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Around Walnut Cove and Danbury (Paperback): Kyle A. Berrier Around Walnut Cove and Danbury (Paperback)
Kyle A. Berrier
R510 R411 Discovery Miles 4 110 Save R99 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Haunted Hotels of the California Gold Country (Paperback): Nancy K Williams Haunted Hotels of the California Gold Country (Paperback)
Nancy K Williams
R462 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Step across the threshold of a haunted hotel in California's renowned Gold Country and encounter phantom figures of yesteryear. Wispy apparitions of gentleman guests in Victorian coats and ladies in fashionable flapper gowns glide through the walls, while unexplained sobs and choking gasps disturb the night. There's Stan, the Cary House's eternal desk clerk, and bachelor ghost Lyle, who tidies the Groveland Hotel. Flo tosses pots and pans in the National's kitchen, while the once-scorned spirit of Isabella ties the Sierra Nevada House's curtains in knots. From suicidal gamblers to murdered miners, the Mother Lode's one-time boomtowns are crowded with characters of centuries past. Book your stay with author Nancy Williams as she explores the history and haunts of the Gold Country's iconic hotels.

Winnipeg's General Strike - Reports from the Front Lines (Paperback): Michael Dupuis Winnipeg's General Strike - Reports from the Front Lines (Paperback)
Michael Dupuis; Foreword by Julie Carl
R460 R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A strike gripped Winnipeg from May 15 to June 26, 1919. Some twenty-five thousand workers walked out, demanding better wages and union recognition. Red-fearing opponents insisted labour radicals were attempting to usurp constitutional authority and replace it with Bolshevism. Newspapers like the "Manitoba Free Press" claimed themselves political victims and warned of Soviet infiltration. Supporters of the general sympathetic strike like the "Toronto Daily Star" maintained that strikers were not Reds; they were workers fighting for their fair rights. What was really happening in Winnipeg? In an information age dominated by newspapers and magazines, the public turned to reporters and editors for answers.

Rising Star - The Making of Barack Obama (Paperback): David Garrow Rising Star - The Making of Barack Obama (Paperback)
David Garrow 1
R478 R365 Discovery Miles 3 650 Save R113 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The definitive account of Barack Obama's life before he became the 44th president of the United States - the formative years, confluence of forces, and influential figures who helped shaped an extraordinary leader and his rise - from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the Cross. 'Impressive ... deeply reported' New York Times Book Review 'Engages, absorbs and mesmerises' Library Journal Barack Obama's keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted the little-known state senator from Illinois into the national spotlight. Three months later, Obama would win election to the U.S. Senate; four years after that he would make history as America's first black president. Moving around the globe, from Hawaii to Indonesia to the American Northeast and Midwest, Rising Star meticulously unpacks Obama's life, from his tumultuous upbringing in Honolulu and Jakarta, to his formative time as a community organizer on Chicago's South Side, working in some of the roughest neighborhoods, to Cambridge, where he excelled at Harvard Law School, and finally back to Chicago, where he pursued his political destiny. In voluminous detail, drawn from more than 1,000 interviews and encyclopedic documentary research, Garrow delivers the most authoritative account of the ambition, the dreams and the all-too-human struggles of an iconic president.

A Brave Soldier and Honest Gentleman - Lt. James E. H. Foster in the West, 1873-1881 (Hardcover): Thomas R Buecker A Brave Soldier and Honest Gentleman - Lt. James E. H. Foster in the West, 1873-1881 (Hardcover)
Thomas R Buecker
R709 R561 Discovery Miles 5 610 Save R148 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Exploring Chicago Blues - Inside the Scene, Past and Present (Paperback): Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Exploring Chicago Blues - Inside the Scene, Past and Present (Paperback)
Rosalind Cummings-Yeates; Foreword by Billy Branch
R391 R315 Discovery Miles 3 150 Save R76 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Blues history is steeped in Chicago's sidewalks; it floats out of its restaurants, airport lounges and department stores. It is a fundamental part of the city's heritage that every resident should know and every visitor should be afraid to miss. Allow Rosalind Cummings-Yeates to take you inside the Checkerboard and Gerri's Palm Tavern, where folks like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon and Ma Rainey transformed Chicago into the blues mecca. Continue on to explore the contemporary blues scene and discover the best spots to hear the purest sounds of Sweet Home Chicago.

