies were scheduled to marry two days later in New York City. “The affair now promises to be more gorgeous and […]

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