Verisimilitude or Phony History


In writing The Iron Horse Chronicles, I work hard to create verisimilitude in my story. A current television series and a recent movie about building the first transcontinental railroad have frustrated me by resorting to phony history to create sensationalism.

If you have been following this blog, you know that I contribute regularly to Mad About MG History, a blog providing help to teachers and librarians in encouraging Middle Grade students to love history. This week I vented my frustration at those screenwriters who have disappointed me by terribly distorting historical facts.

Head on over to this website and read my tirade for yourself:

Note: You must color the blonde hair in the above cartoon white to achieve verisimilitude.

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