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The Mormon Rebellion - America's First Civil War, 1857-1858 (Paperback): David L Bigler, Will Bagley The Mormon Rebellion - America's First Civil War, 1857-1858 (Paperback)
David L Bigler, Will Bagley
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In 1857 President James Buchanan ordered U.S. troops to Utah to replace Brigham Young as governor and restore order in what the federal government viewed as a territory in rebellion. In this compelling narrative, award-winning authors David L. Bigler and Will Bagley use long-suppressed sources to show that--contrary to common perception--the Mormon rebellion was not the result of Buchanan's "blunder," nor was it a David-and-Goliath tale in which an abused religious minority heroically defied the imperial ambitions of an unjust and tyrannical government. They argue that Mormon leaders had their own far-reaching ambitions and fully intended to establish an independent nation--the Kingdom of God--in the West.

Long overshadowed by the Civil War, the tragic story of this conflict involved a tense and protracted clash pitting Brigham Young's Nauvoo Legion against Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston and the U.S. Army's Utah Expedition. In the end, the conflict between the two armies saw no pitched battles, but in the authors' view, Buchanan's decision to order troops to Utah, his so-called blunder, eventually proved decisive and beneficial for both Mormons and the American republic.

A rich exploration of events and forces that presaged the Civil War, "The Mormon Rebellion "broadens our understanding of both antebellum America and Utah's frontier theocracy and offers a challenging reinterpretation of a controversial chapter in Mormon annals.

A History of America in 100 Maps (Hardcover): Susan Schulten A History of America in 100 Maps (Hardcover)
Susan Schulten 1
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In this richly visual narrative, acclaimed historian Susan Schulten explores five centuries of American history through maps. From the voyages of European discovery to the digital age, she reveals the many ways that maps have shaped history. Whether made for military strategy or urban reform, to encourage settlement or to investigate disease, maps have the power to illuminate and complicate our understanding of the past. Schulten draws on both official and ephemeral artefacts - maps of exploration, political conflict and territorial control as well as education, science and tourism. Many of the maps in this volume have been deemed important for their role in exploration, statecraft, and diplomacy. But readers will also find lesser-known maps made by soldiers on the front, Native American tribal leaders, and the first generation of girls to be publicly educated. By exploring both iconic as well as unfamiliar treasures, Susan Schulten offers us a fresh perspective on the American past. Most of the maps in this book are from the British Library collection - the richest storehouse of American mapping outside North America. Many have not been reproduced before.

The Coming of Southern Prohibition - The Dispensary System and the Battle Over Liquor in South Carolina, 1907-1915 (Hardcover):... The Coming of Southern Prohibition - The Dispensary System and the Battle Over Liquor in South Carolina, 1907-1915 (Hardcover)
Michael Lewis
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Peoples of the Plateau - The Indian Photographs of Lee Moorhouse, 1898-1915 (Paperback, New): Steven L Grafe Peoples of the Plateau - The Indian Photographs of Lee Moorhouse, 1898-1915 (Paperback, New)
Steven L Grafe; Foreword by Paula Richardson Fleming
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The remarkable photographs in Peoples of the Plateau capture the lives of Pacific Northwest Indians at the turn of the twentieth century--and at a turning point in their own history. This first major examination of photographer Lee Moorhouse and his work is lavishly illustrated with 104 b&w photographs.

Slavery's Descendants - Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation (Hardcover): Jill Strauss, Dionne Ford Slavery's Descendants - Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation (Hardcover)
Jill Strauss, Dionne Ford; Preface by Dionne Ford; Introduction by Jill Strauss; Contributions by Shannon Lanier, …
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No Word for Time - The Way of the Algonquin (Paperback): Evan Pritchard No Word for Time - The Way of the Algonquin (Paperback)
Evan Pritchard
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No Word for Time has garnered superlatives from reviewers and influentual Native American figures, who have declared it one of the finest books on Native American spirituality ever written. Evan Pritchard, a descendent of a Micmac chief, aimed to learn more about his own native traditions through studying the language of the Algonquin, the key to their worldview: "They don't write in metaphor, they speak it; they don't recite poetry, they live it". The tribes collectively named "Algonquin" once occupied large stretches of North America, and their influence on our culture is vast. This edition includes a new index and afterword, and a beautiful new cover.

