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Mystical Mountains By Thelma Lawson Haley Darla Saylor Jackson
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Mystical Mountain explores the unique culture of Appalachia including ghost stories, herbal remedies, death customs, burial customs, quilting traditions, witches, creatures, and much more!
Amador Valley High School: Second Edition 1923-1969 By Beverly Schell Ales
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Relates the history of the beautiful building through the voting of local citizens of Pleasanton in 1923 to establish a high school for the eligible students of the area. It was the author's job to... More > record the many students who passed through the hallowed halls of this building. This was done through the use of the many donations to the local museum's archives: class photos, yearbooks, commencement exercises, and newspaper articles from local papers. Restoration of the building is not possible as it was demolished in 1968. It can't be saved by restoration so the next best thing is to show to the coming generations how it came to be. Historians and authors must be prepared to represent what is available through books and displays in local museum.< Less
The Belhurst Story By David Sakmyster
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A richly detailed account of the historic Belhurst Castle in upstate New York, and a fascinating study decoding the legends of ghostly sightings and buried treasure.
Guardian Angel By Paul Campbell
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Captain Paul E. Campbell, B-17 Flying Fortress bomber pilot with the 8th Air Force, 401st bomb group, 615th Squadron, survived two tours of bombing missions during the war. His true stories about... More > World War II are from the heart and quite remarkable. He included the names and stories of his crew members, ground crews, superiors, and everyone involved in these missions. In reading this book, you will certainly understand why he named it, “Guardian Angel.”< Less
How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers By Lisa Louise Cooke
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This book gives you a proven newspaper research process, and is stuffed with everything you need for genealogical success: Step-by-Step Instructions, Worksheets and Checklists, Tons of Online... More > Resources and Websites,A Case Study that Puts It All to the Test. "Read it. Study it. Absorb it. But above all, use Lisa Louise Cooke’s new book as the guide and instructional tool that it is meant to be. As a veteran of research and libraries, I found all sorts of nuggets and new resources. Beginners will find an embarrassment of riches, including an impressive appendix with a comprehensive list of online routes to national, international and local newspapers. This is as close as you’ll get to one-stop shopping for learning about historical newspaper research." --Steve Luxenberg, Washington Post associate editor and author of Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret< Less
The Long Road to Freedom: The Story of the Enslaved Polley Children By James L. Hale
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The intriguing story of the Polley family. After being emancipated, Douglas and Peyton Polley worked tirelessly to purchase their families freedom. They moved to the free state of Ohio, the promised... More > land; only to be kidnapped and resold into bondage. Thus started the saga of the longest running slave trial in United States history.< Less
Republic in Black & White By Sandra Sweetman
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People and places in Republic, Washington. A photographic record of the years 2011 and 2012.
The Flat-Earth Conspiracy By Eric Dubay
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Wolves in sheep’s clothing have pulled the wool over our eyes. For almost 500 years, the masses have been thoroughly deceived by a cosmic fairy-tale of astronomical proportions. We have been... More > taught a falsehood so gigantic and diabolical that it has blinded us from our own experience and common sense, from seeing the world and the universe as they truly are. Through pseudo-science books and programs, mass media and public education, universities and government propaganda, the world has been systematically brain-washed, slowly indoctrinated over centuries into the unquestioning belief of the greatest lie of all time. A multi-generational conspiracy has succeeded, in the minds of the masses, to pick up the fixed Earth, shape it into a ball, spin it in circles, and throw it around the Sun! The greatest cover-up of all time, NASA and Freemasonry’s biggest secret, is that we are living on a plane, not a planet, that Earth is the flat, stationary center of the universe.< Less
Reflections of Twentieth Century Beverly By Fred Hammond
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An informal history of Beverly, Massachusetts, with a focus on oral histories of neighborhood residents, by long time Beverly High School teacher and track coach Fred Hammond.
