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suellen-ocean's picture
Jun.12.2013
Rugby is like football but instead of kicking the ball down the field, it is picked up and carried. The sport began in 1823 in Warwickshire, England when a fellow named William Ellis, at Rugby School, picked up the ball and carried it this way. In 1875 Rugby was introduced into the United States...
suellen-ocean's picture
Jun.10.2013
The Portuguese and Spanish nouns are mulato (masculine) and mulata (feminine). These nouns are used to describe a person of mixed African and Caucasian ancestry. According to a very old dictionary, the noun is used for the first generation, "offspring of a pure negro and a white". It seems an old-...
iain-c-martin's picture
Jun.04.2013
Hello Friends, My new book for young adult readers is available today, a non-fiction history of the Gettysburg battle focusing on the accounts of two Gettysburg teenagers who witnessed those three epic days in July 1863. Next month is the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg. Gettysburg: The True...
suellen-ocean's picture
May.30.2013
Yes, President Lincoln had suggestions for building colonies outside the United States for freed slaves. President Lincoln originally wanted the emancipation of slaves to be gradual. He wanted to offer southern farmers financial incentives in exchange for freeing their slaves and had plans in mind...
suellen-ocean's picture
May.24.2013
The historical events that led to the Civil War are not simple nor interpreted the same by historians and conspiracies abound. In the United States, during the 1800's, the economy of the North differed vastly from that of the South. The South had many large agricultural plantations that prospered...
suellen-ocean's picture
May.23.2013
During the 1800's, the United States spread across North America creating new territories. The South's economy was based on plantations. A great many of those plantations used slaves to do the labor. The South wanted any future and newly acquired territories to accept slavery. In Congress and the...
SusanVH's picture
May.17.2013
Drum roll please... At long last, I can share the beautiful cover of Under the Freedom Tree!  Gorgeous art by London Ladd—acrylic, pastel, and colored pencil on primed illustration board.  This free-verse story of the long overlooked contraband slaves of the Civil War hits bookstore...
SusanVH's picture
May.15.2013
Under the Freedom Tree, my free-verse picture book on the contraband slaves of the Civil War, doesn't hit bookstores until February. But Publishers Weekly offered a sneak peek of the cover art in an article this week about indie booksellers gathering at the offices of...
suellen-ocean's picture
May.15.2013
There are many who reminisce fondly of the days of plantations. Today, the large plantation homes are tourist destinations. The skill that went into building them fascinates all who visit. Unfortunately, most of these grand homes were built by slaves during the 1700s and 1800s. Antebellum means "...
SusanVH's picture
May.02.2013
  You’re fifteen—and your town has just become a war zone. Your teacher tells you to run home as quickly as you can. Enemy soldiers loot and plunder, even stealing your family’s horse. Your neighbor asks for your help as she flees with her children to safer ground a few miles away; your...