Hello again, history friend.

With my history book Embattled Freedom freshly minted by Sunbury Press, let me give you a few updates:

  • The BOOK LAUNCH PARTY is this Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Waverly Community House in lovely Waverly, Pa 18471. Waverly is the scene of so much of the book, plus is my boyhood hometown, so I’m honored to be hosted there. I’ll speak and sign books, and a few surprises are in store. All are welcome!
  • If you live in northeastern Pa. and can’t make it to the party, I’ll also give an author talk Friday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m., at the Library Express bookstore in the Steamtown Marketplace in central Scranton.
  • If you’re a Philly area friend, note that I’ll be giving an author talk on Wednesday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m., at the Narberth Book Shop, 221 Haverford Ave. in Narberth.
  • Check out the podcast of my Feb. 28 interview on WVIA, northeastern Pa.’s public radio station.

Finally, Here’s a new history nugget for you:

“With Malignant Heart.” In August 1863, as the first African Americans troops were being trained for combat in the Civil War, President Lincoln wrote, in a prescient letter to a friend, that when peace finally came,  “there will be some black men who can remember that, with silent tongue, and clenched teeth, and steady eye, and well-poised bayonet, they have helped mankind on to this great consummation; while, I fear, there will be some white ones, unable to forget that, with malignant heart, and deceitful speech, they have strove to hinder it.” History certainly bore him out.