Slavery in the United States was all about business, and it was a complicated and fascinating business, as well as a grim one. The pricing alone is worth a book.
We want to create our own story, and the stories of our ancestors, with pieces of history. Sometimes we call it our heritage. And from Charlottesville to Timbuktu to Hobby Lobby, we fight desperately over control of the pieces, the right to glorify or destroy.
Historical mysteries are magical mysteries. They take us to a different time and place, and can give us a completely different take on real events. Here's a partial list of favorites.
Lynn Kanter’s novel Her Own Vietnam tells the compelling story of an Army nurse and the haunting effects of war.
We need to take the gods of commerce out of the practice of medicine. That's part of the case for single-payer health care.
Few human experiences are more horrifying than famine. For centuries, we've regarded it as a natural disaster. But the disaster isn't always natural. The Great Hunger in Ireland, the Ukrainian genocide, the Great Leap Forward all had human causes. And even one of the Biblical patriarchs made a profit.
It's not just sex with costumes. Historical fiction explores history on a personal level. It can educate us, make us think--and even create our myths about ourselves and our history.
The Know-Nothings were a U.S. anti-immigrant political group in the 1840s and 1850s. They talked about Catholics the way many people today talk about Muslims. Are they back?
Sometimes we don’t really know what we’re looking at. A scene in my novel The Monk Woman’s Daughter has two “parlor girls,” high-class prostitutes, visiting a hat shop where my main character Vera works. Delilah and Emmeline were in a hilarious mood that evening. They had earned a great deal of money that week from [...]