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Understanding Marxism By Richard D. Wolff
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Why should we pay attention to the great social critics like Marx? Americans, especially now, confront serious questions and evidences that our capitalist system is in trouble. It clearly serves the... More > 1% far, far better than what it is doing to the vast mass of the people. Marx was a social critic for whom capitalism was not the end of human history. It was just the latest phase and badly needed the transition to something better. We offer this essay now because of the power and usefulness today of Marx’s criticism of the capitalist economic system.< Less
McCarthy, Monmouth, and the Deep State By Joseph P Farrell
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Senator Joseph R. McCarthy is just about the last name one would expect to encounter in connection to UFOs, the Roswell Incident, above-top-secret black projects, covert operations, or high financial... More > scandal. But with the 2003 declassification of the Monmouth-McCarthy hearings transcripts, that's exactly what we find. Join author and researcher Joseph P. Farrell for a fascinating examination of little known details about the Monmouth-McCarthy hearings.< Less
Christ: The Dark Years Historical Edition By Brian Diederich
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Christ: The Dark Years is a descriptive narrative that combines historical findings and legend to chronicle the life Jesus lived during the years that are not included in the bible. Lead on journeys... More > of philosophical and psychological self discovery by the Three Wise Men and women in his life, Jesus struggles with his own humanity and the ideas of early Religious Sects. His major struggle was the method by which he would convert the world to Monotheism. He is influenced by the people he meets on his travels through Africa, Babylon, India, and Asia. In fact he works to fight Sexism, Social Justice, and the Secret Societies that would one Exploit the Religion that he founded.< Less
Yraguens: The Legacy of an American Basque Family By Francisco J. Yraguen
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It began as a dream. Over a hundred years ago in a stone and sod house dug into a remote hillside of southeastern Oregon. Told using the words of the children and grandchildren of White Horse Joe... More > Yraguen and Claudia Acordagoitia, Yraguens: The Legacy of An American Basque Family is a story of an impoverished Basque immigrant couple's realization of the American Dream. Beyond the struggles, disappointments, successes and joy the constant thread of family runs throughout and tugs at the reader to relate their own family experiences. The story of the Yraguen family is a snapshot in time of a history that our current generation needs to know and embrace.< Less
Bang For Freedom; A Brief History of Mexican Mafia, Nuestra Familia and Latino Activism in the U.S. By Cesar Cruz
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This powerful book details the history of Norteno & Sureno gangs and how their split came about. It serves as an empowering historical tool for young people caught up in gangs. Includes sections... More > on the Brown Berets, Young Lords and many freedom fighters. It is an introductory history book on Latino activism.< Less
The Archaeology of Chinese Railroad Workers in North America By SHA CoPublications
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Although the labor of the Chinese workers who built the first transcontinental railroad (and other railroads in the western part of the country) was pivotal to the development of the United States,... More > these workers have never received the scholarly attention they deserve. The incredibly rich work of archaeologists who have studied the thousands of pieces of material culture gathered along western rail lines promises to open vibrant new dimensions of historical recovery of this key chapter in the intertwined social, economic, and political histories of China and the United States.< Less
Simon Dreisbach Jr (1730-1806) A Most Interesting Life By Marcia Dreisbach Falconer
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1743 immigrant, Simon Dreisbach Jr, was at home in both German and English. A Revolutionary War patriot, he served on the Pennsylvania Constitutional Conference of 1776 working with Benjamin Franklin... More > and others. He was an elder of the German Reformed congregation of Zion Stone Church as well as a tanner. Married twice, he had 11 children by his first wife, 4 of whom were congenitally deaf. Farmer and local financier, he led a Most Interesting Life.< Less
Material Traces of the Rainhouse: Anthropology and Archeology Investigations of a Native American Landscape in the Tularosa Basin By Joan E. Price, M.F.A.
