“During a steam train trip on the 4th of July, I discovered yet another connection just over an hour away in Franklin, PA. With the wheels of our passenger car clacking beneath my seat, I plotted Part Two of my novella-turned-novel.”
When I was in high school I learned that bias exists. The victors of war and conflict are the ones history generally favors. I constantly have to remind myself of that as I conducted research for my first intended-for-publication manuscript. I learned that I had to throw what I thought I knew about my state’s history, heck, even my country’s history, out the window with each source material I read.
Okay, not all of it. But a lot of it.
I’ve debated long and hard if I should include this section or not, because I don’t want any of the material to possibly give away what my novel series is about. Then I realized that if you’ve followed me on Twitter or my Facebook page or even this website long enough, then you already know that it’s deeply based on history.
So why not share much of what I’ve researched by including sources you may find useful as well? Have a read of some of the titles below. You may discover some interesting facts about American history!
*I have omitted just a few titles because they’d most definitely give too much away!
*None of the links are affiliate links. I do not gain any revenue from them. They’ve been added purely for educational purposes.
- The Age of the Battleship: 1890-1922 | Brayton Harris
- Always in a Hole | Arthur Vincent Ciervo
- The American 1890s | Susan Harris Smith, Melanie Dawson
- The American Civil War: A Military History | John Keegan
- The Amazing Pennsylvania Canals | W.H. Shank
- The Book of Irish Legends | Iain Zaczek
- The Canal Age | Charles Hadfield
- The City of Sedition | John Strausbaugh
- Pennsylvania’s Coal and Iron Police | Spencer J. Sadler
- The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy | Joan Quigley
- Everyday Dress: 1650 – 1900 | Elizabeth Ewing
- Fashionable Folks | Maureen A. Taylor
- Fire Underground | David DeKok
- Forgotten Tales of Pittsburgh | Thomas White and Kyle McQueen
- The German Immigration into PA through the Port of Philadelphia from 1700 – 1775 | Frank Reid Diffenderffer
- The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln before the Civil War | Daniel Stashower
- The Irish Americans: A History | Jay P. Dolan
- The Inside History of the Carnegie Steel Co. | James Howard Bridge
- Irish Pittsburgh – Images of America | Patricia McElligott
- Keeping House: Women in Western PA, 1790-1850 | Virginia K. Bartlett
- The Lincoln Trail in Pennsylvania | Bradley R. Hoch
- Members Only: Secret Societies, Sects & Cults | Julie Tibbott
- The Molly Maguires | Anthony Bimba
- New York Night – The Mystique and its History | Mark Caldwell
- Northwestern Pennsylvania Railroads | Kenneth C. Springirth
- On the Irish Waterfront | James T. Fisher
- Over the Alleghenies | Robert J. Kapsch
- Pennsylvania Disasters | Karen Ivory
- Pennsylvania Fireside Tales Vol III | Jeffrey R. Fazier
- Pennsylvania Ghost Towns | Susan Hutchison Tassin
- Pennsylvania Mining Families | Barry P. Michrin
- Pennsylvania Railroads | Mike Schafer, Brian Solomon
- Pennsylvania Trolley Museum | Edward H. Lybarger
- Pittsburgh and the Appalachians – Cultural and Natural Resources in a Post-Industrial Age | Joseph L. Scarpaci & Kevin J. Patrick
- Pittsburgh During the American Civil War, 1860-1865 | Arthur B. Fox
- The Secret City: Woodlawn Cemetery and the Buried History of New York | Fred Goodman
- Ten Days that Unexpectedly Changed America | Steven M. Gillon
- Third Parties in American Politics | Howard P. Nash
- The Scotch-Irish of Colonial Pennsylvania | Wayland F. Dunaway
- Baking for Two | Tracy Yabiku
- Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking | Maangchi
- Sugar-Free Mom: Naturally Sweet and Sugar Free Recipes for the Whole Family | Brenda Bennett