Jennifer Ostwinkle

About Jennifer

Jenni Ostwinkle studied environmental and agricultural history at Harvard University. She now wears many hats, even though she's not really a hat person.

The instructions may have struck some as curious, but it was no typo. The strange truth was confirmed by a tiny illustration. There it was: a recipe for homemade fudge, shared with countless readers in a cookbook series trusted by farm women for years. And the instructions suggested cooking the fudge in the microwave. But… MORE

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Patricia Nelson Limerick isn’t setting out to discredit Frederick Jackson Turner as an historian and scholar. And it isn’t that she believes his influential “Frontier Thesis” was without merit. On the contrary, she describes Turner as a “scholar with intellectual courage, an innovative spirit, and a forceful writing style” whose thesis served a purpose in… MORE

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The recent release of the History Channel’s original mini-series The Hatfields and the McCoys has sparked renewed interested in this epic family feud, as well as other feuds in American history. But what makes this story so enduring? What is fact and what is legend? How does the Hatfield-McCoy saga fit into the context of its… MORE

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