Relatos (Spanish, Paperback): Julio Garmendia Relatos (Spanish, Paperback)
Julio Garmendia
R399 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A Culinary History of Kentucky - Burgoo, Beer Cheese and Goetta (Paperback): Fiona Young-Brown A Culinary History of Kentucky - Burgoo, Beer Cheese and Goetta (Paperback)
Fiona Young-Brown
R462 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Pull up a chair to the kitchen table and enjoy a delicious adventure through Bluegrass food history. Kentucky's cuisine can be traced back to Cherokee, Irish, Scottish, English and German roots, among others. A typical Kentucky meal might have the standard meat and three, but there are many dishes that can't be found anywhere else. Poke sallet, despite its toxic roots and berries, is such a favorite in parts of eastern Kentucky that an annual festival celebrates it. Find recipes for dishes from burgoo to hog to moonshine and frogs. Join author Fiona Young-Brown as she details all the delectable delights sure to make the mouth water.

Indiana Beach - A Fun-Filled History (Paperback): W.C. Madden Indiana Beach - A Fun-Filled History (Paperback)
W.C. Madden
R397 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From its humble beginnings as a place to swim and row a boat, Ideal Beach eventually became Indiana Beach, a small amusement park where families could have good old-fashioned fun. Founded by Earl Spackman in 1926, its popularity was bolstered by the addition of a dance hall that drew the top bands of the nation during the Depression and war years of the 1940s. When Earl passed away, his son Tom continued his legacy, setting Indiana Beach on a course that would make it one of the most popular vacation resorts and amusement parks in the entire Midwest, delighting nearly one million visitors every year.

View from the Fazenda - A Tale of the Brazilian Heartlands (Paperback): Ellen Bromfield Geld View from the Fazenda - A Tale of the Brazilian Heartlands (Paperback)
Ellen Bromfield Geld
R628 R498 Discovery Miles 4 980 Save R130 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"I imagine everyone has a center of gravity," says Ellen Bromfield Geld. "Something which binds one to the earth and gives sense and direction to what one does." For Ellen, this center is a writing table before a window that looks out upon groves of pecan trees and mahogany-colored cattle in seas of grass. The place is Fazenda Pau D'Alho, Brazil, where she and her husband, Carson, have lived and farmed since 1961. Healing the ravaged coffee plantation, rearing five children, exploring the outposts, the Gelds have created a dynamic yet peaceful life far from Ellen's native Ohio. Their practice of sustainable agriculture, and Ellen's plea for the preservation of Brazil's remaining wilderness areas, reflect the legacy of her father, the novelist and farm visionary Louis Bromfield. Their shared vision is crystallized in her account of a cattle drive across the Pantanal, the vast flood plain on Brazil's side of the Paraguay River. She describes a two-hundred year symbiosis between ranchers and a fragile ecosystem that is being threatened by development. View from the Fazenda is distilled from fifty years of living in Brazil, weaving daily life on the farm into her quest to understand a nation. It portrays a true melting pot of people who-as conquerers, immigrants, or slaves, their blood and history mingled with those of native Indians-have created the character of Brazil. This huge, diverse county, living in several eras at the same time, is ever changing through its people's amazing ability to "find a way." Ellen Bromfield Geld evokes the land and people of Brazil and offers readers an invigorating glimpse into a soulful life. "It seems to me that being a bit of a poet is perhaps the only way one can survive as a farmer," she explains. "For in the end, more than anything, farming is a way of life you either love or become bitter enduring."

Louis Jordan - Son of Arkansas, Father of R&B (Paperback): Stephen Koch Louis Jordan - Son of Arkansas, Father of R&B (Paperback)
Stephen Koch
R462 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Though you may not know the man, you probably know his music. Arkansas-born Louis Jordan's songs like "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "Caldonia" and "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" can still be heard today, decades since Jordan ruled the charts. In his five-decade career, Jordan influenced American popular music, film and more and inspired the likes of James Brown, B.B. King, Chuck Berry and Ray Charles. Known as the "King of the Jukeboxes," he and his combo played a hybrid of jazz, swing, blues and comedy music during the big band era that became the start of R&B.

In a stunning narrative portrait of Louis Jordan, author Stephen Koch contextualizes the great, forgotten musician among his musical peers, those he influenced and the musical present.

