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Nancy Rubin Stuart
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http://www.nancyrubinstuart.com Nancy Rubin Stuart has written for the New York Times, , the New England Quarterly, American History magazine and other national publications. An award-winning author and journalist,, she specializes in social trends, women's history and biography. Nancy's books include The New Suburban Woman: Beyond Myth and Motherhood; The Mother Mirror: How a Generation of Women Is Changing
Motherhood in America
; Isabella of Castile: The First Renaissance Queen ; American Empress: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post; The Reluctant Spiritualist: The Life of Maggie Fox and The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren..

Nancy has also written for A & E Network, Court TV and HGTV. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Cape Cod Writers Center. Her latest bookDefiant Brides was published in April 2013 and will appear in paperback in March 2014.

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A Founding Mother on Women's History Month

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 12:53 PM

Perhaps it's no coincidence that the month of March, named after Mars, the Roman god of war, is widely recognized as Women's History Month. While women are rarely battle-hungry, the war between the sexes has continued to transcend time, technology and tastes for generations.

A friend recently asked me...

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Historical Origins of Valentine's Day

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 9:52 AM

So you're in love? Or think you are? And wonder why? As it happens, the origins of Valentine's Day on Feb. 14 are as mysterious and unpredictable as love itself.

No one knows for certain how that date became linked to romantic love. The Catholic Encyclopedia indicates...

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A Birdbrained Approach to Income Inequities

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 3:17 PM

Pity our feathered friends in the dead of winter. No worms, seeds or bugs. Their nests, chick-worn and thinned by autumn winds, have long since been abandoned. Water supplies, so readily available in the warmer months, have iced over. Nevertheless winter is thanksgiving time for predatory hawks and owls, for...

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Modern Marriage Advice From Two Historic Brides

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 2:59 PM

Wedding season is upon us. Are you getting ready to walk down the aisle in a few weeks? Are you newly engaged? Or are you thinking of taking the marital plunge with that wonderful man in your life?

Before you say "I Do" here's some timeless wisdom from two...

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Why Write Women's History?

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 11:01 AM

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique and Women's History Month, the television documentary Makers: Women Who Make America provided a valuable retrospective on the second wave of feminism.

Seven years after Friedan's book appeared, many American women remained ambivalent...

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Influenza: The Fast-Track Virus

(3) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 12:56 PM

Achoo! Is it a cold, the creeping crud or the flu? If the last of these, you're among the thousands who've fallen victim to the influenza epidemic ravaging the nation this winter. At this writing, the Centers for Disease Control reports that 47 states have reported widespread cases...

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Rites and Lights of the Winter Solstice

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 5:18 PM

Friday, December 21st marks the winter solstice, a time when the North Pole tilts furthest away from the sun at 23.5 degrees, producing the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere. In the United States the sun will shine for less than ten hours on Friday: in New York City nine...

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Thanksgiving and the National Bird

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 11:40 AM

What would Thanksgiving be without a traditional turkey dinner? The holiday is so closely associated with that native American bird that some vegetarians celebrate our national holiday with a tofurky, made from organic tofu and wheat protein.

The wild turkey ( meleagris gallopavo) is a unique North American species, a...

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The Hybrid Halloween Witch of 2012

(2) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 12:06 PM

For generations, we have delighted in the wicked antics of the green-faced, long-nosed Halloween witch who flies upon her broom past a bat-filled moon on October 31. Halloween wouldn't be the same without her. The Halloween witch is a beloved symbol of the season, a darling of the dark side,...

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Literary Treasures: The American Antiquarian Society at 200

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 4:10 PM

At a moment when cultural trend-watchers are predicting the imminent demise of the traditional book in lieu of digitization, the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) is honoring the strength of print as it celebrates its 200th anniversary. Founded in October 1812 in Worcester, Massachusetts by patriotic printer Isaiah Thomas (1749-1831) to...

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Columbus Day and the Arab Spring

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 11:45 AM

Five hundred and twenty years ago this weekend, Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic and discovered -- or, more accurately, "rediscovered" -- North America, a feat achieved several centuries earlier by Vikings and prehistorically by Siberian tribes crossing the land bridge to what is now Canada.

Many Americans may not...

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Shark Sightings from Cape Cod to Wall Street

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 10:59 AM

It happens every summer, reports of shark sightings off the shores of Cape Cod. This year, as in past summers, local authorities closed beaches in the towns of Chatham, Wellfleet and Truro. To some tourists, who looked forward to vacationing on the beaches of Cape Cod, this was...

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House Guest Season

(5) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 9:30 AM

It's July and suddenly you are more popular than you ever dreamed -- blessed with an abundance of off-Cape friends and relatives who've arrived for a visit. Some you wanted to invite, planning their arrival carefully in consideration of your schedule and theirs. Others wheedled their way to your door...

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House Guest Season

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 9:30 AM

It's July and suddenly you are more popular than you ever dreamed -- blessed with an abundance of off-Cape friends and relatives who've arrived for a visit. Some you wanted to invite, planning their arrival carefully in consideration of your schedule and theirs. Others wheedled their way to your door...

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U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey Strives to Revive the "Ghost of History"

(3) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 3:59 PM

Without written records, the histories of past generations are quickly forgotten. As the author of "Herstories" - a biographical series of history's remarkable but often forgotten women who helped shape America -- I have long been intrigued with the neglected lives and emotions of those who lived before us.

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