Eunice Boeve

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Hate/Prejudice Posted 1/3/17

The Angel Behind "It's a Wonderful Life" posted 11/30/16

"A Poll" - Which Would You Rather Be? Posted Nov 9, 2016

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The Hostage's Daughter (The Church of the Locked Door, part II) posted 9-4-16

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Meg Justus, author of Repeating History http://mmjustus.blogspot.com/ Also see quick links on my Home page for Meg's website Posted 3/1/12

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A Native American Tale posted April, 2011

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Title: A Nez Perce Heroine -Lewis and Clark: Posted Jan. 2010

Title: Our Immigrant Ancestors - The SS Zaandam: Posted Dec. 29, 2009

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"A Poll" - Which Would You Rather Be?

November 9, 2016

Tags: Wounded Knee, War Between the States, William Quantrill, Orphan Train, Child Labor Laws, minimum wage

Blog : Nov 2016
I write historical fiction and because my stories need to be true to the times, I research that part of the past where my characters will live for the duration of the story. I’ve heard so many people say our world, our America, is in terrible shape and getting more so all the time. So I thought for this blog I’d do a kind of poll and ask, if you had a chance to leave this “troubled world” of the present and go back in time to what is often thought of as a kinder, gentler time, which one of the ten people listed below would you choose to live in his or her time period and in his or her skin.
1. A man involved in the early slave trade—sailing the ship loaded with cargo from Africa because you can make good money selling those black people.
2. A woman in prison with Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, beaten, fed slop, and called a traitor and declared insane all because you wanted the right to vote.
3. A man on the battlefield in the War Between the States, Americans killing Americans, because they can’t settle their differences peacefully.
4. A woman living in Lawrence, Kansas in 1863 and William Quantrill and his gang are savagely looting, killing, and burning in the name of unity with the South, and your husband and teenage son are gunned down, your house torched, your younger children screaming in grief and fear.
5. A teenage black girl living in an all white school in the middle of rural Kansas back in 1947 who went with your classmates to an out of town ball game and when they stopped to eat, the restaurant personnel refused to serve you because you are black.
6. A man with the US Calvary killing old men, women, and children at Wounded Knee, because you justified your actions by the old adage of the times that the only good Indian was a dead Indian.
7. A child, age 10, working in a factory all day long for very low wages for there is no child labor laws or minimum wage.
8. An old couple who have worked all their lives, slowly dying because they are too old and infirm to work and have no income for there is no social security, no welfare.
9. A boy taken off an orphan train in the Midwest and picked by a couple in the guise of wanting a son but who are mean and deprived because there is no such thing as a background check.
10. A German man and an America citizen who is ostracized during WWII by his own townspeople who have sons fighting over seas, even though he also has a son fighting alongside theirs.
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I'm currently reading a history of the Pawnee aptly titled The Pawnee Indians by George E. Hyde. It was first published in 1951. I visited the Pawnee Indian Museum near Republic, Ks and got hooked. :-)

Comments

  1. November 10, 2016 10:14 AM EST
    Of course, I would not choose any of these ten ......BUT with God's help we will NOT let history repeat itself! Thanks for making me aware of how good I had it as a child of the "40"s! Dirt poor....... BUT I didn't know that, as love was plentiful! Hope you get lots of comments, Eunie!
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    - Carol T.
  2. November 10, 2016 10:26 AM EST
    Thanks Carol. Sounds like your childhood was rich with the best kind of rich a child can have.
    - Eunice Boeve
  3. November 10, 2016 11:10 AM EST
    I have never been one to think other times were the "good old times," and certainly would not want to be any of these folks. But I must admit, though my teenage years were troubled by my mother's illness and other family problems, the 50s SEEMED to be a simpler time. And the late 50s and early 60s,when we thought that Russia might Atom bomb us any minute, were frightening be very free. I think that we have to have faith, try to live a faith driven life, and make the best of any time we live in. Although, right now, with a new President Trump about to take office, I am as afraid for our country as I've ever been.
    - Marilyn Hope Lake
  4. November 10, 2016 1:00 PM EST
    Thanks, Marilyn, for your comments. I'd forgotten (temporarily) about the a-bomb scare where kids in schools were taught to duck under their desk and cover your head, and bomb shelters were installed in community buildings, and the GOC towers were built and manned by even me, a teenager who wouldn't know a Russian plane if she saw one.
    - Eunice Boeve
  5. November 10, 2016 4:44 PM EST
    One of the hurdles we face, and perhaps have always faced, is that people don't study history and therefore they repeat the mistakes of the past. Even when history is taught, it is through contemporary eyes. Instead of lambasting those who came before us for their beliefs and prejudices, we would be better served to look at historical events through the eyes of those who lived them. Perhaps there would be less judging and more understanding on our part. I wonder what students 100 years from now will think of the history that we ourselves are making. And will they understand where we're coming from in this day and time without the advantage of hindsight that they will have? Will they despise us, or will they try to understand the obstacles we face and fear as we try to lay out a good future for ourselves, and ultimately for them.
    - Linda Sandifer
  6. November 10, 2016 6:40 PM EST
    Unless we read about the past and the lives those people lived, we cannot know that life and America has never been perfect and never will be, even if our presidential hopefuls espouse a campaign of Make America Great Again. Speaking of presidential candidates, I guess Jefferson and Adams way back when tossed about some pretty heavy words at each other. :-)
    - Eunice Boeve
  7. November 15, 2016 10:07 PM EST
    Great question, Eunie. Of course I wouldn't choose to live in any of those situations unless I felt I could do some good and fight against those things, just as I guess I'll be fighting against a few things in the coming years. I was once out riding with a friend and I said I wished I had lived in the 1800s when everyone rode horseback, and my friend really laced into me. She asked, how do I know I'd be riding horseback; maybe I'd be a servant, or a woman forced to sell herself to survive. Let's just pray we don't revert to the constraints of earlier times.
    - Andrea Downing
  8. November 15, 2016 11:54 PM EST
    There was no perfect time to live in the world, but some times were better than others, depending of course on where you lived in the world, But that too depended on the circumstances of your individual life. Thanks, Andrea.
    - Eunice Boeve
  9. November 17, 2016 10:34 AM EST
    I agree that I would not of wanted to of had to suffer as those had to on the list. Every generation has its heroes and villains, the suffering and the privileged. No matter when we were put on this earth we experience situations of grief and joy. We as humans live in a duel world where we think the past was the best of times and the present is the worst and the future is frightening. Any kind of change causes people to become uncomfortable most of us do not like the unknown but each and every one of us gets up every day and have to face whatever obstetrical is placed in our way we either overcome or become defeated to the situation. There is evidence of this throughout our history like Rosa Parks, The students killed at Pen State and so on, We need to cherish what we have, let go of what has been and look forward to what could be. I am grateful that I live now and do not have to do the laundry in the creek on a rock.
    - Laura Cunningham
  10. November 17, 2016 10:46 AM EST
    I'm with you, Laura. Especially that doing my laundry on a rock in the creek.:-) Joking aside, we people are, as you note, pretty much the same and always have been. I like your "cherish your life now..." Otherwise we waste it. Right?
    - Eunice Boeve