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Tar In The Blood

My father’s side of the family traveled to the New World on the the Mayflower. They were Howlands. John Howland was washed overboard and somehow swam back to the ship. My Irish Nana sailed on a ship a deck above steerage in the Year of the Crow. She was 14. In 1966 my parents enrolled […]

Maybe If I Was More Barry Than Barack

In 1860 three weeks before the presidential election an eleven year old girl wrote this letter to the Republican candidate from Illinois. Hon A B Lincoln Oct. 15, 1860 Dear Sir My father has just home from the fair and brought home your picture and Mr. Hamlin’s. I am a little girl only eleven years […]