Here is Where with Andrew Carroll

Here is Where with Andrew Carroll on Fieldstone CommonLIVE: THURSDAY, 11 July 2013 at 1:00pm EDT

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Andrew Carroll, author of Here is Where: Discovering America’s Great Forgotten History.

Here Is Where chronicles Andrew Carroll’s eye-opening – and at times hilarious — journey across America to find and explore unmarked historic sites where extraordinary moments occurred and remarkable individuals once lived. Sparking the idea for this book was Carroll’s visit to the spot where Abraham Lincoln’s son was saved by the brother of Lincoln’s assassin. Carroll wondered, How many other unmarked places are there where intriguing events have unfolded and that we walk past every day, not realizing their significance? To answer that question, Carroll ultimately trekked to every region of the country — by car, train, plane, helicopter, bus, bike, and kayak and on foot. Among the things he learned:

*Where in North America the oldest sample of human DNA was discovered

* Where America’s deadliest maritime disaster took place, a calamity worse than the fate of the Titanic

*Which virtually unknown American scientist saved hundreds of millions of lives

*How a 14-year-old farm boy’s brainstorm led to the creation of television

Andrew Carroll on Fieldstone Common

Andrew Carroll
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Here Is Where is thoroughly entertaining, but it’s also a profound reminder that the places we pass by often harbor amazing secrets and that there are countless other astonishing stories still out there, waiting to be found.

Andrew Carroll is the editor of several New York Times bestsellers, including Letters of a Nation, Behind the Lines, and War Letters, which inspired an acclaimed PBS documentary. Carroll’s book Operation Homecoming was the inspiration for an Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning film.

 

 

 

Lotions, Potions, Pills, and Magic with Elaine Breslaw

LIVE: THURSDAY, 20 June 2013 at 1:00pm EDT

Lotions, Potions, Pills, and Magic with Elaine Breslaw on Fieldstone CommonThis week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Elaine Breslaw, author of Lotions, Potions, Pills, and Magic: Health Care in Early America.

Health in early America was generally good. The food was plentiful, the air and water were clean, and people tended to enjoy strong constitutions as a result of this environment. Practitioners of traditional forms of health care enjoyed high social status, and the cures they offered—from purging to mere palliatives—carried a powerful authority. Consequently, most American doctors felt little need to keep up with Europe’s medical advances relying heavily on their traditional depletion methods. However, in the years following the American Revolution as poverty increased and America’s water and air became more polluted, people grew sicker. Traditional medicine became increasingly ineffective. Instead, Americans sought out both older and newer forms of alternative medicine and people who embraced these methods: midwives, folk healers, Native American shamans, African obeahs and the new botanical and water cure advocates.

In this overview of health and healing in early America, Elaine G. Breslaw describes the evolution of public health crises and solutions. Breslaw examines “ethnic borrowings” (of both disease and treatment) of early American medicine and the tension between trained doctors and the lay public. While orthodox medicine never fully lost its authority, Lotions, Potions, Pills, and Magic argues that their ascendance over other healers didn’t begin until the early twentieth century, as germ theory finally migrated from Europe to the UnitElaine Breslaw on Fieldstone Commoned States and American medical education achieved professional standing.

Elaine G. Breslaw retired as Professor of History from Morgan State University in Baltimore after 29 years and has taught on an adjunct basis at Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is the author of Tituba, Reluctant Witch of Salem: Devilish Indians and Puritan Fantasies (NYU Press, 1995), Witches of the Atlantic World: An Historical Reader and Primary Sourcebook (NYU Press, 2000), and Dr. Alexander Hamilton and Provincial America: Expanding the Orbit of Scottish Culture.

 

Show Notes – Defiant Brides with Nancy Rubin Stuart

ShowPhoto-RubinStuart-1Following are some items that were mentioned during the 30 May 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Nancy Rubin Stuart about her book Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-era Women and the Radical Men They Married.

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Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-era Women and the Radical Men They Married, published by Beacon Press, is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

Nancy Rubin Stuart is the author of seven books:

ShowPhoto-RubinStuart-2You can learn more about Nancy Rubin Stuart at her website. You can also follow her on Facebook and on Twitter.

In addition to authoring books Nancy is the Executive Director of the Cape Cod (Massachusetts) Writers Center. The Cape Cod Writers Center holds and annual conference each August.

Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-era Women and the Radical Men They Married is a dual biography that traces the lives of Lucy Flucker Knox who married Revolutionary War Patriot Henry Knox and Peggy Shippen Arnold who married Revolutionary War traitor, Benedict Arnold.

Beacon Press, the publisher of Defiant Brides donated two copies of the book which were provided as giveaways during the live show to listeners in Kentucky and Missouri. A big thank you to the Beacon Press for their generosity!

