Articles

The Coal Miner's Daughter

My 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 I explore the impact of her signature tune and the significance of Lynn herself. 

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About Me — Holley Snaith

This article is part of my own story. In it, I share how my passion for history began and the amazing places I have worked, as well as some of the trials I have faced as a young professional branching out on her own. This is "about me" - Holley Snaith.

Learning From Lucy

Growing up, I Love Lucy was, without question, my favorite show. As I got older and began to research "the Queen of Comedy" Lucille Ball, I discovered that there was so much more to this beloved comedienne. This article explores some important life lessons I learned from Lucy. 

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Pat Nixon: Indefatigable First Lady

When I worked at the Richard Nixon Foundation, I had the privilege of researching Pat Nixon, a first lady who, I believe, is vastly underrated and underappreciated. This article I published on Medium explores some of Mrs. Nixon's accomplishments, such as the White House renovation project, her trips overseas, and more.

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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Audrey Meadows: Baby, You’re the Greatest 

When I 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 me. When I was offered the opportunity to write short eBooks on well-known figures in history, she was the first one I chose to write on. 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. 

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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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.

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, I 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 my article published on Medium.

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The “Woman Motorist of the Century”: Alice Huyler Ramsey’s Monumental Drive Across the United States

This article on the brave and bold Alice Huyler Ramsey is my second one published on the Herstory Club's blog. Ramsey made history in 1909 when she became the first woman to drive across the continental United States. Read more about her monumental adventure!

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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"The First Lady of the Struggle": The Remarkable Mary McLeod Bethune

Having studied Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Mary McLeod Bethune was a name I came across numerous times in my research. What I did not know was her own remarkable story, from her upbringing in South Carolina to her passion for education and her bold political moves that put her life at risk. Learn more about the founder of Bethune-Cookman College.

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

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

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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, I explore the early years of Sinatra and his career, from his upbringing in Hoboken to his early days playing with the Tommy Dorsey Band.

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 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.

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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The Making of a President

In this article, I take a look 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.

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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