Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Crooked Election? Perhaps. With Special Guest Donna Schlachter

Today we welcome special guest Donna Schlachter as she shares a historical tidbit about the setting of her book, The Physics of Love. 

With the current presidential race going on in the US, this seemed like an appropriate topic for a blog this month. In particular, I am looking at the election in 1948 whereby Newfoundland became the tenth province in Canada.

As with most elections, the losers claimed the process was rigged or somehow contrived to accomplish a result that wasn’t entirely legit. In particular, the Conservative Party felt certain that the best path for the island to take was to join the United States.

Newfoundland operated as a Dominion of the British Empire, and as such, didn’t have any local representative or responsible government until 1882, although England still had the final say.

When several provinces decided to meet in 1864 at the Charlottetown Conference, Newfoundland didn’t send any delegates, but did send two representatives later that year to the Quebec Conference.

Although Newfoundland was the first colony in the New World, it was among the last to decide its political future, a decision the island was forced into because of increased debt to the tune of about $40 million in the 1920’s. That may not sound like a lot of money now, but at the time, it was insurmountable.

However, prosperity returned during the 1940’s and World War II, because the US “rented” space on the island and poured millions of dollars into the economy. Once the war ended, though, problems soon returned. Requests for Britain to assist in retiring the national debt were declined, as Britain had enough debt of its own, and frankly, hoped Newfoundland would decide to join Canada. When the island turned to Canada for economic help, the country said it would not assist unless Newfoundland joined Confederation.
Newfoundland Flag

Enter Joseph R. Smallwood, a tough politician and future premier of the island. He wanted the island to join Canada. His opponent, Peter Cashin, believed an independent Newfoundland under responsible government was the best choice, while Chesley Crosby advocated for closer economic ties with the US, hoping this would propel the island to become a state.

As for the US, its only interest, as the Cold War neared, was to use the island as a strategic military base. In reality, because of the small population of Newfoundland, statehood wouldn’t likely have been offered, and the island probably wouldn’t have accepted being annexed as a territory. And Canada, while it didn’t see that Newfoundland’s participation in Confederation would benefit the country, it didn’t want to see the island become part of the US.

So when time came for the referendum, there were three choices on the ballot: union with Canada; restore responsible government; or continue the Commission of Government established in 1934.

The first referendum, held in June 1948, resulted in a near-tie between Confederation and responsible government. Because at least 50% was required, a second referendum was held in July 1948 in which Confederation was selected.

So was the referendum fixed? Perhaps, but not against Chesley Crosby and his pro-US supporters because union with the US was never on the ballot. However, a glance at the demographics of the voting shows that the residents of St. John’s, the capital city, and surrounding communities overwhelmingly voted for Confederation, and carried enough votes to win the day.

Which just goes to prove, as Laura says in The Physics of Love, “whatever St. John’s wants, St. John’s gets.” 

About the Author:

Donna writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is currently under contract with Barbour Books in a novella collection on the Pony Express. Donna loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter, and online at: www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com. Click here to subscribe to her free quarterly newsletter. Her books are available at Amazon.com in digital and print. Her next release in October is The Physics of Love: where the past, the present, and the future collide. Click here to purchase.

About Donna's Book:

The Physics of Love: where the past, the present, and the future collide.

A woman looking for love in all the wrong places; a boy-child looking for a forever family; and a man who finds everything he’s looking for. A poignant story of love, betrayal, loss, and coming of age in 1930’s Newfoundland.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Weekly Windup: Colonial Series Winner!

Weekly Windup

Happy Monday everyone, and welcome to this week's edition of the Weekly Windup!

  We have a winner! 

Saturday, Colonial Author Amber Lynn Perry visited us with an ebook giveaway of her entire Daughters of His Kingdom series! Are you ready for the winner?

Winner of the Daughters of His Kingdom Ebook Series is...Melanie Backus!

 Congratulations! If you are a winner, please contact us to claim your prize!

This Week's Giveaway:

 Pursued (ebook) by Elaine Manders

An idealistic librarian and a troubled cattle baron fight wickedness in high places in 1884 Nebraska.

Carianne Barlow never expected to leave her Philadelphia townhouse and travel to the wild-west, but when she inherits a fortune, conditions are attached. She must carry out her grandmother’s vision of a western culture center anchored by a library to rival those of the east. Such an undertaking requires political support, and no one is more influential than Rhyan Cason, a handsome rancher with the reputation of hardened businessman and rabble rousing lobbyist with a preference for the ladies. Carianne gets on the westbound train with no thought of the treacherous world awaiting her in the little prairie town near Rhyan’s sprawling ranch.

When Rhyan asks her to catalog his library, Carianne jumps at the chance without considering the ramifications. She rejects any romantic notions. Rhyan is known to be a heart-breaker, and he is an atheist, which doesn’t set well with her Christian beliefs. But they are thrown together when events take a dangerous turn, and menacing undercurrents run through the town.
Then Carianne learns too late Rhyan is pursued by a sinister enemy determined to destroy everything he cares for, including her. As they get closer to exposing the adversary, they realize he—or she—wants them both dead.

Comment on any post now through October 1st to get your name in the drawing! Winner will be announced in the Weekly Windup on October 3rd.

We've also got a great giveaway going on Saturday, so be sure to drop by!

Coming up this Week:

    • Monday: Devotion by Jodie Wolfe
    • Tuesday: Guest Donna Schlacter
    • Wednesday: Photography by Elaine Manders
    • Thursday: Book Review
    • Friday: Guest Mariah Holloway
    • Saturday: Interview with Dawn Cahill by Linda Matchett

      The Least of These

      I recently finished reading Melissa Jagears new book, A Heart Most Certain. It's one of those books that cause you to think and ask yourself questions long after you've read it. The main heroine is in need but has been tasked by the Teaville Moral Society to seek out a donation from the wealthiest man in town.

      While he refuses to give a donation to her cause, he instead leads her on a path that makes her see the many needs of those in her community. Those that are often overlooked or disdained. It reminds me of this verse from Matthew 25:40 (NIV):

      “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

      I love when I read a Christian novel that stirs my heart...not just because it's a great story but because of the message behind the words. I think that is the mark of a true storyteller. Jesus was the ultimate storyteller. :)

      How about you? What things stir you as a reader?