Decorating your Home with Books – Part 2

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“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” — Dr Seuss. Many people love books. They love reading stories, getting lost in the characters, transporting to a new world and relaxing with a nice book in their hands. For all the avid readers out there, bring your love of novels to your home by decorating your safe haven with them. Yes, books are for more than just reading. To learn how you can use books as decor items in your home, keep scrolling.


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Decorating your Home with Books – Part 1

Calling all book lovers. Books are not only for reading or getting lost in the story, but you can also use them as decor pieces. Take some of your favorite novels or ones you find out on your adventures and place them strategically in your house. For more ways to learn how to do this, keep scrolling to learn how to decorate your home with books.

Style with Flowers

 Want a classy or sophisticated way of displaying the books in your home? Then, try styling them with flowers. You can stack books on top of each other and then add a vase of flowers on top, or you can even incorporate the flowers into the book. No matter what you do, flowers always add extra elegance to every novel and room.

Frame Books

A cool way to display your favorite, signed, antique, vintage or collectible books is to frame them in shadow boxes or picture frames. Frames are a great way to show everyone the most important books in your life as well as adding character to your home. Before buying the frames, make sure to measure the depth, length and width of each book to find the right size frame.


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Private Railroad Travel in the United States

Although trains can sometimes be seen as a more antiquated form of travel, the fact is that millions of Americans ride the rails every year. Amtrak, the largest railroad company in the country, estimates that roughly 87,000 people use their trains daily.

However, while most Americans are used to sitting next to strangers and dealing with cramped luggage compartments, a select few get to ride a more dignified way – by private railcar. In this article, we’re going to discuss the ins and outs of personal railroad travel in the United States. If you’ve ever dreamed of having complete privacy on a train, these cars are unlike anything you’ve experienced before. (more…)

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U.S. War Plan Black

US-War-Plan-BlackIn the world of historical fiction, one subset that has always been popular is the “what if” scenario. Wars are an intriguing starting point for these stories, as it can be fun to go down the rabbit hole of alternate endings. What if Germany won World War II? What if the U.S. ceded the South to the Confederacy? What if the South had won at Gettysburg?

Beyond the big questions, we have a slew of smaller “what if” conflicts, thanks to now-defunct drafts of war plans. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, many of the European powers, as well as America, developed plans in case of an attack by various nations or empires. While we could spend countless hours diving into the different plans drawn up, today we’re going to discuss one in particular: war plan Black. (more…)

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U.S. War Plan Orange

US-War-Plan-OrangeWar Plan Orange was part of a series of color-coordinated contingency plans. War Plan Orange was specifically outlined by the United States in preparation for fighting a war against Japan alone. Though this plan was first outlined in 1919, it actually served as a template that the United States forces would use during World War II.

Plan Orange formed the foundation for the actual campaign against Japan in World War II and included a pre-war economic blockade of Japan that the U.S. imposed and the plans for interning the Japanese-American population living in the mainland U.S.


Before the U.S. Color Coded War Plans

Early on in our history, the U.S. had prepared plans to deal with a plethora of potential global adversaries. The early war planning agencies were the U.S. Army Academy (West Point) and the U.S. Naval Academy as well. They served as some of the primary war colleges from 1890-1939. It was actually in 1903 that the Joint Army and Navy Board was created to help facilitate better arrangements for the two services working together, on a united front. (more…)

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Opposition to US Involvement in World War II Prior to Pearl Harbor – Part 2 of 2

Opposition to US Involvement in World War II, Pacifists, Mohandas K. Gandhi’s, Socialism and the War, Joseph Stalin, Communism

Though few think of what World War II would have been like without the US’s role in the war, there was a time when the US was in consideration over whether or not they would get involved. The truth is that before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, the American leaders and forces were conflicted over whether they should jump in or if they would be better off staying out of it.

Even with the war expanding into parts of Asia and Europe during the late ’30s and early ’40s, there wasn’t a clear consensus on what the US would decide to do until they were attacked by Japan.

In fact, there were so many factions and groups that were partially or completely opposed to participating in the war at all, both inside and outside of the US. Making the decision to jump into the war was not taken lightly by any of the countries and nations that were either directly or indirectly impacted by World War II. (more…)

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No War: How the Public Opposed U.S. Intervention in WW2 – Part 1 of 2

These days, it’s hard to imagine a time when the United States didn’t want to participate in World War 2. Considering how much time, effort, money, and blood we invested in the war, one might assume that we were always ready for a fight.

However, if it weren’t for the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941, the U.S. may not have entered the conflict, at least, not until later. While Roosevelt understood the need for American intervention in Europe and Asia, the general public was mostly opposed to fighting someone else’s war.

In this two-part series, we want to look at some of the reasons for this anti-war sentiment pre-Pearl Harbor. While there were many different variables, the primary sources of opposition were: (more…)

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