A History of the New Hampshire Abenaki (Paperback): Bruce D. Heald A History of the New Hampshire Abenaki (Paperback)
Bruce D. Heald
R462 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Discover the unique history of the Abenaki in New Hampshire.

The Jamestown Furniture Industry - History in Wood, 1816-1920 (Paperback): Clarence C. Carlson The Jamestown Furniture Industry - History in Wood, 1816-1920 (Paperback)
Clarence C. Carlson
R466 R378 Discovery Miles 3 780 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

While all but gone today, Jamestown's furniture industry was once the second-largest producer of furniture in the United States. Manufacturing boomed from 1816, when William Breed and Royal Keyes opened their shops, to the 1920s, when Jamestown was still one of the top wood furniture producers in the country. In the nineteenth century, the thriving railroad industry allowed Jamestown's quality creations to be distributed nationwide. After the Civil War, an influx of Swedish immigrants brought their craftsmanship and skills to Jamestown, forming Morgan Manufacturing, Empire Furniture Company and many others. Then, their pieces were valued for quality and durability; today, they're coveted by collectors as beautiful antiques. Local expert Clarence Carlson uncovers the fascinating story of Jamestown furniture.

On This Day in Chicago History (Paperback): John R. Schmidt On This Day in Chicago History (Paperback)
John R. Schmidt
R366 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R65 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Think you know Chicago? If you are thinking of Al Capone, the L, the Cubs, Barack Obama or the Great Fire of 1871, then you are remembering the highlights from the tour bus. Here's the rest of the story, day by day. Chicago opened the first blood bank, invented the vacuum cleaner and sent a bowling ball around the world. One high school football game drew 120,000 people. Chicagoans fought nineteen years over the name of a street. For fifty years, they saved a gallows for an escaped killer. And those are just some of the stories.

Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail (Paperback): Ezra Meeker, Howard R. Driggs Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail (Paperback)
Ezra Meeker, Howard R. Driggs
R351 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R66 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Classrooms and Clinics - Urban Schools and the Protection and Promotion of Child Health, 1870-1930 (Hardcover, New): Richard A.... Classrooms and Clinics - Urban Schools and the Protection and Promotion of Child Health, 1870-1930 (Hardcover, New)
Richard A. Meckel
R3,076 Discovery Miles 30 760 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Classrooms and Clinics is the first book-length assessment of the development of public school health policies from the late nineteenth century through the early years of the Great Depression. Richard A. Meckel examines the efforts of early twentieth-century child health care advocates and reformers to utilize urban schools to deliver health care services to socioeconomically disadvantaged and medically underserved children in the primary grades. Their goal, Meckel shows, was to improve the children's health and thereby improve their academic performance. Meckel situates these efforts within a larger late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century public discourse relating schools and schooling, especially in cities and towns, to child health. He describes and explains how that discourse and the school hygiene movement it inspired served as critical sites for the constructive negotiation of the nature and extent of the public school's-and by extension the state's-responsibility for protecting and promoting the physical and mental health of the children for whom it was providing a compulsory education. Tracing the evolution of that negotiation through four overlapping stages, Meckel shows how, why, and by whom the health of schoolchildren was discursively constructed as a sociomedical problem and charts and explains the changes that construction underwent over time. He also connects the changes in problem construction to the design and implementation of various interventions and services and evaluates how that design and implementation were affected by the response of the civic, parental, professional, educational, public health, and social welfare groups that considered themselves stakeholders and took part in the discourse. And, most significantly, he examines the responses called forth by the question at the heart of the negotiations: what services are necessitated by the state's and school's taking responsibility for protecting and promoting the health and physical and mental development of schoolchildren. He concludes that the negotiations resulted both in the partial medicalization of American primary education and in the articulation and adoption of a school health policy that accepted the school's responsibility for protecting and promoting the health of its students while largely limiting the services called for to the preventive and educational.

Family, Faith and Love - Beyond Immigration (Paperback): Elizabeth McClure Family, Faith and Love - Beyond Immigration (Paperback)
Elizabeth McClure; Ralph Bartel; Edited by Alan G Bartel
R543 Discovery Miles 5 430 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Grandees of Government - The Origins and Persistence of Undemocratic Politics in Virginia (Hardcover): Brent Tarter The Grandees of Government - The Origins and Persistence of Undemocratic Politics in Virginia (Hardcover)
Brent Tarter
R1,029 Discovery Miles 10 290 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From the formation of the first institutions of representative government and the use of slavery in the seventeenth century through the American Revolution, the Civil War, the civil rights movement, and into the twenty-first century, Virginia's history has been marked by obstacles to democratic change. In The Grandees of Government, Brent Tarter offers an extended commentary based in primary sources on how these undemocratic institutions and ideas arose, and how they were both perpetuated and challenged.