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Written for the lay person, this easy-to-read compilation of published news stories about archaeological and anthropological projects, professional interpretations and photographs demonstrates that... More > the earliest people of the Tularosa Basin contributed key cultural elements equal to the northern Anasazi cultures in the development and evolution of the vast network of ancestral sites of contemporary Pueblo communities. While this view is not well known, author Joan E. Price offers an documentary and photographic interpretation to the cadre of professionals who are pioneering this new view of Mesoamerican influence into the American Southwest.< Less
Five Puerto Rican Odysseys By Juan Ignacio Riestra Carrión
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This is a selection of five Puerto Rican biographies that are both very exciting and useful for the study of different time periods. It includes Juan Ponce de León II, the grandson of the... More > conquistador and witness of the life in the Island during the first steps of our society right after the conquest; the extraordinary case of Miguel Enríquez, a black shoemaker that became a powerful corsair as well as the richest person in the Island; Ramón Power the first patriot and the first politician, elected to represent the Island in the Spanish government and one of the founders of democracy in modern Spain; General Antonio Valero, a Puerto Rican soldier in Bolívar's army, and a veteran of the Napoleonic Wars, and the wars of independence of Mexico and Peru; and Pachín Marín, a young journalist and poet that fought in all the fields of patriotism of the age. It is intended to be an easy reading material aimed at awakening interest in Puerto Rican history on high school students.< Less
Native American Code Talkers in World Wars I and II By David Sullivan
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Native Americans have fought gallantly in every conflict since the War for Independence, mostly under the stars and stripes, but some under the stars and bars of the Confederacy. That said, the... More > greatest contribution of Native Americans in wartime was their use as code talkers during World Wars I and II. This book chronicles the experiences of these men in both wars.< Less
Man About Town By Kathryn R. McKenna
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Curious tales and surprising facts fill the columns of eccentric newsman W. Lester Trauch. Lester wrote his Man About Town column for 26 years during the last half of the 20th century for The... More > Intelligencer newspaper in Doylestown, Bucks County, PA. Stories about his life and others, little known facts about historic landmarks and events, fascinating celebrities he met and admired...all are woven with narrative and illustrations into this book. Man About Town reveals why this quirky man became the eyes and ears of Doylestown…and beyond. This publication was created through the Doylestown Historical Society which profits from all sales.< Less
A History of the Townships of Byberry and Moreland By Joseph C. Martindale
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An history of the two outer most townships (Byberry and Moreland) that comprised today’s Northeast Philadelphia. Originaly published by Dr. Joseph. C. Martindale in 1867, his nephew Albert... More > Dudley’s 1901 revision added editorial notes, some text and illustrations, and an index.< Less
The Forgotten Mines and Coal Towns of Thoms Run By Rand Gee & Gene Czambel
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This book documents the history of the coal mines and coal towns of Thoms Run hollow. Read about the development of coal towns Beechmont, Hickman, Federal, Burdine, and Presto, PA. Get a sense of... More > where the mines and towns were located, and about life in the coal patches. Understand the tough life that miners had in rural Pennsylvania. Learn the rich history of how one little road supported so much coal production and the development of Collier Township, PA< Less
North Birmingham-A City of it's Own By JD Weeks
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This book attempts to present the beginning of North Birmingham as a city of its own. It is filled with early reports of happenings in North Birmingham, both as a city of its own and during the... More > transition into the City of Birmingham< Less
Boss Simon: Joseph Simon: The First Jewish Republican Senator By Richard Simon
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Political devil. The Judas Iscariot of Oregon politics. Little Napoleon. Those are among the terms used to describe Joseph Simon, the nation’s first Jewish Republican senator. Oregon’s... More > Boss Simon was a machine politician who hobnobbed with U.S. presidents. But he had an ugly falling out with Teddy Roosevelt, accusing the president of discriminating against him because he was Jewish. The author had heard about his famous relative. But no one in the family knew much about Senator Simon. So, Richard Simon, a former congressional correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, looked into Senator Simon’s life. What he discovered was a man described as “worse than a Southern Pacific train robber.” Joe Simon’s election to the U.S. Senate was called “one of the greatest political surprises ever.’’ Simon, an attorney for powerful railroads, played a critical role in the development of the Pacific Northwest.< Less
A History of Grovania Georgia By PAHS
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A book about the history of Grovania, a small rural town in south Houston County, Georgia
DMNS Report 12: The Fortunate Life of a Museum Naturalist: Alfred M. Bailey, Volume 1: Boyhood to 1919 By Kristine A. Haglund et al.
