Friday, May 1, 2015

From Sea to Shining Sea: Massachusetts

From Crazy Challenge Connection on goodreads
From Sea to Shining Sea - Massachusetts  link
Duration: May 01, 2015 - Jun 30, 2015

1. The sixth state of the United States is Massachusetts, being admitted to statehood on Feb 6, 1788. The name Massachusetts comes from the language of the Algonquian Indians of the Massachusetts Bay area; translated roughly as "at or about the great hill." Boston is its capital city. Massachusetts goes by the nickname of Bay State.
✒ Read a book set near an ocean Slow Burn by K. Bromberg

2. Massachusetts is bordered by New Hampshire and Vermont in the north, Connecticut and Rhode Island in the south, New York in the west and the Atlantic Ocean in the east. Its motto is "By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty". Massachusetts has three official state colors, thanks to a third grade civics project: blue, green and cranberry. 
✒ Read  a book with a mostly blue cover Forbidden Nights by Lauren Blakely

3. The state bird of Massachusetts is the Black Capped Chickadee, the state tree the American Elm and the state flower is the Mayflower. The state dessert is Boston Cream Pie. Massachusetts is the 44th state in terms of landmass, 14th in terms of population. It is the 5th richest state in the country. 
✒ Read  a book where the first letters of all words in the title are in BOSTONCREAMPIE; 3 words minimum, all words count. The Christmas Bouquet by Sherryl Woods

4. Massachusetts is the birthplace of no less than 4 US presidents. The 2nd US president John Adams, the 6th John Quincy Adams, the 35th US president John F. Kennedy, and the 41st president George H. W. Bush all hail from here. Poet/Writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne are also Bay Staters. Actors Leonard Nimoy and Matt Damon were also born in Massachusetts. 
✒ Read a book whose author's first  name has 3 letters Hot Date by Amy Garvey

5. The Boston Tea Party was a political protest by the Sons of Liberty in Boston, on December 16, 1773. The demonstrators, some disguised as American Indians, destroyed an entire shipment of tea sent by the East India Company, in defiance of the Tea Act of May 10, 1773. They boarded the ships and threw the chests of tea into Boston Harbor, ruining the tea. The British government responded harshly and the episode escalated into the American Revolution. The Tea Party was the culmination of a resistance movement throughout British America against the Tea Act, which had been passed by the British Parliament in 1773. Colonists objected to the Tea Act because they believed that it violated their rights as Englishmen to "No taxation without representation," that is, be taxed only by their own elected representatives and not by a British parliament in which they were not represented.
✒ Read a book set in any country that was or is a colony of Britain. Rocky Mountain Freedom by Vivian Arend

6. Patriots' Day is a civic holiday celebrated in Massachusetts (and Maine and Wisconsin) commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolution on Apr 19, 1775. Since 1969, it has been observed on the third Monday in April, providing a three-day long weekend in Massachusetts and in Maine, which until the mid-19th century was part of Massachusetts. The biggest celebration of Patriots' Day is the Boston Marathon, which has been run every Patriots' Day since April 19, 1897 to mark the then-recently established holiday, with the race linking the Athenian and American struggles for liberty.
✒ Read a book that was first published in an April of any year All Fired Up by Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy

7. The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. The trials resulted in the executions of twenty people, most of them women. Despite being generally known as the Salem witch trials, the preliminary hearings in 1692 were conducted in several towns in the Province of Massachusetts Bay: Salem Village (now Danvers), Salem Town, Ipswich and Andover. The most infamous trials were conducted by the Court of Oyer and Terminer in 1692 in Salem Town. The episode is one of the nation's most notorious cases of mass hysteria, and has been used in political rhetoric and popular literature as a vivid cautionary tale about the dangers of isolationism, religious extremism, false accusations and lapses in due process.
✒ Read  a book which has a courtroom scene in it. Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher

8. Massachusetts is home to the first subway system in US (Boston, 1897); the first college established in America (Harvard, 1636); the American industrial revolution (Lowell), the first public park in US (Boston Common, 1634). The creation of Cape Cod National Seashore marked the first time the federal government purchased land for a park. 
✒ Read  a book set in a city of US that has a subway system - NYC Hot Pursuit by Stuart Woods

9. The birth control pill was invented in Clark University of Worcester, Charles Goodyear vulcanized rubber for the first time in 1839 in Woburn, and Elias Howe of Boston invented the sewing machine in 1845. William Hill Brown published The Power of Sympathy in Worcester in 1789. An imitation of Goethe's Sorrows of Young Werther it is regarded as the first American novel.
✒ Read a book where a birth is prevented (either by abortion or by preventative methods) The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

10. In Massachusetts, shooting ranges may not set up targets to resemble human beings. No gorilla is allowed in the back seat of any car. At a wake, mourners may eat no more than three sandwiches. And it is illegal to sell ducks, chickens or rabbits that have been dyed a different color. 
✒ Read a book where a gun of some kind is used Baby, Be Mine by Vivian Arend


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