History vs. Genealogy vs. Historical Fiction

History vs. Genealogy is about what matters, and to whom. And how does the historical fiction writer use them? History and genealogy…are two radically divergent views on the past.  The first says “This matters.” The second says, “This matters to me.”  John Sedgwick in the New York Times Historians such as John Sedgwick tend to scoff at […]

Origin of Thanksgiving, the American Holiday

What is the origin of Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving did not become a permanent official national holiday until 1941. That’s when Congress established the fourth Thursday of the month of November as Thanksgiving Day. Today, Thanksgiving as an American holiday tradition goes on strong. Most of us gather with friends and family to share a sumptuous feast and express our gratitude. And […]