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This is the first of eight volumes of the illustrated autobiography of Alfred M. Bailey (1894-1978), ornithologist and long-term director of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. It covers his... More > boyhood and early career, including an expedition to Laysan Island and his times in Ohio and Lousiana. Published 1 March 2019.< Less
Southern Railway In Kentucky As Seen Through Postcards By Charles H. Bogart
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This story will be of interest to those interested in the development of rail transportation in Kentucky and to those who fancy the history of the Cincinnati, New Orleans & Texas Pacific and the... More > Southern Railway. There stories of mergers and progress that made the railway for many years a major factor in Kentucky’s economic health. The postcards are placed in the geographic settings within Kentucky, thus showing how Kentucky grew and prospered. The postcards in this book illustrate a largely vanished America as seen through the eyes of early postcard publishers. History buffs will enjoy these postcards; allowing us glimpses of how industrial and transportation technology advanced and of the mineral and agricultural wealth that shaped Kentucky. A close reading of this book will illustrate some of the sweeping changes in Kentucky’s society during the 20th century. Some may argue that not all of the changes were for the good, but they are now all part of the fabric of Kentucky.< Less
DMNS Report 14: The Fortunate Life of a Museum Naturalist: Alfred M. Bailey. Volume 3: 1922-1927 By Kristine A. Haglund et al.
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This is the third of eight volumes of the illustrated autobiography of Alfred M. Bailey (1894-1978), ornithologist and long-term director of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. It covers his... More > expeditions from 1922 to 1927 (The Bahamas, Colorado, Utah, Bonaventure Island, Louisiana, and Abyssinia, including a visit to Ras Tafari, the future emperor Haile Selassie). Published 20 March 2019.< Less
Gordon, Saltar, Wharton Family Papers, 1723-1858 By Charles McCloskey
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The principal figures associated with this collection were members of the related Gordon, Saltar, Wharton, and Wharton Bickley families and, to a lesser extent, their Howell and Lardner relatives,... More > whose country seats bordered Magnolia Grove, the Gordon/Saltar estate on the Delaware River in the Tacony area of lower Northeast Philadelphia. What follows is an overview of the area in which Magnolia Grove was located, the estate itself and the principal family groups. A good deal of information on these subjects appears, as well, throughout this work.< Less
Crosley Farm-O-Road By Don Narus
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The Farm-O-Road is a Jeep like vehicle produced by Crosley Motors, during the 1950s. Marketed to U.S. farmers as the vehicle that could do "big jobs on small farms and small jobs on large... More > farms" The Do Everything Vehicle.< Less
Onöndowa'ga:' Wënö:gweh (Seneca Women) By Nëhdöwes Randy A. John
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The Hodinöhsö:ni' are a matriarchal society, women are a powerful entity. Membership is matrilineal, traditionally, the clan mother position holds a tremendous amount of responsibility to... More > society. This book is a collection of Seneca women’s names with a brief description for each entry. There are 253 names ranging from the 1600's to the 21st century. All the female Clerks of the Seneca Nation of Indians are listed. For the Senecas, the 1848 political revolution creating an elective system of political government; reduced the power of women for over a century. In the late 1960s, women regained political power and began to vote and run for office in the Seneca Nation of Indians. Since 1968, a woman has won the executive position of Clerk every elections since.< Less
Marines of the Civil War By David Sullivan
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Marines of the Civil War presents the detailed service records of 166 Marine Corps officers, including duty stations, engagements, enlistment/discharge and disciplinary data, during the Rebellion.... More > Additionally, the actions of the seventeen enlisted Marines who were awarded the Medal of Honor are also described (with their service records and citations). Casualty lists and prisoner information, as well as a section on “Rules and Regulations for the Governance of Marines,” round out the history of the men who wore the hunting horn of the Corps for the four years of the conflict.< Less
Air Pirates in Lake Jackson: An Unintended Landing in a Small Texas City By James Pierce
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The “most electrifying day” in the history of Lake Jackson, Texas, was July 13, 1972, when a hijacked Boeing 727 landed at the tiny Lake Jackson Dow Airport. With no time to prepare for... More > the unexpected arrival, local and federal law enforcement officers rallied to deal with two hostile hijackers, four hostages, a horde of news people, and crowds of curious, local residents. Before the drama on the steamy airstrip ended one day later, Jessica Savitch, who was to become a national TV news anchor, was jailed on an assault charge. The story of Air Pirates in Lake Jackson is enlivened with the untold accounts of eyewitnesses who still have vivid memories of the incident that happened more than four decades ago.< Less
TRAINS and RAILROADS NEWS ARTICLES, Winston County and Surrounding Counties in Alabama, 1890-1960 By J. Wesley Hood
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This book is a compilation of newspaper articles about train accidents and deaths as well as some history of the train industry in Winston County, Alabama.