Brigham Young and the Expansion of the Mormon Faith (Hardcover): Thomas G. Alexander Brigham Young and the Expansion of the Mormon Faith (Hardcover)
Thomas G. Alexander
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Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples of Hope - Kerry Kennedy in Conversation with Heads of State, Business Leaders, Influencers, and... Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples of Hope - Kerry Kennedy in Conversation with Heads of State, Business Leaders, Influencers, and Activists about Her Father's Impact on Their Lives (Paperback)
Kerry Kennedy
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Robert F. Kennedy staunchly advocated for civil rights, education, justice, and peace; his message transcended race, class, and creed, resonating deeply within and across America. He was the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for the presidency and was expected to run against Republican Richard Nixon in the 1968 presidential election, following in the footsteps of his late brother John. After winning the California presidential primary on June 5, 1968, Robert Kennedy was shot, and he died the following day. He was forty-two. Fifty years later, Robert Kennedy's passions and concerns and the issues he championed are -- for better and worse-still so relevant. Ripples of Hope explores Kennedy's influence on issues at the heart of America's identity today, including moral courage, economic and social justice, the role of government, international relations, youth, violence, and support for minority groups, among other salient topics. Ripples of Hope captures the legacy of former senator and U.S. attorney general Robert F. Kennedy through commentary from his daughter, as well as interviews with dozens of prominent national and international figures who have been inspired by him. They include Barack Obama, John Lewis, Marian Wright Edelman, Alfre Woodard, Harry Belafonte, Bono, George Clooney, Gloria Steinem, and more. They share personal accounts and stories of how Kennedy's words, life, and values have influenced their lives, choices, and actions. Through these interviews, Kerry Kennedy aims to enlighten people anew about her father's legacy and bring to life RFK's values and passions, using as milestones the end of his last campaign and a life that was cut off much too soon. Thurston Clarke provides a powerful foreword to the book with his previous reporting on RFK's funeral train.

Red Meat Republic - A Hoof-to-Table History of How Beef Changed America (Hardcover): Joshua Specht Red Meat Republic - A Hoof-to-Table History of How Beef Changed America (Hardcover)
Joshua Specht
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How beef conquered America and gave rise to the modern industrial food complex By the late nineteenth century, Americans rich and poor had come to expect high-quality fresh beef with almost every meal. Beef production in the United States had gone from small-scale, localized operations to a highly centralized industry spanning the country, with cattle bred on ranches in the rural West, slaughtered in Chicago, and consumed in the nation (TM)s rapidly growing cities. Red Meat Republic tells the remarkable story of the violent conflict over who would reap the benefits of this new industry and who would bear its heavy costs. Joshua Specht puts people at the heart of his story "the big cattle ranchers who helped to drive the nation (TM)s westward expansion, the meatpackers who created a radically new kind of industrialized slaughterhouse, and the stockyard workers who were subjected to the shocking and unsanitary conditions described by Upton Sinclair in his novel The Jungle. Specht brings to life a turbulent era marked by Indian wars, Chicago labor unrest, and food riots in the streets of New York. He shows how the enduring success of the cattle-beef complex "centralized, low cost, and meatpacker dominated "was a consequence of the meatpackers (TM) ability to make their interests overlap with those of a hungry public, while the interests of struggling ranchers, desperate workers, and bankrupt butchers took a backseat. America "and the American table "would never be the same again. A compelling and unfailingly enjoyable read, Red Meat Republic reveals the complex history of exploitation and innovation behind the food we consume today.

The Constitution of the United States, with Index, and the Declaration of Independence (Staple bound): National Center for... The Constitution of the United States, with Index, and the Declaration of Independence (Staple bound)
National Center for Constitutional Studies
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The Constitution of the United States, with Index, and The Declaration of Independence: Pocket Edition

This Constitution was proofed word for word against the original Constitution housed in the Archives in Washington, D.C. It is identical in spelling, capitalization and punctuation. It is sized in accordance with one produced by President Thomas Jefferson and includes the Bill of Rights, Amendments 11 through 27, The Declaration of Independence and a complete index of the Constitution. 52 pages. 3-1/4 x 6-1/2 inches. Published by the National Center for Constitutional Studies, a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to restoring Constitutional principles in the tradition of America's Founding Fathers.

Sea of Sand - A History of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (Hardcover): Michael M Geary Sea of Sand - A History of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (Hardcover)
Michael M Geary
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The Double Life of Fidel Castro - The Hidden World of Cuba's Greatest Leader (Paperback): Juan Sanchez The Double Life of Fidel Castro - The Hidden World of Cuba's Greatest Leader (Paperback)
Juan Sanchez
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There are few living international figures who fascinate the world more than Fidel Castro. He is at once an infamous historical figure, a modern-day politician and one of the last of his kind. From the leader of a revolution to one who has been accused of dictatorship, exploiting the power of his position to become one of the wealthiest leaders in the world, Fidel Castro's life away from the public eye has remained largely unscrutinised. Despite the world's long-standing desire to know more, biographers have thus far barely scratched the surface of Castro's life and reign. No one with any real knowledge or intimacy of Castro has ever been able to come forward to tell their story - partly because so few people can claim that distinction, and partly because the few who can would never make it out of Cuba. At long last, though, at the end of Castro's life, someone has. Juan Sanchez, former personal chaperone to Castro and, later, fugitive from the vindictive regime, offers a shocking exposure of the man to whom he was devoted for seventeen years - a man whose secret life is entirely different from the facade he presents to the people of Cuba.

