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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mirel's Daughter: Braille Novel Released First

For the first time in history (as far as APH can determine), the braille version of a novel was released prior to the premiere of the print version to the general public.

The braille edition of Mirel's Daughter, written by Louisvillian Kay Gill, was presented to her husband, APH Board of Trustee member George Gill at APH on January 23, 2006. The print version of the novel was not launched by the author until February 15 at Spalding University in Louisville.

Mirel's Daughter tells the story of a ten-year-old girl's remarkable survival of the pogrom massacres in Ukrainian Russia at the end of World War I, and her escape to America. A haunting novel that illustrates the destructive power of war on one family and one child, Mirel's Daughter is written about the author's mother, and ultimately about the triumphant power of love.

Highly praised in book reviews for its poignant account of a young girl's journey from terror to freedom, Mirel's Daughter is an unforgettable tribute to the human spirit that has been compared to the Diary of Anne Frank.

Click this link to purchase Mirel's daughter.

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African Americans in World War I

More than 200,000 black soldiers served during the Great War (mainly as support troops) alongside French soldiers fighting against German armies. By October 1917 over 600 black servicemen were commissioned as captains, first lieutenants, and second lieutenants.

To many African Americans, enlisting to fight in the Great War offered a chance to show their patriotism that could hopefully improve their opportunities and treatment at home. Yet racism was as endemic in the armed forces as it was in the rest of America at the time.

To learn more about the contributions of African Americans in World War I, simply click this link to visit the Oxford AASC website.

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