Friday, July 18, 2014

On Writing a History of the American Bible Society: Update #31

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Today is my last day in the archives for a few weeks. It has taken me three full weeks to read through the Bible Society Record from 1815 through 1865 but it has been definitely worth the time.

I now have a very solid outline in place for the first four chapters of the book, a collection of amazing stories and anecdotes that I should be able to use, a daily routine, and a good relationship with the library and history staff at the ABS

I am now ready to go home and spend  a week writing. Chapter one is about one-third complete and I have all the research in place for chapters on the General Supply (ABS's attempt to distribute a Bible to every American family), the ABS response to Catholicism in the 1840s and 1850s, and the Civil War.  Katie Garland and I have been discussing whether we may want to have a separate chapter on Reconstruction.

We are moving forward, but it feels like May 2015 is right around the corner.  Stay tuned