The New Jim Crow Study Guide and Call to Action By Veterans of Hope
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Drawing from and expanding on the themes of Michelle Alexander’s acclaimed best-seller, The New Jim Crow, this in-depth guide provides a launching pad for groups wishing to engage in deep,... More > meaningful dialogue about race, racism, and structural inequality in the age of mass incarceration. The Study Guide and Call to Action spans the entirety of The New Jim Crow, engaging the critical questions of how we managed to create, nearly overnight, a penal system unprecedented in world history, and how that system actually functions — as opposed to the way it is advertised. This important new resource also challenges us to search for and admit the truth about ourselves, our own biases, stereotypes, and misconceptions, and the many ways in which we might actually be part of the problem.< Less
The Game of Politics By Donald R. Jansiewicz
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The Game of Politics simulation is designed to provide participants with a highly realistic experience in American government. Each participant plays a legislative, executive, judicial or media role... More > and functions within a dynamic environment.< Less
The Best of Reclaiming Kin: Helpful Tips On Researching Your Roots By Robyn Smith
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This book is a compilation of blog posts from my popular genealogy blog, "Reclaiming Kin." My blog is primarily a teaching blog, and I aim to use my own research as a tool to discuss how to... More > evaluate evidence and how to use the records. I discuss family history research in a fun and engaging way, with a special emphasis on African-American families and the challenges of slave research.< Less
The Impact of Slavery On the Education of Blacks in Orange County, North Carolina: 1619-1970 By Rosetta Austin Moore
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Can integration break the oppression faced by Black Americans, or will it crystallize long-held images and send Blacks deeper into a spiral of dependency? Rosetta Austin Moore, a longtime educator... More > who taught in segregated and integrated schools, asks that question and many others in this extensive study of the education system for Blacks in North Carolina. She traces the struggles of Blacks to survive and learn, beginning with their forced entry into the United States in 1619, drawing on primary documents, charts, illustrations, and a treasure trove of data in four appendixes. The book reveals how a pattern of withholding information, denying access to educational opportunities, and subjecting a people to negative indoctrinations about their self-worth, their families, their race, and their place in society has damaged the Black community’s desire to reach for greater heights.< Less
Beech Grove Confederate Cemetery By Gary Hodge
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Beech Grove Confederate Cemetery formation and results of Battle of Hoover's Gap in Middle Tennessee. The first Confederate Cemetery appearing in the south.
Cool Breezes: No Dogs Allowed By Edward R. Brown, Frank R. DiPaolo, Jr.
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A short history of West Beach, a small private beach in Beverly, Massachusetts
A Good Life in Hell By Ai Tatebayashi
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A GOOD LIFE IN HELL tells the life stories of Sumiteru Taniguchi, a Nagasaki atomic bomb survivor, and his wife Eiko. Their shared history offers both a stark look at the horrific legacy of nuclear... More > weapons, as well as a tale of inspiration for all those facing challenges as they pursue meaning and happiness in their own lives. The book contains important lessons about the past, but it is even more about living in the present. Exploring daily rituals in the Taniguchi home as Sumiteru and Eiko enter their 80s, a reader must reflect on how today’s decisions can affect our collective and personal futures. This fully illustrated picture book comes alive through the imaginative and moving drawings of award-winning illustrator Ai Tatebayashi, a native of Japan. Ai crafted the story with support from American cowriter Justin Neely, an artist, editor and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. A GOOD LIFE IN HELL is intended both for teens and adults who are concerned about the world: past, present and future.< Less
Memories By Marty Civin
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My writing of “ Memories” has been a labor of love for several seasons. The first section covers the years from 1932 to 1951. The second edition details 1951 to 1964, and the third covers... More > 1964 to the present. The day after Labor Day in 2002 marked the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Civin family in Spencer. It was in the heart of the Great Depression when my parents established a tiny dry goods store at 47 Mechanic Street in Spencer, MA. Marty Civin http://memoriesbymartycivin.blogspot.com/< Less
How Did We Get Here? By Otis Brown, Jr.
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At one point in time, we saw much progress for Blacks in America, but today that progress has halted. In book 1 of his 2-book series, Otis Brown, Jr analyzes how the state of Black America has become... More > what it is today. He defines and explains 6 of the most pressing issues seen in America's Black communities and offers solutions to each. Brown gives fresh perspective on improving the lives of America's Black youth and reestablishing the family structure. This powerful book lays the framework for restoring the nation's Black communities to prominence.< Less
Beverly Bedeviled: One Town's True Connections with the Witchcraft of 1692 By Edward R. Brown
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True stories about the connections between Beverly, Massachusetts and the Salem witchcraft hysteria.