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You can read the full story of the cookbook (as mentioned during the show) — and see pictures of Gommy in her Lopez garden and even a link to one of her recipes — on the Heirloom Registry’s blog.

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Defiant Brides with Nancy Rubin Stuart

ShowPhoto-RubinStuart-1LIVE: THURSDAY, 30 May 2013 at 1:00pm EDT

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Nancy Rubin Stuart, author of Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married.

Esteemed biographer Nancy Rubin Stuart takes a close look at the lives of Lucy Flucker Knox and Peggy Shippen Arnold to reveal that neither was simply a “traitor” or “patriot.” In Defiant Brides, the first dual biography of both Peggy Shippen Arnold and Lucy Flucker Knox, Stuart has crafted a rich portrait of two rebellious women who defied expectations and struggled—publicly and privately—in a volatile political moment in early America.

Drawing from never-before-published correspondence, Stuart traces the evolution of these women from passionate teenage brides to mature matrons, bringing both women from the sidelines of history to its vital center. Readers will be enthralled by Stuart’s dramatic account of the epic lives of these defiant brides, which begin with romance, are complicated by politics, and involve spies, disappointments, heroic deeds, tragedies, and personal triumphs.

ShowPhoto-RubinStuart-2Nancy Rubin Stuart is an award-winning author specializing in women’s and social history. She has appeared on national television and NPR and has written for the New York Times, among other publications. Stuart is a board member of the Women Writing Women’s Lives Seminar at the CUNY Graduate Center and executive director of the Cape Cod Writers Center.

 

The Indian Great Awakening with Linford Fisher

BlogPhoto-Fisher-coverLIVE: THURSDAY, 23 May 2013 at 1:00pm EDT

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Dr. Linford Fisher, author of The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Native Culture in Early America.

The First Great Awakening was a time of heightened religious activity in the colonial New England. Among those whom the English settlers tried to convert to Christianity were the region’s native peoples. In this book, Linford Fisher tells the gripping story of American Indians’ attempts to wrestle with the ongoing realities of colonialism between the 1670s and 1820.

In particular, he looks at how some members of previously unevangelized Indian communities in Connecticut, Rhode Island, western Massachusetts, and Long Island adopted Christian practices, often joining local Congregational churches and receiving baptism. Far from passively sliding into the cultural and physical landscape after King Philip’s War, he argues, Native indivBlogPhoto-Fisher-headshotiduals and communities actively tapped into transatlantic structures of power to protect their land rights, welcomed educational opportunities for their children, and joined local white churches.

Charting this untold story of the Great Awakening and the resultant rise of an Indian Separatism and its effects on Indian cultures as a whole, this gracefully written book challenges long-held notions about religion and Native-Anglo-American interaction

Linford Fisher is an assistant professor of history at Brown University. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in 2008 and taught for a year in the Indiana University system before coming to Brown in 2009. His research field is early American history, including the history of religion in America and Native American history.

 

 

Show Notes – Judith Sargent Murray with Barbara Silberman

Barbara Silberman, President of the Sargent House Museum in Gloucester, MAFollowing are some items that were mentioned during the 16 May 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Barbara Silberman about Judith Sargent Murray and the Sargent House Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

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This interview with Barbara Silberman, president of the Sargent House, details many of the accomplishments of Judith Sargent Murray’s life and showcases her intelligence, tenacity and enduring love for John Murray.

Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820) was an 18th century essayist who believed in equal education, a woman’s right to work outside the home and equal roles between men and women in marriage. These were quite extraordinary beliefs to be espoused during that time period. As such she was an early advocate for women’s rights. Her second husband was John Murray (1741-1815), an Englishman who established the Universalist denomination in the United States.

The Sargent House where Judith spent her married life, is located in Gloucester, Massachusetts and is open as a house museum. The museum is open each year from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Each May the Sargent House holds a free event called “Judith Speaks” where volunteers read the words of Judith Sargent that still resonate today. The event is a great introduction to the life and works of Judith Sargent Murray. Here is a video of the Judith Speaks event from 2012 (from the Cox Simoes YouTube page).

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You can read the full story of the Grandfather Clock — which includes photos of the clock, his grandpa — and the actual thumbtacked note that inspired the Registry — on the Heirloom Registry’s blog.

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Show Notes – For Adam’s Sake with Allegra di Bonaventura

For Adam's Sake with Allegra di Bonaventura on Fieldstone CommonFollowing are some items that were mentioned during the 9 May 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Allegra di Bonaventura about her book For Adam’s Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England.

