Laurie Winn Carlson

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Thomas Edison for Kids
This biography of the world's most incredible inventor includes activities and experiments for young readers. The book looks at the influences that created young Edison and his genius, and what effects his work had on the rest of the world.

The book gives young readers a creative, inventive hero, inspiring them to do their best no matter what hurdles they must overcome.

NEW! William J. Spillman and the Birth of Agricultural Economics
Spillman's work in the early twentieth century laid the foundations for genetics, sustainable agriculture, and farm economics for the 20th century. The book is more than a biography of a Progressive-era scientist; it's about the USDA, the rise of industrial agriculture, and the struggle to deal with overproduction of commodity crops.

Sunlight Solution: How Indoor Life is Killing Us
This book will examine how we moved indoors, spending virtually no time at all under natural sunlight, and what that has done to our health. Children no longer play in the sun naturally--sunscreen and video media have changed their lives and health. For women, especially, the health effects are significant.

I have been researching the topic intensely and trying a new lifestyle for myself and family after realizing my grandson was deficient in vitamin D. It's a powerful health component that is minimized by medical authorities and ignored by everyone.

Can sunlight save us from heart disease, bone loss, depression, and several other chronic illnesses? It appears so. The book will detail how we got into our present situation and how to change your life to regain the sunlight.

A Fever in Salem: A New Interpretation of the New England Witch Trials
“In 1689 outside Boston, four children became stricken with violent fits. Their limbs would contort, their skin would feel the imaginary assault of knives and pins, and their jaws would go out of joint. The community tried to cure the children with prayer and felt that it was successful in one case. This child’s healing, however, led the townsfolk to believe that Satan controlled the children. Carlson examines the accounts of the afflicted and accused during the witchcraft trials and postulates that the people and animals who suffered from this strange affliction were actually victims of an insect-borne disease called encephalitis.”
--Science News

On Sidesaddles to Heaven: The Women of the Rocky Mountain Mission
At a time when a woman's fortune and future were tied to the man she married,l four of the six women missionaries married virtual strangers, on short notice, with no financial security. Why did they take such a gamble? Their story is one of spirituality as well as spirit, and this book provides a fresh and sometimes startling vivew of these pioneers of the womens' movement.

Health and medicine play a vital role in this true story. The challenges women faced in the 1830s as they tried to keep their families well with Thomsonian remedies on the frontier, and the challenges Dr. Marcus Whitman faced as the Cayuse tribe was hit with a measles epidemic show how history was shaped by health and medical practices. Dr. Whitman, unable to cure measles with mercury and bloodletting, was given the same treatment as native curers who failed, in what has been called the Whitman Massacre. The story behind events is fascinating and this book reveals how ordinary lives met challenges to their faith, culture, and medical knowledge.

Seduced by the West:
Jefferson’s America and the Lure of the Land Beyond the Mississippi

Carlson questions the larger aims of the famed Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-1806 and sees it as part of a broad range of schemes to wrest the American West from the claims of established European powers. The Lewis and Clark expedition was just one of several schemes to seize western lands from foreign powers, and behind the scenes in most of them was Thomas Jefferson, or wily General James Wilkinson, Meriwether Lewis’s commanding officer and a secret agent for Spain.

Cattle: An Informal Social History
A wholly wonderful essay on the genus Bos...Ms. Carlson thinks that cows domesticated us.”
--Guy Davenport, Harper’s

Selected Works

Thomas Edison for Kids
A biography with activities and experiments for young readers. Chicago Review Press, 2006.

On Sidesaddles to Heaven: The Women of the Rocky Mountain Mission
The lives of the first six white women--missionaries--to cross the Rocky Mountains in the 1830s.

Seduced by the West:
Jefferson’s America and the Lure of the Land Beyond the Mississippi

A provocative look at the nation and personalities surrounding the Lewis and Clark era.


A Fever in Salem: A New Interpretation of the New England Witch Trials
“innovative... impressive... persuasive”

--Publishers Weekly

Cattle: An Informal Social History
The curious and wonderful story of the animal that changed human history.
University of Missouri Press, June 2005.

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