American History in Real LifeMovies in the past have often shown characters that were touched by historical events. Yet sometimes, the truth is often more fantastic than anything Hollywood can devise. These stories of real people show how the events of the past touched their lives. Some times the stories are dramatic, sometimes simple, but all in all they weave a tapesty of the richness of the American experience.
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Category Archives: Family History
My grandfather was a remarkable man. But he almost met his match and burned down the house when he decided to wire it himself in the 1930s. I defer to his own words on this: “When I bought the … Continue reading
During the last week, I had the opportunity to think about fathers and their impact upon others in an entirely different way. We had several men from my college ROTC unit and their wives to dinner, it was our 50th … Continue reading
I have been reading a great memoir of the Second World War: Quartered Safe Out Here, by George MacDonald Fraser. It details his experiences in the Burma Campaign as a 19-year old private in the Border Regiment fighting the Japanese … Continue reading
John Alden and Priscilla Mullins Alden are my 8th great grandparents. Lets get this out of the way right at the start. Does this make any of me better than anybody else? Nope. So that said, I will share … Continue reading
Lord, guard and guide all those who fly Through the great spaces in the sky. Be with them always in the air, In darkening storms or sunlight fair; Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer, For those in … Continue reading
Next to the Civil War, the Great Depression was the single most major event in American history that impacted nearly all Americans. John Steinbeck wrote the story of the “Okies” who lost their land and were forced to move … Continue reading
Although his time during the Civil War was marked by controversy, in the years after the war things seemed to settle down. About 1866, my great-grandfather Colonel Freeman Norvell and his brother-in-law, Henry Nelson Walker assumed the ownership of the … Continue reading