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: NY History
My grandfather often told of the times in the 1920s, when he was a young man and a good mechanic. Here’s a story of how his children helped him and he had to fix the car. In the 1920s we … 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
When I was a kid, I heard the story of my grandfather’s aunt Isabella Norvell Miller Keith, who in a bout of postpartum depression, of course they didn’t call it that then, supposedly had committed suicide at Niagara Falls. That … Continue reading
My great-grandfather Colonel Freeman Norvell (1827-1881) married Mary Dean Redfield (1843-1918), the daughter of Alexander Hamilton Redfield, a descendant of pilgrims John Alden and Priscilla Mullins Alden and a distant cousin of President John Adams. Redfield was born in Phelps, … Continue reading