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
• 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
• Jazz songs pre-1920 and other music
• The rise of the flapper
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.
• And finally, my own family history. Hello notorious distant cousins.