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Footnote #2: A Literary Journal of History by 30 Authors

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Footnote #2: A Literary Journal of History
43 pieces by 30 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 second issue of our annual literary publication contains 43 works of poetry, maps, photographs, fiction, essays, articles, and nonfiction by 30 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.

In this issue, you’ll meet Jack the Ripper, Fanny Hooe, Jesse James, Geronimo, Lewis & Clark, Nikolai Vavilov, and the crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald. You’ll learn of the catastrophic Hartley Colliery mining disaster, the woman who went over Niagara Falls in a barrel, the lost language of the Clatsop, harvesting sugar beets during World War II, how Commonwealth Indians were treated during World War I, and the costs of artistic patronage. You’ll discover what Dorothy was like during the Great Depression and how Lucile Fitch gave birth to an atomic bomb. Writers speak about deafness, queerness, and birth control in the face of Margaret Sanger’s and Alexander Graham Bell’s abhorrent eugenics rants, alongside the effects of the Oklahoma City bombing, erasure poems of Jules Verne, and the sacrifices of historical witchcraft.

The Featured Writer, Holly M. Wendt, mines 18th-century New England newspapers for responses to clippings about lost items, weeks at sea, feminism, and transporting lions. Her work is showcased next to the winners and finalists for the 2016 Charter Oak Award for Best Historical.

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2016 Charter Oak Award Winners for Best Historical

1st Place: “Michigan Sugar Beet Harvest, 1944” by Mary Buchinger
2nd Place: “Your Bonnet” by Raymond Luczak
3rd Place: “Salt” by Holly M. Wendt

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About Footnote 2

• Historical Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Photographs
• Published by Alternating Current Press
• 5½” x 8½” Perfectbound Trade Paperback
• Cream Paper, 136 Pages
• Print ISBN-13: 978-1-946580-04-7
• Print ISBN-10: 1-946580-04-X
• First Edition: October 2016
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Authors in Footnote #2

• Cynthia Anderson
• Leah Angstman
• Charles Bane, Jr.
• Alexander Graham Bell
• Garrett J. Brown
• Mary Buchinger
• Alan Catlin
• William Clark
• John Paul Davies
• Gary Every
• Tyler Gillespie
• Emily Kiernan
• Tricia Knoll
• Llanwyre Laish
• Alexis Larkin
• Phillip Larrea
• Meriwether Lewis
• Raymond Luczak
• Yasmin Khan Murgai
• GennaRose Nethercott
• John Ordway
• Jennifer Roche
• Francine Rubin
• Margaret Sanger
• Jon Sindell
• Henry Stimson
• John Vicary
• Sir Charles Warren
• Holly M. Wendt
• Rodney Wilhite

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