NaNoWriMo – Day 26

Day 26 – Was any research involved (historical or otherwise) in your NaNo prep?

Oh goodness, what haven’t I researched?

Before I started working on this, I interviewed my grandparents about the original stories that this novel was to be based on. I also went through an old trunk of my grandfather’s that had photos and letters from the 1890s to the 1950s.

I’ve looked into

• The assassination of William McKinley in 1901

• Plus Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson’s presidencies

• Cowboys, outlaws and the end of the Wild West

• Lynching

• The suffragette movement and the 19th amendment

• electricity, automobiles, telephones, and the postal service

• The draft and World War I

• American opposition to involvement in World War I (German and Irish immigrants were the most vocal)

• WWI love letters

• Factories and mills

• Labor unions and socialism

• Protests

• Guns

• Jazz songs pre-1920 and other music

• The rise of the flapper

• Fashion

Have you heard of the “hobble skirt?” I think it might be worse than the corset. Also, the first bra was created out of two hankerchiefs.

• The Flu Epidemic of 1918

I have been legitimately scarred by what I’ve learned. Absolutely terrible, and I don’t understand why no one talks about it.

• Farming

• Housewives

• And finally, my own family history. Hello notorious distant cousins.


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