Historians remind us that history repeats itself, and following thousands of hours of research while writing my sagas focused on the founding of the United States, it has become clear that similarities from the past do manifest into current events. The current Impeachment Proceedings is a prime example, and regardless of one’s political leanings, I contend that all need to be concerned.
Prior to the American Revolution, British Parliament established Vice-Admiralty Courts in Boston, Philadelphia, Charleston and Nova Scotia. These courts were used to try charges against colonists for “sedation” against the Crown. They were definitely what we might classify as “Kangaroo Courts”. The judges were the jurors, and witnesses against those charged were permitted to offer hearsay evidence, remained unidentified to the defendant and could not be cross examined by the defendant. Because of this, it became imperative to our founding fathers to write into the Constitution (within the Bill of Rights) that hearsay evidence cannot be used to convict and that a defendant has an absolute right to cross examine those who accuse and bring forth testimony against him.
We now have a proceeding against the President within a committee of the House of Representatives where the committee conducts itself much the same as the Vice-Admiralty Courts of the eighteenth century did. During modern history, I contend that only one other time has Congress violated protections afforded by the Constitution as blatantly as is now occurring. After damage was done, members came to their senses and censured Senator Joseph McCarthy. Can we expect history to repeat itself?
“Cursed by Bias Diplomacy”, the second book in “The Don’t Tread on Me Sagas” has just released through Amazon. It is available in paperback and Kindle formats. The link for Kindle format is http://amazon.com/dp/b07xcxyjp7. This is the fifth novel by Terry Wilson that continues his writing about significant cultural and historic events masked by a costume of fiction.
The first chapter of Saga 2 of a novel depicting the founding of the United States may be read on my site, https://terrywilsonsite.com by clicking the “Work in Progress” tab. ENVISIONING INDEPENDENCE: DON’T TREAD ON ME ~ SAGA 2, a continuation of GENESIS OF MARTYRS: DON’T TREAD ON ME ~ SAGA 1, is anticipated to release in the first half of 2019.
My review of a book worth reading: FOUNDING MARTYR: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF DR. JOSEPH WARREN, THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION’S LOST HERO, by Christian Di Spigna, Biography, 299 pages, ISBN: 978-0-553-41932-0
Exceptional, Interesting and an Easy Read
Many a man helped ignite the American Revolution. Sam and John Adams, John Hancock, John Lamb, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin… all were among the major players, but based on my own research, Doctor Joseph Warren was the prime mover providing the inspiration bringing the war to fruition. I obtained a copy of FOUNDING MARTYR to further my research for the writing of the second of a multi saga set of historical novels of the events leading to the founding of the United States. Research already completed identified the importance of Dr. Warren, but I was in need of additional information. Writing historical novels requires giving voice to the players in as accurate a fashion as possible. Many of the patriots’ character and voice can be determined from thousands of pages of documents (letters, diaries, broadsides) these men wrote. For Doctor Warren I have found few, and this book by Christian Di Spigna has provided me the insight I desired. As a plus the book is well written and a very enjoyable read.
I just completed a week of enjoyable interaction with readers at two separate events in McCormick, South Carolina.
On Thursday evening about two dozen attended an Authors Night including a Book Signing at the McCormick County Library. My talk focused on the research for my recently released historical novel, Genesis of Martyrs: Don’t Tread on Me ~ Saga 1. I believe those who attended enjoyed the evening…. the interaction during and after my talk was lively. I know I enjoyed the evening.
On Saturday, even with Hurricane Florence threatening, downtown McCormick held its annual Gold Rush Festival. Many who evacuated the coast and traveled inland took refuge in our community and attended the festival. They watched the parade, visited the attractions… including a table at which I discussed and sold books. I enjoyed meeting many interesting people including the brother-in-law of a friend I haven’t seen for about thirty years…. when I lived in Ohio.