Bold Spirit: Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America

In 1896, a Norwegian immigrant and mom of 8 young children named Helga Estby used to be in the back of on taxes and the personal loan while she discovered mysterious sponsor may pay $10,000 to a lady who walked throughout the US.
Hoping to win the bet and keep her family’s farm, Helga and her teenaged daughter Clara, armed with little greater than a compass, red-pepper spray, a revolver, and Clara’s curling iron, set out walking from japanese Washington. Their direction might go through 14 states, yet they weren't allowed to hold greater than 5 funds every one. As they visited Indian reservations, Western boomtowns, distant ranches and native civic leaders, they faced snowstorms, starvation, thieves and mountain lions with equivalent aplomb.
Their treacherous and inspirational trip to manhattan challenged modern notions of femininity and captured the general public mind's eye. yet their journey had such devastating effects that the Estby women's success used to be covered in silence till, approximately a century later, Linda Lawrence Hunt encountered their striking tale.

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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

2014 NAACP photograph Award Winner: amazing Literary paintings – Biography / car Biography

2013 Letitia Woods Brown Award from the organization of Black girls Historians 

Choice best 25 educational Titles for 2013

The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six a long time of activism, hard perceptions of her as an unintended actor within the civil rights movement

Presenting a corrective to the preferred thought of Rosa Parks because the quiet seamstress who, with a unmarried act, birthed the trendy civil rights move, Theoharis offers a revealing window into Parks’s politics and years of activism. She indicates readers how this civil rights circulation radical sought—for greater than a part a century—to reveal and eliminate the yank racial-caste process in jobs, colleges, public companies, and legal justice.

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African Americans of Jefferson County (Images of America)

Jefferson County can proudly declare a great number of firsts in terms of African americans in nationwide heritage. The raid to loose slaves that served as a catalyst for the Civil battle was once led through abolitionist John Brown in Harpers Ferry. the 1st guy wounded within the uprising was once Heyward Shepherd, a loose African American and a Jefferson County resident. Pres. Abraham Lincoln appointed Jefferson County local Martin Robison Delany because the first African American box officer of the Civil battle. In 1906, the Niagara circulate, forerunner to the nationwide organization for the development of coloured humans (NAACP), held its first assembly on American soil at the Storer collage campus. the 1st girl to turn into the trainer of a menÂ’s collage basketball group used to be additionally an African American from Jefferson County. also, the coloured Horse exhibit held in Charles city used to be the 1st of its type for African american citizens.

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Commanding the Storm: Civil War Battles in the Words of the Generals Who Fought Them

By John Richard Stephens

From Beauregard and Custer to Lee and Sherman, twelve commanders from both sides vividly describe what they and their males skilled at twelve of the war’s such a lot mythical battles from citadel Sumter to Appomattox court docket residence in bills amassed from letters, memoirs, experiences, and stories. They relate famous incidents and private triumphs and tragedies whereas overlaying options and explaining battlefield judgements. Trench battle at Petersburg and Sherman’s scorched earth coverage in Georgia foreshadowed the area wars to come back, and technological advancements—such as armored steamships, landmines, and computer guns—literally replaced the panorama of battle. Submarines and a time bomb even got here into play. Informative biographies and headnotes for every conflict supply parallel statistics at a look and determine context; sidebars conceal awesome strategies and applied sciences, together with espionage, aerial reconnaissance, and guerilla struggle; and a concise roll-call define each one commander's lifestyles in complete after the warfare. the following, from the lads who carried out and regulated it, is a useful sourcebook of what occurred within the struggle among the States and why.


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Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition

"Beautifully written and meticulously researched."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This up to date research of the economics, politics, and ecology of water covers greater than a century of private and non-private wasteland reclamation within the American West.

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Collisions of Conflict: Studies in American History and Culture, 1820-1920 (Katowice Interdisciplinary and Comparative Studies)

This ebook explores and analyzes the issues and demanding situations that experience resulted from the Civil struggle, Reconstruction, slavery, and segregation in North the United States. those painful chapters in American background have persisted alongside racial and neighborhood traces and are of specific curiosity this day while the united states are for the 1st time ruled through an African American president. The postscriptum extends the most narrative through targeting chosen writers’ actions and fiction in the course of the Civil warfare and Reconstruction.

