The Life and Crimes of Railroad Bill

Ride, ride, ride---The true story of America's most infamous black outlaw Railroad Bill's legacy is shrouded in mystery and myth, but today we are publishing a book that reveals the truth behind legend: The Life and Crimes of Railroad Bill: Legendary African American Desperado. “Fascinating. Massey brings to life the stories and mysteries surrounding this legendary … Continue reading The Life and Crimes of Railroad Bill

Conservative Hurricane

Conservative Hurricane: How Jeb Bush Remade Florida Matthew T. Corrigan Few governors in modern history have altered the balance of power in their states as fundamentally as Jeb Bush did in Florida. Both hailed and reviled as the most consequential governor to be sworn into office in Tallahassee, Bush radically--and perhaps permanently--changed the dynamics of … Continue reading Conservative Hurricane

Monumental Dreams: The Life and Sculpture of Ann Norton

"They were two people who didn't seem to fit together. But the shy, determined Ann Weaver and the rich, gregarious Ralph Norton shared one thing - a passionate love of art. . . . A relationship slowly developed, one that was to forever alter the cultural landscape of Palm Beach County. After all, their names … Continue reading Monumental Dreams: The Life and Sculpture of Ann Norton

The Intriguing, Paradoxical Zephaniah Kingsley Jr.: Q&A with Daniel Schafer

An Interview with  Daniel L. Schafer author of Zephaniah Kingsley Jr. and the Atlantic World: Slave Trader, Plantation Owner, Emancipator “A visit to Kingsley Plantation… convinced me that this was a topic of national and international importance that had somehow escaped scholarly attention.’” – Daniel L. Schafer DANIEL L. SCHAFER Professor of History Emeritus and … Continue reading The Intriguing, Paradoxical Zephaniah Kingsley Jr.: Q&A with Daniel Schafer

American Horror Story: Coven Season Finale Fact v. Fiction

With an over-the-top season finale that drew 4.2 million viewers, American Horror Story: Coven left many fans disappointed. Carolyn Long considers the elements that stayed (at least a little bit) true to history and points out several of the bigger divergences. "These were great characters in a great setting—if only we’d gotten to know them better," commented The … Continue reading American Horror Story: Coven Season Finale Fact v. Fiction

American Horror Story: Coven Fact v. Fiction #4

Who will be the next Supreme? Tonight's season finale of American Horror Story: Coven is guaranteed to be action packed and full of surprises. Carolyn Long offers up another fascinating primer on the crossover and parallels between history and the gore-filled, betrayal-fueled world inhabited by the characters of Coven, this time focusing on episodes 10 and 11. The show took … Continue reading American Horror Story: Coven Fact v. Fiction #4

American Horror Story: Coven Fact v. Fiction #3

Only two days left until the season finale of American Horror Story: Coven! Recapping episodes 6-9 with a look at where history influenced the plot of Coven, Carolyn Long gives fans a lot to think about. As far-fetched and fantastical as much of Coven may seem, it's easy to forget that true events in the … Continue reading American Horror Story: Coven Fact v. Fiction #3

American Horror Story: Coven Fact v. Fiction #2

Only 6 more days until the season finale of American Horror Story: Coven and Carolyn Long is back to tide you over with a look at where history parallels or completely contradicts the storyline! If you're just getting started, see the first post in our Coven series to get an overview of the cast and … Continue reading American Horror Story: Coven Fact v. Fiction #2

American Horror Story: Coven Fantasy v. Fact Episode #1

Fans of FX’s incredibly popular American Horror Story: Coven recognize Madame Lalaurie and Marie Laveau as characters played by Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett in a mesmerizing world of intrigue, witchcraft, and gore set in New Orleans. Carolyn Long, the author of biographies on both of these fascinating women - Lalaurie and Laveau - undoubtedly … Continue reading American Horror Story: Coven Fantasy v. Fact Episode #1

Remembering the Father of Cuban Ballet, Fernando Alonso (1914 – 2013)

After the recent death of Fernando Alonso (1914-2013), "a Cuban ballet master and teacher who teamed with his brother and his wife at the time, the ballet star Alicia Alonso, to found a dance company that gained international renown as the Ballet Nacional de Cuba," author Toba Singer fondly remembers the time she spent working with him … Continue reading Remembering the Father of Cuban Ballet, Fernando Alonso (1914 – 2013)