In March, Bygone Babes’ inaugural month, contributors examined early influences on why they decided to pursue history as a field of expertise and career, in the “Why History?” series
Recently, I found an old box of books, stored for years in my parent’s attic. Rummaging through the box of my childhood keepsakes and notebooks, I found my collection of Dear America books. Dear America is a series of young adult historical fiction books written from the perspective of teenage girls. Each novel, written in the form of a diary, follows a different girl at various moments of American history. Serving as witnesses to historical events, these girls share their thoughts and feelings about what is happening around them. This series was my first experience with history and the historical fiction genre and hold a special place in my heart. The Dear America series helped me overcome challenges with reading and guided my consciousness as young reader and later as a historian.