Prohibition Lawman By Steve B Davis
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The true story of war hero and prohibition lawman Steve Lawson. September 21, 1922 is a fateful one for Constable Lawson of the Alberta Provincial Police. The force is charged with stopping the... More > illegal importation of liquor into the province. After an ill-fated run-in with police rum runners confront Lawson at his office and home in Coleman in the Crowsnest Pass. There is a brief scuffle, shots are fired and the unarmed officer falls to the ground dead. After the arrest and subsequest sensational trial the rum runners are hanged the following year. The focus in this story is on the victim and his family, not on the criminals and the crime. Too often victims are forgotton in the media frenzy after crimes are committed. Readers will be surprised to learn Steve Lawson is more than a historical footnote, but a major player in the history of the West.< Less
Last Man Out By Scott Helsom
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With a deep love of airplanes, a young man from rural Pennsylvania joins the Army Air Corps during World War II, becomes a B-17 waist gunner and is shot down over France on a "milk run".... More > Alone in a foreign country with Germans searhing for him, Mack must evade capture and somehow return home. It will take three months on the run to make his way to the Normandy beachhead. In England, Airey Neave, himself an escapee from German POW camps, is assigned to MI9. His orders are to find a way to aid downed airmen who are in the pincer grasp between Patton's 3rd army and desperate Germans. Mack's parachute lands him square in the middle! This is the story of Freteval Forest, codenamed Sherwood,a secret camp that sheltered downed airmen in the closing months of World War II, and the heroic actions of the French Resistance and many French citizens.< Less
SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY: 50 YEARS LATER By AZALEA ART PRESS
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Artist, author and activist John A. Wedda was greatly inspired by the civil rights demonstrations in Selma, Alabama in 1965. Shortly after, he created SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY, a powerful work of art... More > and politics, which contrasts the reality of African American experience with soaring promises from our national songs. Fifty years later, little has changed. As civil rights activist Bob Zellner states in his Introduction: "We were far from equality in 1965 and John Wedda captures the complexity of Selma and all the passion, faith, hope and suffering that it continues to represent for so many." Mr. Wedda died in 2014 at age 102. Realizing that the human condition was little improved, shortly before his death he expressed the hope that Sweet Land of Liberty might return to print to remind people what was at hand. This edition reissues John’s original work along with contemporary commentary, historical context and a biography of the author.< Less
Greek Satyr Play: Five Studies By Mark Griffith
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With a new introduction and some revisions, these reprinted essays on Classical Greek satyr plays suggest new critical approaches to this important dramatic genre. Griffith argues that satyr plays... More > presented audiences with sophisticated, multilayered narratives of romance, escapist adventure, and musical-choreographic exuberance, amounting to a “parallel universe” to that of the accompanying tragedies in the City Dionysia festival. The class and status distinctions between heroic/divine characters and the rest (choruses, messengers, servants, etc.) that are so integral to Athenian tragedy are shown to be present also, in exaggerated form, in satyr drama, with the satyr chorus occupying a role that also inevitably recalled for the Athenian audiences their own (often foreign-born) slaves. The satyr plays’ stylistic fusion of adventure and romance, elegant sophistication and rustic naïveté, anticipates in many respects the later developments of Greek pastoral and prose romance.< Less
Central Railroad of New Jersey Steam Locomotive Planbook By Victor Roseman
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This diagram book contains an overview of the CNJ's steam engines in their final years 1945-1954. The diagrams are scaled to 1:87, HO. Some large erecting card drawings were available, but with the... More > extreme reduction necessary to fit in this book, most of the fine lines burned out (and did not show,) or bled together into irregular black areas, neither of which provided any information. Victor has re-drawn the originals in 1:72 scale to fit on the pages of this book and provide as much detail as possible. < Less
The Dogtown Guide By Mark Carlotto
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A guide to an abandoned colonial settlement on Cape Ann, Massachusetts.