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K.P. Kollenborn
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Although writing can help decipher history, it’s our humanity which keeps all of us striving for an improved future.
Although writing can help decipher history, it’s our humanity which keeps all of us striving for an improved future.

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Bound Out: Children as Indentured Servants
We’re going to briefly revisit the practice of indentured bondage. Although the comparison of slavery and indentured bondage is far from being balanced, and not by any means equal to the experiences, there is no debate about that, however these two intuitio...
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Earl Dee Buster: Grandson of John Milton who was indentured out as a child in 1844
by Sharon Kay Welch Blankenship      When I first began thinking of writing about the Buster family I realized I look at them almost as an oddity, the family was almost too good to be true. They seemed to always get along; they all loved each other, and the...
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Virginia Buster Martinez
Virginia lived to be almost 100 years old, just shy of six months of hitting her century marker.  Born on August 20, 1866 in Virginia, she died on February 28, 1966 in El Paso, Texas. *Recited by great-grandson Ron F. Hagquist In the early 1870's a wagon tr...
Virginia Buster Martinez
Virginia Buster Martinez
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Where The Bleep Did That Curse Word Come From?
We all have our favorite curse words to use when we're feeling angry, frustrated, upset, excited, surprised. Curse words provide a lot when it comes to expressing emotion. But, where did those filthy (yet cathartic) expressions come from?  Well, we took a d...
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La Malinche - harlot or heroine?
"La Malinche." Slave, interpreter, secretary, mistress, mother of the first "Mexican." her very name still stirs up controversy. Many Mexicans continue to revile the woman called Doña Marina by the Spaniards and La Malinche by the Aztecs, labeling her a tra...
La Malinche - harlot or heroine?
La Malinche - harlot or heroine?
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South Africa was a police state as brutal and oppressive as any. How the Water Falls tells the story of civil war and the collapse of apartheid through the viewpoints of several diverse characters. Lena was half Bantu, half Xhosa. While attending school she wrote articles and rallied for change. Joanne was of English extraction and worked for an English language newspaper. She was surprised to take a call from Jared, a Boer, who was also a notorious disgraced soldier. Lena’s efforts earned her a beating and gang rape in police headquarters. The revelation that Jared gave to Joanne, which censorship quashed for five years, not only unveiled a massacre of women and children, but also implicated a high-ranking police official, Jared’s brother. Unfortunately, the fallout from it tore apart the lives and families of everyone involved.

How the Water Falls unmasks the bloody state of affairs when the majority of a population is subjugated to the very brink of slavery. Without rights, the black tribes remained banished to squalid, impoverished townships, having to seek white approval to move or even to remain with family. The horrors described in this chilling account are hard for the mind of a twenty-first century American to comprehend. K.P. Kollenborn’s prose is unique, and the South African dialect is at times a trifle dense. The reader is, however, compelled by the sheer scope of the mayhem contained herein to ride the wave of madness to its uncertain conclusion. Historical fiction ought always to educate. The message here is a vital warning about the perils of repressive government that has been ignored time and time again throughout human history.
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Freedom for California’s Indians
BY STACEY L. SMITH   APRIL 29, 2013 On April 27, 1863, nearly five months after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, California abolished its system of forced apprenticeship for American Indians. Under the apprenticeship provision...
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Freedom for California’s Indians
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Who was Isabel de Olvera?
A free woman of African descent living in Querétaro, Mexico, Isabel de Olvera joined a relief expedition to the recently colonized province of New Mexico in 1600.  She would travel as a servant to a Spanish woman.  Little is known about Olvera, except for a...
Who was Isabel de Olvera?
Who was Isabel de Olvera?
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