Although much literature on American republicanism focuses on the writings of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, among others, Tarter reveals how their writings were in reality an expression of federalism, not of republican government. Within Virginia, Jefferson, Madison, and others such as John Taylor of Caroline and their contemporaries governed in ways that directly contradicted their statements about representative--and limited-- government. Even the democratic rhetoric of the American Revolution worked surprisingly little immediate change in the political practices, institutions, and culture of Virginia. The counterrevolution of the 1880s culminated in the Constitution of 1902 that disfranchised the remainder of African Americans. Virginians who could vote reversed the democratic reforms embodied in the constitutions of 1851, 1864, and 1869, so that the antidemocratic Byrd organization could dominate Virginia's public life for the first two-thirds of the twentieth century.

Offering a thorough reevaluation of the interrelationship between the words and actions of Virginia's political leaders, The Grandees of Government provides an entirely new interpretation of Virginia's political history.

Aboard the Fabre Line to Providence - Immigration to Rhode Island (Paperback): Patrick T. Conley, William J Jennings Aboard the Fabre Line to Providence - Immigration to Rhode Island (Paperback)
Patrick T. Conley, William J Jennings
R471 R383 Discovery Miles 3 830 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In an era when immigration was at its peak, the Fabre Line offered the only transatlantic route to southern New England. One of its most important ports was in Providence, Rhode Island. Nearly eighty-four thousand immigrants were admitted to the country between the years 1911 and 1934. Almost one in nine of these individuals elected to settle in Rhode Island after landing in Providence, amounting to around eleven thousand new residents. Most of these immigrants were from Portugal and Italy, and the Fabre Line kept up a brisk and successful business. However, both the line and the families hoping for a new life faced major obstacles in the form of World War I, the immigration restriction laws of the 1920s, and the Great Depression. Join authors Patrick T. Conley and William J. Jennings Jr. as they chronicle the history of the Fabre Line and its role in bringing new residents to the Ocean State.

Country Stores of Vermont - A History & Guide (Paperback): Dennis Bathory-Kitsz Country Stores of Vermont - A History & Guide (Paperback)
Dennis Bathory-Kitsz
R466 R378 Discovery Miles 3 780 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Each Vermont country store carries its own particular stock of special wares and memorable characters. From the Connecticut River to Lake Champlain, country stores and their dedicated owners offer warmth against the blizzard, advice and a friendly ear or a stern word. Neighbors meet and communities are forged beside these feed barrels and bottomless coffee urns. Author Dennis Bathory-Kitsz returns once again to the Green Mountain State with this updated and revised history and guide to its beloved country stores. When Hurricane Irene threatened many of these local institutions and communities in 2011, Vermonters came together, often at their country stores. Explore the very heart of communities big and small, where locals have been keeping their house keys behind the counter and solving the world's problems on the front stoop for more than two hundred years.

Kansas City 1940 - A Watershed Year (Paperback): John Simonson Kansas City 1940 - A Watershed Year (Paperback)
John Simonson
R462 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

1940: It's the year Nazis rain bombs on London and goose-step into Paris, when President Roosevelt wins an unprecedented third term and Kansas Citians finally run the corrupt Pendergast political machine out of power. The new reform-minded city government is bent on cleaning up the sinful "Paris of the Plains" and streamlining its future with wide, new miles of trafficways. Notorious nightclubs have closed. The City Market opens. Glenn Miller swings, Bojangles taps and "Gone with the Wind" premieres. Old buildings make way for parking lots. A dying meteor lights up the night sky above a racially segregated city, home to Charlie Parker, Thomas Hart Benton, Walter Cronkite, Satchel Paige and Thomas J. Pendergast, ex-con. It's all on display here in photographs snapped by WPA workers and stories curated by John Simonson.

