Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Worm in the Apple: Part Six of Deedy's TV Interview

Here is part six of the television interview Deedy (that's Dorothea Jensen to you) with Kevin Avard on Gate City Chronicles. Here they are talking about "Taxation Without Representation" and Worms in Apples. (If this video does not show up on your mobile device, go here.)

Friday, July 29, 2016

Panning for Gold!

I finally realized what doing research for writing historical fiction is like: panning for gold!

Here is the 7th part of the television interview I did with Kevin Avard on Gate City Chronicles. If you cannot see the video on your mobile device, go here to watch it.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

True Confessions - Again

My dad’s medical bag, probably not much different from Dr. Flagg’s in the story. It had compartments for storing medicines, bandages, etc.  Just like Clara in A Buss from Lafayette, for many years of my childhood I believed that when a doctor went to deliver a baby, it was inside this bag.  I wonder if doctors still carry these. Bublish

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lafayette and the French Alliance: TV Interview Part #6

Here's another bit from the interview I did with Kevin Avard on "Gate City Chronicles." Here the topic is Lafayette's crucial role in keeping the French Alliance going! (If you can't see the video on your mobile device, go here.) What I didn't get around to saying was that he also went back to France during the Revolution to help get more support. When he sailed back to America in L'Hermione in 1780, he brought the news that French troops and ships were on the way!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

When did the Granite State get its name? TV Interview Part 5

Excerpt # 5 of my interview with Kevin Avard on "Gate City Chronicles". Here I talk about the song in which New Hampshire was first called "The Granite State".

To read all the lyrics of the song click here.

Lafayette's Imprisonment

“Joss and I hope to glimpse him on the road tomorrow,” said Father. “After all, it is not often we meet someone who has sacrificed so much for his belief in liberty.”
Elder Putney nodded. “Yes, after helping us gain our freedom from England, the poor man did his best to put France on the path to liberty, too. Instead, he ended up imprisoned for more than five years. And his wife and two daughters chose to suffer through that with him. They stayed at his side in a dungeon cell for a couple of those years.” - A Buss from Lafayette © 2016 by Dorothea Jensen

My Bublish discussion of this excerpt:  Lafayette returned to France after the American Revolution hoping he could help secure some "liberty" for his own country. Unfortunately, the goal he chose was a middle path: a limited constitutional monarchy similar to that of England. Because of this, he was hated by not only those who wanted no change (to keep the absolute monarchy intact) and also by those who wanted total change (to get rid of the monarchy altogether). Of course it was all much more complicated than this simple statement, but it could be said that this was essentially the reason he ended up in a dungeon cell.
To learn more about Lafayette's imprisonment, visit the Lafayette College webpage about it, here.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

A True Story of Mistaken Identity: TV Interview Part 4


Here is the fourth excerpt from the television interview I did with Kevin Avard on Gate City Chronicles. Here I tell him about a funny thing that really happened in New England during Lafayette's Farewell Tour. 


So I was talking without notes and muddled something: the number of Americans who turned out to see Lafayette during his Farewell Tour of 1824-5 was approximately 3 million. This was about 1/4 of the total population!

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