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For Adam’s Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England, published by Liveright Publishing, a division of WW Norton & Company is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

The story of For Adam’s Sake revolves around five New London, Connecticut families across several generations in the 1600s and early 1700s.  The families include:

The John Jackson family. This includes his wife, Joan Jackson and their children (among them Adam) and Joan’s mother. They are a combination of enslaved and free African Americans.

The Joshua Hempstead family. It’s Joshua’s diary that forms the basis of the story. The diary has been published and is available for sale from the New London County Historical Society.

The Rogers family. The well to do family is headed by James Rogers but it is son John who is the focus of this story. John become the head of the Rogerenes sect of Adventists.

The Livingston family. Though a New York Anglo/Dutch, son John Livingston moves to New London, Connecticut and marries Fitz Winthrop’s daughter, Mary.

The Winthrop family. The story focuses on the families of Fitz and Waitstill Winthrop who are brothers and grandsons of John Winthrop, founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Liveright Publishing, the publisher of For Adam’s Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England, donated two copies of the book which were provided as giveaways during the live show to listeners in Vermont and Missouri. A big thank you to the Liveright Publishing for their generosity!

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Fieldstone Common’s sponsor is Houstory, makers of the Home History Book and the Heirloom Registry. Fieldstone Common listeners can take 15 % off their Heirloom Registry order by visiting the Heirloom Registry at www.heirloomregistry.com, and entering FIELDSTONE – in all caps – at checkout.

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Show Notes – Lost Babes with Melinde Lutz Byrne

Melinde Lutz ByrneFollowing are some items that were mentioned during the 2 May 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Melinde Lutz Byrne about her book Lost Babes: Fornication Abstracts from Court Records, Essex County, Massachusetts, 1692-1745.

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Lost Babes: Fornication Abstracts from Court Records, Essex County, Massachusetts, 1692-1745, published by the author (1992), is out of print. You can find it for sale from used booksellers but perhaps the best place to find it is at a local or regional library. Here is a link to the book on the Worldcat website. If you enter your zip code it will show you the library closest to you.

The first part of the show discussed the ins and outs of fornication cases and how the courts handled them from a legal point of view. We discussed what happened to the mothers, the fathers and the role of the midwife during labor.

In the second half of the show we discussed the Jane Doe forensic case involving an unidentified woman who was murdered in New Hampshire many years ago. Melinde described her involved in the case and the course she took on facial reconstruction.

Houstory, the makers of the Home History Book and the Heirloom Registry, donated two batches of Heirloom Registry registration numbers which were given as “door prizes” during the live show to listeners in Arizona and Ohio. A big thank you to Houstory for their generous donation!

Houstory - Makers of the Heirloom Registry and the Home History Book

Fieldstone Common’s sponsor is Houstory, makers of the Home History Book and the Heirloom Registry. Fieldstone Common listeners can take 15 % off their Heirloom Registry order by visiting the Heirloom Registry at www.heirloomregistry.com, and entering FIELDSTONE – in all caps – at checkout.

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Revolutionary New England with JL Bell is now available as a Podcast

PodcasticonbyDerickkwaThe most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring J.L. Bell discussing the Revolution in New England is now available as a podcast. This is a make-up broadcast which was originally scheduled for April 18, 2013. The sound quality, unfortunately, has a little bit of an echo but the fascinating topics are well worth the effort.

The podcast can be played through the computer using your default media player (click play below) or downloaded to iTunes (also below).

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Show Notes – New England Captives Carried to Canada

New England Captives Carried to Canada with Donald R. Friary on Fieldstone CommonFollowing are some items that were mentioned during the 11 April 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Donald R. Friary about the book New England Captives Carried to Canada.

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New England Captives Carried to Canada, published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, is available for purchase from the New England Historic Genealogical Society online bookstore.

Donald R. Friary wrote the foreward to New England Captives Carried to Canada. This is a re-release of the 1925 book by Emma Lewis Coleman. Donald Friary was the Executive Director of Historic Deerfield for 27 years. Deerfield is well known for being the site of a massive French and Indian raid in 1704 where 112 captives were forced to march to Quebec.

Historic Deerfield is now a collection of historic house museums located in one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in New England. It is located about a half hour north of Springfield, Massachusetts. On the same street is the historic Deerfield Inn in case you decide to make a visit.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society, the publisher of New England Captives Carried to Canada, donated two copies of the book which were given as “door prizes” during the live show to listeners in Arizona and England. A big thank you to the New England Historic Genealogical Society for their generosity!

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Fieldstone Common’s sponsor is Houstory, makers of the Home History Book and the Heirloom Registry. Fieldstone Common listeners can take 15 % off their Heirloom Registry order by visiting the Heirloom Registry at www.heirloomregistry.com, and entering FIELDSTONE – in all caps – at checkout.

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