History MattersJanuary 1 to January 15, 2020

It happened on New Year’s Day, 1863 — two years into a bloody war that pitted the Union against the Confederacy. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared: “on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State … shall be then…

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Patriotic Picks: December 2019

Whether it’s via their tone, topic, or tenor, certain works just say “America.” Here are three such titles, suggested by David Bruce Smith, founder of the Grateful American Foundation, in partnership with the Washington Independent Review of Books. “Scoundrel Time” by Lillian Hellman. In gripping detail, the activist/playwright recounts her surreal — and fraught — experience of being…

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Author David Bruce Smith and Julie Silverbrook of ConSource Discuss “Abigail & John”

Julie Silverbrook, Executive Director of ConSource, spoke with David Bruce Smith, founder and president of the Grateful American Foundation, and author of the children’s book, Abigail & John. Abigail & John is the inaugural book in the Grateful American Book Series, which focuses on presidential and historical marriages that were partnerships, and influenced the nation.

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Judges Gear up for the 2020 Grateful American Book Prize

The Grateful American Book Prize will begin accepting submissions January 2, 2020. The award is given annually to authors who have created outstanding works of historical fiction, or non-fiction, for seventh to ninth graders. Books published between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020 are eligible. 2019’s winner was Associate Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, for her memoir…

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