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The Coal Miner's Daughter

Holley's first article published in American Heritage Magazine is on the one and only "Coal Miner's Daughter": Loretta Lynn. October of 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of the release of Lynn's classic song, and Holley explores the impact of her signature tune and the significance of Lynn herself. 

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DeFord Bailey: Country Music’s Lost ‘Harmonica Wizard’

The Historians Magazine 

DeFord Bailey is known as country music's 'Harmonica Wizard.' As the first Black member of the Grand Ole Opry, Bailey broke down racial barriers and made music history. Yet he also faced several obstacles in the Deep South because of the color of his skin. Learn more about his remarkable story in Holley's article for The Historians Magazine. She also talked with Opry member and Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie McCoy about how Bailey paved the way for harmonica players like him. 

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Two Is Better Than One

This article revisits the music of four legendary country music duos: Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn, George Jones & Tammy Wynette, and Kenny Rogers & Dottie West. Mandy Barnett, an incredibly talented artist, also added her own thoughts on what makes these duos so timeless.

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Dottie West: Raised on Country Sunshine

Dottie West was raised on country sunshine in the tiny community of Frog Pond in Tennessee. As a young girl, her dream was to sing on The Grand Ole Opry. Dottie's traveled some arduous roads, but she made history as the first female in country music to win a GRAMMY. This article tells the story of Dottie's incredible career as an esteemed singer-songwriter. Her granddaughter, Tess Frizzell, also shares the story of her 2022 single, "The Wrong One," which her grandmother began writing in the 1960s. 

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The Pride of Country Music

The great Charley Pride was known as the "Pride of Country Music" for many reasons. Learn how the son of sharecroppers born in the Jim Crow South broke through racial barriers to become a music icon.

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Why Loretta Lynn is the "Female Hank Williams" of Country Music

Owen Bradley, Loretta Lynn's longtime producer and collaborator, paid her the ultimate compliment as a songwriter by dubbing her the "Female Hank Williams." Learn more about Lynn's songwriting and her influence on country music in this article. Producer Steve Buckingham also shares insight on working with Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Tammy Wynette, and Lynn's grandson, Anthony Brutto, speaks about his role as the General Manager of the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

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No Dumb Blonde: Marilyn Monroe’s Bold Battle With Fox Studios

Marilyn Monroe was no dumb blonde. Exasperated by the studio's treatment of her and always insisting she play the ditzy blonde sex symbol, Monroe made the bold decision to take on the studio. Read more about her brave battle in this article.

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The Lonely Boy from Hoboken: The Early Years of Sinatra

When it comes to iconic names, Sinatra is at the top of the list. In this article, Holley explores the early years of Sinatra and his career, from his upbringing in Hoboken to his early days playing with the Tommy Dorsey Band.

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Audrey Meadows: Baby, You’re the Greatest 

When Holley lived in New York, watching The Honeymooners was a Saturday night staple, and the quick wit and perfect timing of Audrey Meadows made an undeniable impression on her. When she was offered the opportunity to write short eBooks on well-known figures in history, Holley chose to write on Audrey. As the wife of the CEO of Continental Airlines, she designed the interiors of widebody jets and befriended presidents and dignitaries. Learn more about the incredibly talented and unique Audrey Meadows in this eBook. 

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The Making of a President

In this article, Holley looks at Truman's early life in Independence, Missouri. The man who would become the 33rd President of the United States grew up with a loving, though often overprotective, mother and a firm father. Learn more about the trials and tribulations of his early life shaped Truman's character.

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Harry Truman: The Missouri Compromise

Harry Truman was not the Democratic Party bosses' first pick for vice president when an ailing President Franklin D. Roosevelt ran for a fourth term in 1944. Learn about his unexpected rise to the presidency in this article published on Medium.

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His Brother’s Keeper — The Early Years of John F. Kennedy

Like so many others, Holley has been fascinated by the Kennedy family for many years. When she began writing eBooks for in60Learning, one of the many bios she chose to write was on John F. Kennedy. Holley was surprised to learn about the early years of JFK and how his illnesses and the constant comparison to his older brother shaped him, personally and politically. Read more about the early years of our 35th president.

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Roosevelt and Churchill: Comradeship During Crisis

In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Prime Minister Winston Churchill paid a visit to President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House. His month-long stay resulted in some interesting stories and cemented the 20 century's most pivotal alliance. Read more about it in this article.

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How Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Responded to Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941...the date which will live in infamy. We know of those infamous words spoken by FDR the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked, but did you know that the president was not the first one to address the nation? Eleanor Roosevelt was. Learn more about how this remarkable couple rallied an anxious nation in the midst of crisis.

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The First Lady & The Contralto Singer

This is the story of two influential women who courageously confronted racism in the segregated south and made history. Although Eleanor Roosevelt and Marian Anderson came from two totally different backgrounds, they intuitively recognized their commonalities and dedicated their lives to achieving racial equality. Read more about Marian Anderson's historic performance at the Lincoln Memorial, and the first lady that made it happen.

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Moving Forward with Strong and Active Faith: FDR’s Final Words to the Nation

Having had the great fortune of interning at FDR's Little White House, Holley was thrilled to see the draft of FDR's undelivered Jefferson Day Address. These poignant words, Roosevelt's last, offer us a message of hope and faith during our own uncertain times. Explore these critical words in this article.

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How Alice Huyler Ramsey Became the “Woman Motorist of the Century”

On a rainy June day in 1909, a 22-year-old wife and mother from New Jersey left New York City to embark upon a historic journey. Holley shares the story of Alice Huyler Ramsey, who made history as the first woman to drive across the United States.

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Check Out Holley Snaith's Story

Holley was honored to have NashvilleVoyager Magazine feature her in their "Inspiring Stories" section. She sat down to talk with them about her work at presidential libraries, researching country music history, challenges she has faced, and what matters the most to her. Check out the interview. 

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About Me — Holley Snaith

This article is part of Holley's own story. In it, she shares how her passion for history began and the amazing places she has worked, as well as some of the trials she faced as a young professional branching out on her own.

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