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Footnote #3: A Literary Journal of History by 24 Authors

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Footnote #3: A Literary Journal of History
45 pieces by 24 authors

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Foot•note (fŏŏt’nōt') n. 1. A note placed at the bottom of a page of a book or manuscript that comments on or cites a reference for a designated part of the text. 2. Something related to but of lesser importance than a larger work or occurrence. 3. A kickass literary journal of history-themed work that will make you rethink how you view history.

The third issue of our annual literary publication contains 45 works of poetry, photographs, fiction, essays, articles, and nonfiction by 24 authors about various historical topics. Within these pages, you will find contemporary outlooks on history right alongside little-known public domain works that feel as fresh and as vibrant (and as scary) as if they were written today. Here, the old meets the new, and you’ll discover fascinating history from a personal, nonscholarly literary approach.

This issue may be our most disturbing, intimate, and deeply personal yet, bringing forward challenging ethical questions and moral dilemmas of our past, and imbuing them with modern sensitivities. In this issue, you’ll meet Lord Byron, Ota Benga, Mary Shelley, John Clare, Fanny and Joshua Chamberlain, and an aviator who couldn’t match wits with the Wright Brothers. You’ll go hunting on an 1800s kangaroo safari, graverobbing with Resurrection Men, and exploring the history of the theater and Tennessee Williams through the eyes of 9/11 New York. You’ll hop from ghost towns to Fort Clatsop to Paxton, Illinois, to England to mourn the downfall of old abbeys and long-urbanized California byways. You’ll learn of the horrors of human zoos, slavery, gynecological experiments on enslaved women, McCarthyism, and Jewish persecution, from the Rhineland Massacres of the Middle Ages, to Budapest in World War II. And we’ll add on to history’s endless list of women who never got their due, from female artists such as Kay Sage, Baroness Elsa von Freytag Loringhoven, and Leonora Carrington, to the nurses of the World War I Red Cross.

Our first Featured Writer, Toby Buckley, takes us from mythical mummies to Victorian ladies to the Radium Girls, with a dash of Louisa Ulrika’s cabinet conspiracies. Our second Featured Writer, Joyce Schmid, travels from Gloucester Beach to Stanford University to the mining excavations of an Athenian agora well that turned up the bones of 450 dead babies, before making a quick stop with Fyodor Dostoevsky in front of the firing squad. Their work is showcased next to the winners and finalists for the 2017 Charter Oak Award for Best Historical.

Content warnings: slavery, menstruation and gynecological experimentation, Jewish persecution, graphic hunting, human zoos

2017 Charter Oak Award Winners for Best Historical

1st Place: “Baroness Elsa von Freytag Loringhoven & the Fountain” by Stacey Balkun
2nd Place: “Red Cross” by Kierstin Bridger
3rd Place: “Ancestors” by Laura Potts

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About Footnote 3

• Historical Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Photographs
• Published by Alternating Current Press
• 5½” x 8½” Perfectbound Trade Paperback
• Cream Paper, 140 Pages
• Print ISBN-13: 978-1-946580-12-2
• Print ISBN-10: Coming soon
• First Edition: October 2017
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Authors in Footnote #3

• Cynthia Anderson
• Jessie Atkin
• Stacey Balkun
• Sue Blaustein
• Carl Boon
• Kierstin Bridger
• Toby Buckley
• Lord Byron
• Tara Campbell
• Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
• John Clare
• Edward Helfers
• Christina Larocco
• David Lohrey
• John Chaiim McConnell
• Laura Potts
• Almah LaVon Rice
• Joyce Schmid
• Eric Shonkwiler
• Robert Louis Stevenson
• Gail Tyson
• Micah Vider
• Chavonn Williams Shen
• Felice Sea Wyndham

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