Did President Lincoln Really Want to Set Up a Colony for Former Slaves?

Yes, President Lincoln had suggestions for building colonies outside the United States for freed slaves. President Lincoln originally wanted the emancipation of slaves to be gradual. He wanted to offer southern farmers financial incentives in exchange for freeing their slaves and had plans in mind to send these freed slaves to new colonies, designed for their new lives outside the United States. The Civil War broke out in 1862. Suellen Ocean is the author of the Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black Pansy. Available in print from Amazon and at Smashwords in a variety of formats, including computer:

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Anyone Else Having Downton Abbey Dreams?

Last weekend my husband and I watched the whole second season of Downton Abbey in less than 24 hours. We really enjoy the show, stopping it often to make comments and to try to guess where the plot may be headed. I appreciate all the characters, all the actors are superb, I especially appreciate Bates but my husband is infuriated by him, wishing he would finally stand up and quit getting pushed around. And Thomas is what writers call an “attractive bad guy.” Isn’t he terrible? After watching all those hours of an English historical drama, my dreams were all of Downton Abbey. My dog woke me twice and each time I fell back to sleep, my dreams were of Downton Abbey. I look forward to watching season three.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black Pansy.

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First Butterflies & Bees, Now Ladybugs… Yes!

Last year, when I planted fava beans I had a lot of butterflies and bees enjoying the flowers. This year, the fava have grown taller than myself and they’re loaded with bright red ladybugs. As most gardeners know, ladybugs are a friend in the garden. They eat unwanted insects and I believe they collected on the favas to eat aphids. Fava beans fix nitrogen into the soil through little nodules in their roots. You can’t go wrong with using favas as a “cover crop.” Of course you can eat the fava beans as well.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:


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Meanwhile… Back at the Ranch…

Meanwhile… back at the ranch… I took time off to finish my novel, “Black Pansy.” It’s time to return to my blogs and my real life, whatever that means. I enjoyed writing the story that takes place at the outbreak of the Civil War and have begun work on my next historical novel. Thanks to all who take the time to read my blogs and books! Suellen Ocean

Here’s the description of “Black Pansy:”

Mabel McCrutchon has a touch of black blood running through her veins but not enough to cause her trouble… until the Civil War breaks out. In this historical romance, Mabel McCrutchon is a beautiful and brilliant “clerk” at the Pittsburgh News Herald, but in actuality she’s the ghost writer behind the region’s most popular novel, which the editor of the newspaper takes credit for, until it’s discovered that he is not the author. Mabel accepts an invitation from wealthy philanthropist, Charles Churchill, to venture into the Deep South, where she’ll confront the ghosts of her past and the reality of slavery. Mabel’s humble, respectable Scots-Irish family is pleased with Mabel’s relationship with Charles, but the illustrious Connecticut Churchill’s who pride themselves in English relations to the Duke of Marlborough and England’s Royal family, are anything but.

Mabel McCrutchon has a front row seat on Civil War America’s racial politics, changing social norms, family values and shrinking dinner tables. The new railroads reach into America’s heartland, photography is all the rage and Mabel McCrutchon catches it all, boldly exposing the new America.

The Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black Pansy.

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