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Football Player: Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson (1947-)

O.J. Simpson Note: I had written this for an encyclopedia and then the project itself got canceled. So, I decided to upload it to my site. Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson initially rose to fame because of his collegiate football performance at the University of Southern California (USC) where he set records for rushing yards gained, was named All-American (1967-68), won the 1968 Heisman Trophy, and played in two Rose Bowl games. He then gained more fame as an outstanding professional running back, known for his speed and dexterity, and then as a sportscaster and for his performances on television and

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Film Review: Glory

Glory Encyclopedia Entry Note: I had written this film review for an encyclopedia and then the project itself got canceled. So, I decided to upload it to my site. Glory is a 1989 Civil War film that shares the story of the 54th Massachusetts Voluntary Infantry Regiment, one of the first units comprised of African American soldiers. Directed by Edward Zwick, the screenplay was written by Kevin Jarre, and the film merges historical people and events with fictional characters and subplots. Its ensemble cast shares the story of this unit from its formation to its most prominent place in history:

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Film Review: Car Wash

Car Wash Encyclopedia Entry Note: I had written this film review for an encyclopedia and then the project itself got canceled. So, I decided to upload it to my site. Car Wash is a 1976 Universal Studios film produced by Art Linson and Gary Stromberg, directed by Michael Schultz, and written by Joel Schumacher. This 97-minute musical comedy contains elements of drama and romance with at least one reviewer calling it reminiscent of 1930s theater. This blaxploitation film, set in the Dee-Luxe Car Wash located in Los Angeles, California, covers just one day of interactions among two dozen-plus multi-racial characters,

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Calvin Caswell

Calvin Caswell played a significant role in the life of Wells Waite Miller (the Civil War soldier whose life I’m researching). Calvin was his father-in-law—and the two of them seemed to be quite close, so it made sense to research Calvin’s life. Plus, he is a fascinating man all by himself. Tribute to Calvin Caswell In his obituary in the Sandusky Daily Register, it notes the following: “As a private citizen, as a father, a husband, a counseller and friend, Mr. Caswell was ever loving, kind, helpful and generous. Himself pure in thought and purpose, he suffered no morally loose

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Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (Allan Gurganus)

Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All is a 718-page historical fiction novel written by Allan Gurganus and published by Ivy Books in 1989. Written as if dictated to someone who visited ninety-nine-year-old Lucy Marsden when she lived in a nursing home, it tells the story of Lucy who, at the age of fifteen, married fifty-year-old Confederate veteran Captain William Marsden around 1900 and had nine children with him. This book explores issues of race through the lens of the Confederate South and serves as a journey of self-discovery for Lucy, and it stayed

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The Republic of Suffering: Book Review

Republic of Suffering The Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust is an extraordinary book that provides a look back in time to see how 19th-century Americans viewed death. She also describes how the Civil War fueled the growth of the funeral industry and the creation of national cemeteries, and caused the military to expand its functions dramatically. This book  shows the sheer gruesomeness of the war in ways that books focusing on the battles never could. In modern times, we try to fight off death, to slow down death, to focus on living

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