Minnesota Mysteries - A History of Unexplained Wonders, Eccentric Characters, Preposterous Claims and Baffling Occurrences in... Minnesota Mysteries - A History of Unexplained Wonders, Eccentric Characters, Preposterous Claims and Baffling Occurrences in the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes (Paperback)
Ben Welter
R462 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Any Minnesotan worth his lutefisk has heard of the Kensington Runestone. But have you heard of Victor Setterlund? In 1949, he uncovered another runestone less than ten miles away. How about Newmann the Great? In 1909, the Kenyon-born illusionist astonished Minneapolitans by driving a team of horses blindfolded across town to find a key hidden in a drugstore safe at Lake and Nicollet. How about little Mary Weinand? In 1915, her father demanded justice when the "meanest boy" at her one-room schoolhouse in Corcoran cut off her luxurious auburn curls. These little-known stories, along with dozens more culled from Minnesota newspaper archives, are presented here in their original form.

Classrooms and Clinics - Urban Schools and the Protection and Promotion of Child Health, 1870-1930 (Paperback, New): Richard A.... Classrooms and Clinics - Urban Schools and the Protection and Promotion of Child Health, 1870-1930 (Paperback, New)
Richard A. Meckel
R947 Discovery Miles 9 470 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Classrooms and Clinics is the first book-length assessment of the development of public school health policies from the late nineteenth century through the early years of the Great Depression. Richard A. Meckel examines the efforts of early twentieth-century child health care advocates and reformers to utilize urban schools to deliver health care services to socioeconomically disadvantaged and medically underserved children in the primary grades. Their goal, Meckel shows, was to improve the children's health and thereby improve their academic performance. Meckel situates these efforts within a larger late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century public discourse relating schools and schooling, especially in cities and towns, to child health. He describes and explains how that discourse and the school hygiene movement it inspired served as critical sites for the constructive negotiation of the nature and extent of the public school's-and by extension the state's-responsibility for protecting and promoting the physical and mental health of the children for whom it was providing a compulsory education. Tracing the evolution of that negotiation through four overlapping stages, Meckel shows how, why, and by whom the health of schoolchildren was discursively constructed as a sociomedical problem and charts and explains the changes that construction underwent over time. He also connects the changes in problem construction to the design and implementation of various interventions and services and evaluates how that design and implementation were affected by the response of the civic, parental, professional, educational, public health, and social welfare groups that considered themselves stakeholders and took part in the discourse. And, most significantly, he examines the responses called forth by the question at the heart of the negotiations: what services are necessitated by the state's and school's taking responsibility for protecting and promoting the health and physical and mental development of schoolchildren. He concludes that the negotiations resulted both in the partial medicalization of American primary education and in the articulation and adoption of a school health policy that accepted the school's responsibility for protecting and promoting the health of its students while largely limiting the services called for to the preventive and educational.

Minnesota's Angling Past (Paperback): Thomas A. Uehling Minnesota's Angling Past (Paperback)
Thomas A. Uehling
R510 R411 Discovery Miles 4 110 Save R99 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The importance of fishing in Minnesota goes back thousands of years: first as a means of critical subsistence and then, in the last 200 years, as a major economic influence. In the 1800s, anglers seeking pristine lakes with ample fish traveled to Minnesota on the railroads. The widespread use of automobiles and an improving road system rapidly increased the state's accessibility in the 1900s, and resorts sprouted everywhere. During the early tourist boom, the state was also home to countless boat builders, tackle manufacturers, and other fishing-related businesses. Images of America: Minnesota's Angling Past provides a view of the time when boats were made from wood and propelled by rowing; when great fishing spots were found through experience rather than electronics; and, for some, a suit or dress was proper attire for a day of fishing. This book includes rare images from across the state that capture memorable days of angling, such as the 1955 Leech Lake Muskie Rampage.

Murder & Mayhem on Staten Island (Paperback): Patricia M. Salmon Murder & Mayhem on Staten Island (Paperback)
Patricia M. Salmon
R458 R369 Discovery Miles 3 690 Save R89 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The excitement and vibrancy of big-city thrills take a deadly turn when they hit Staten Island. Edward Reinhardt murdered his wife and rolled her body in a barrel down a busy thoroughfare. A known bootlegger--and suspected police informant--was found shot three times in a Packard on South Beach, sparking one of the island's greatest mysteries. In 1843, the bodies of a mother and daughter were discovered in a Christmas Day fire; a family member would stand trial three times for their deaths. During the Jazz Age, a kiss would cost a popular Port Richmond teenager her life. Local historian Patricia M. Salmon has meticulously researched Staten Island's most horrific murders, some well known and others long forgotten.

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