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Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History

By Paul Schneider

"Old guy River," Paul Schneider's exploration of America's nice waterway taking the reader from the Mississippi River's origins to its polluted current and tracing its prehistory, geology, and cultural and literary histories is as gigantic as its subject.

The attention-grabbing solid of characters contains the French and Spanish explorers de Soto, Marquette and Joliet, and the incomparable l. a. Salle; George Washington struggling with his first conflict so one can safe the watershed; the delivery of jazz and blues; and literary greats like Melville, Dickens, Trollope, and, in fact, Mark Twain.

Pirates and riverbats, gamblers and slaves, hustlers and panorama painters, loggers and catfishers, travelers and missionaries: The Mississippi is a river of reports and fantasy. it is Paul Robeson sitting on a cotton bale, Daniel Boone floating on a flatboat, and Paul Bunyan slicing bushes locally of "Little condominium within the monstrous Woods."

Half-devastated manufactured from American ingenuity, half-magnificent traditional ask yourself, it's very unlikely to visualize the USA with no the Mississippi."

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Twelve Inventions Which Changed America: The Influence of Technology on American Culture

This booklet describes twelve innovations that reworked the us from a rural and small-town neighborhood to an commercial kingdom of unheard of energy. those innovations display that not anyone individual is ever accountable for technological advances and that the tradition produces a couple of those who interact to create each one new invention. The booklet additionally indicates the affects of expertise on society and examines the ideals and attitudes of these who partake in technological advances. The publication is either a sociological research and a historical past of know-how within the usa long ago 2 hundred years.

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Santa Clarita Valley, The (Then and Now)

Born in 1987 because the countries first new urban with a inhabitants more than 100,000, Santa Clarita, California, has a desirable historical past that stretches again to the rugged Wild West period. Hollywood recreates this historical past in Santa Clarita and its surrounding valley, to the satisfaction of motion picture lovers all over the world.

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Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War

By Michael C. C. Adams

Many american citizens, argues Michael C. C. Adams, are likely to reflect on the Civil battle as extra excellent, much less lousy, than the truth. hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to battlefields every year as holiday locations, their perceptions of the struggle usually formed by way of reenactors who work flat out for verisimilitude yet who can't eventually simulate mutilation, insanity, continual ailment, complex actual decay. In Living Hell, Adams attempts a distinct tack, clustering the voices of myriad genuine members at the firing line or within the medical institution ward to create a digital historic reenactment.

Perhaps as the usa has no longer visible traditional battle by itself soil given that 1865, the collective reminiscence of its horror has pale, in order that we've got sanitized and romanticized even the adventure of the Civil battle. Neither movie nor reenactment can totally seize the challenging fact of the four-year clash. Living Hell provides a stark portrait of the human expenditures of the Civil battle and provides readers a extra actual appreciation of its profound and lasting consequences.

Adams examines the pointy distinction among the expectancies of recruits as opposed to the realities of communal residing, the large difficulties of dust and publicity, negative nutrition, malnutrition, and illness. He describes the slaughter produced by means of close-order wrestle, the problems of cleansing up the battlefields—where tens of millions of lifeless and wounded frequently lay in a space of just a couple of sq. miles—and the ensuing mental harm survivors experienced.

Drawing widely on letters and memoirs of person squaddies, Adams assembles shiny money owed of the misery accomplice and Union infantrymen confronted day-by-day: ailment, exhaustion, starvation, devastating accidents, and makeshift hospitals the place saws have been frequently the scientific software of choice.

Inverting Robert E. Lee's recognized line approximately conflict, Adams means that too many americans develop into keen on conflict out of lack of awareness of its terrors. offering a strong counterpoint to Civil conflict glorification, Living Hell echoes William Tecumseh Sherman's remark that conflict is cruelty and can't be subtle.

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