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HOWARDSVILLE: The Journey of an African-American Community in Loudoun County, Virginia By Kevin Grigsby
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This book is about the rich history of Howardsville in Loudoun County,Virginia. Howardsville was founded by freed slaves following the end of the Civil War. The book will serve as a historical... More > timeline of the struggles and triumphs of the community from slavery through the years of racial segregation. The extensive genealogical research contained in the book will allow many African-Americans with roots in Loudoun County to rediscover their family’s past. It is from that past that younger and future generations of Howardsville descendants are provided with valuable lessons to help them uphold and cherish the legacy of Howardsville. The last names of the African-American families discussed in the book include: Howard, Basil, Valentine, Summers, Reid, Mitchell, Dorsey, Moreland, Cosberry, Gregg, Jackson, Grigsby, Peterson, Brooks, Young, Payne, Page, Scott, Peters, Gaskins, Pinkett, Gibson,Colbert and others. Hardcover copies will soon be available. Author's email: books.kevin@gmail.com.< Less
Migration of souls By John Kennedy
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Set in 1870's Britain.It follows the exploits of a young widowed man brought up in rural England, who due to mechanization of the farming industry is forced to change his way of life and embrace the... More > hardships and uncertainties of Industrial life< Less
In the Shadow of the Crown: Some Men Look At Constitutions… By Christopher Reynolds
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Christopher Reynolds began an extensive study of Australian political history and the Australian Constitution when he was a senior professional staff member in the U.S. Congress in the 1980s. As... More > someone who drafted and promoted legislation, he was interested in Australia’s complicated relationship with Britain as well as what it needs to change to promote democracy. Quoting authors from Aristotle to Thomas Jefferson, and a host of Australian authorities, Reynolds outlines Australia’s journey from being a dominion of the British Empire toward independence. He supports his findings by examining documents from British archives, Australian constitutional debates, as well as the constitutions of other nations that lead to the path of meaningful reform. Take a revealing journey through the history of Australian politics and consider a model of government based on involvement and interaction rather than conflict with In the Shadow of the Crown.< Less
Revenge of the "Illegal Alien": A Mexican Takes on the Empire By Cesar Cruz
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Mexican poet Cesar A. Cruz takes on the Empire with a powerful collection of poems, short stories and political bullets. Author Luis Rodriguez (Always Running) describes Cesar's writings as filled... More > with "fierce insight and righteous rage." The book has received praise from Godfather of Chicano Studies, Rudy Acuna, political activist Yuri Kochiyama, former Black Panther Shaka At-thinnin, rapper Paris, and many others. Mr. Cruz dispels the myth of the so-called "Illegal Alien" in North America and stands up for all human beings seeking to change the world. Library of Congress Control Number: 2008901057.< Less