Who’s Who and What’s What

August 3, 2013 In a really good and complex historical novel, I find myself making a list of characters so that I can recall them when they reappear after an absence of many of pages. Also, I often am torn between continuing to follow the action and breaking my concentration to look up what something or who someone is. In CONFLICTING LOYALTIES this is done for the reader with the inclusion of a “Who’ Who and What’s What” at the back of the book. There you will find short biographical sketches or descriptions – and sometimes...

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Outstanding Reference Work on the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

7-14-13 Outstanding Reference Work on the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade In writing CONFLICTING LOYALTIES I relied heavily upon the authoritative work, THE SLAVE TRADE: THE STORY of the ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE 1440-1870, by Lord Hugh Thomas of Cambridge University.  Thomas explains in great detail the American dominance of the trade on the eve of the Civil War, the full participation in the trade by African kings and chiefs, and the long battle by the British to force an end to the trade upon both the Atlantic community and Africa. He pulls no...

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Elias Welles Trueman: Were there Officers such as he?

Elias Welles Trueman: Were there Officers such as he?              Unfortunately, in the nineteenth century officers such as Lieutenant Trueman were not uncommon in the Navy. Trueman is modeled generally upon Captain Charles Wilkes, who came the closest of anyone to singlehandedly, though unintentionally winning Southern independence. Born in New York in 1798, Wilkes was a graduate of ColumbiaCollege (now ColumbiaUniversity), who joined the Navy in 1818. From 1838 to 1842 he commanded a six vessel squadron on the United States...

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Sons of the American Revolution Book Signing

July 14, 2013 Sons of the American Revolution Book Signing  The Alexander Majors House Museum was among the sites in Kansas City visited by the Sons of the American Revolution during their National Congress in our fair city. As part of their tour of the home, we held a book signing for CONFLICTING LOYALTIES and inscribed a good number of copies.

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Cpl. C. Cocker, USMC, USS Tahoma Marine Guard checks Conflicting Loyalties for news of his old shipmate, Cpl. Dyer, USMC, USS Jamestown Marine Guard.

May 8, 2013 Cpl. C. Cocker, USMC, USS Tahoma Marine Guard checks Conflicting Loyalties for news of his old shipmate, Cpl. Dyer, USMC, USS Jamestown Marine Guard. Thanks to Marine Vietnam Veteran Don Spenard Jr. (aka Cpl. Cocker) for this picture. Information on the Tahoma Marines is at http://www.wcwa.net/tahomamarines/About%20Us%20and%20Joining.htm. Semper...

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