Voices in History: Nonfiction

These books and monographs present first-person views into American and world history.

We Were Walimu Once and YoungWe Were Walimu Once and Young - Goddard, ed.
E. Brooks Goddard, ed.
Personal stories from the Teachers for East Africa (TEA) and Teacher Education for East Africa (TEEA) experience.  Written 50 years later, or taken from letters sent home at the time, these stories describe student and village life, adventures with flora and fauna and food, and journeys to explore remote parts of East Africa.

A Teacher in East Africa A Teacher in East Africa - Moses Howard
by Moses L. Howard
Learning from the first free students in Uganda in the 1960s:
Dr. Moses Howard describes his experiences as an African-American lecturer from Mississippi who came to spend ten years as a teacher in Uganda, beginning first as a Fulbright Scholar in 1961.


Journey into Gold Country - Ralph BuckinghamJourney Into Gold Country: Memories of a Forty-Nine
Ralph Buckingham’s memoir describes an East Coast younger son’s adventures in Gold Rush country. Newly edited with a foreword by Charles Barker, a great-great-grandson of Ralph Buckingham; includes genealogy of the historic Buckingham family.


A Boy from Wannaska - Marjorie MortensenA Boy from Wannaska: Growing Up in Northern Minnesota, 1915-1945
by Marjorie Wright Mortensen
Sparkling tales from a northern Minnesota farming community, where first-generation Scandinavian immigrants built new lives in modern America at the turn of the century. More information and related audio files at A Boy from Wannaska web site.


A Girl from Sellwood - Marjorie MortensenA Girl from Sellwood: Growing up in the Twenties in Portland, Oregon
by Marjorie Wright Mortensen
Daily life stories, including extensive genealogy of the historic Brewster and Barrell families of New England, as well as the author’s Wright and Tozier ancestry.