Blood of the Prophets - Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows (Paperback, New edition): W. Bagley Blood of the Prophets - Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows (Paperback, New edition)
W. Bagley
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Bagley presents an authoritative investigation of Brigham Young and events surrounding the infamous Mountain Meadows Massacre. Includes maps and 36 b&w illustrations.

Abolitionizing Missouri - German Immigrants and Racial Ideology in Nineteenth-Century America (Hardcover): Kristen Layne... Abolitionizing Missouri - German Immigrants and Racial Ideology in Nineteenth-Century America (Hardcover)
Kristen Layne Anderson
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John Brown - The Legend Revisited (Paperback, New Ed): Merrill D. Peterson John Brown - The Legend Revisited (Paperback, New Ed)
Merrill D. Peterson
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Few figures hold as mythic a place in America's historical consciousness as John Brown. A fervent abolitionist, his New England reserve tempered by a childhood on the Ohio frontier, Brown advocated arming fugitive slaves to fight for their freedom, an idea that impressed Frederick Douglass, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau. In 1855, answering the call of his five sons to join them in the desperate struggle for freedom in the new territories, John Brown became a hero of "Bleeding Kansas." When he returned east, the fiery leader launched his ambitious campaign to rouse the slaves to freedom with a raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry in 1859.

Labeled a madman for his failed military adventure, and repudiated even by prominent antislavery leaders, Brown was tried in a Virginia court and sentenced to hang for treason and sundry other crimes. In John Brown: Legend Revisited, the eminent historian Merrill D. Peterson brings the same blend of sharp-eyed analysis and narrative elegance to bear on Brown's legacy that he has used to unravel the images of Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.

Brown's reputation has undergone a series of tectonic shifts since he met his death on the gallows just before the Civil War. Southerners viewed his exploits with apprehension, seeing Harpers Ferry as a harbinger of servile insurrection, while Brown's eloquence before the court won him sympathy in the North and confirmed his place there as a hero and martyr. Thoreau, the author of passive resistance, wrote of Brown as a man of conscience. Perhaps most important historically, Brown's exploits convinced Southerners that Lincoln's election meant secession and a call to arms.

Peterson gives us Brown in his own day, but he also shows how the flaming abolitionist warrior's image, celebrated in art, literature, and journalism, has shed some of the infamy conferred by "Bleeding Kansas" to become a symbol of American idealism and fervor to activists along the political spectrum. And so in the civil rights battles of the twentieth century, Brown became a hero to African Americans.

Civil Rights and Beyond - African American and Latino/a Activism in the Twentieth-Century United States (Paperback): Brian D.... Civil Rights and Beyond - African American and Latino/a Activism in the Twentieth-Century United States (Paperback)
Brian D. Behnken; Commentary by Dan Berger, Hannah Gill
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Civil Rights and Beyond examines the dynamic relationships between African American and Latino/a activists in the United States from the 1930s to the present day. Building on recent scholarship that explores black-Latino/a relations in the United States, this book pushes the timeframe for the study of interactions between blacks and a variety of Latino/a groups beyond the standard chronology of the civil rights era. As such, the book merges a host of community histories-each with their own distinct historical experiences and activisms-to explore group dynamics, differing strategies and activist moments, and the broader quests of these communities for rights and social justice. This book is framed around the concept of "activism," which most fully encompasses the relationships that blacks and Latinos have enjoyed throughout the twentieth century. Wide ranging and pioneering, Civil Rights and Beyond explores black and Latino/a activism from California to Florida, Chicago to Bakersfield-and a host of other communities and cities-to demonstrate the complicated nature of African American-Latino/a activism in the twentieth-century United States.

Legendary Louisiana Outlaws - The Villains and Heroes of Folk Justice (Hardcover): Keagan Lejeune Legendary Louisiana Outlaws - The Villains and Heroes of Folk Justice (Hardcover)
Keagan Lejeune
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Mouth Full of Blood - Essays, Speeches, Meditations (Hardcover): Toni Morrison Mouth Full of Blood - Essays, Speeches, Meditations (Hardcover)
Toni Morrison 1
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A vital new non-fiction collection from one of the most celebrated and revered writers of our time `Word-work is sublime, she thinks, because it is generative; it makes meaning that secures our difference, our human difference-the way in which we are like no other life. We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.' The Nobel Lecture in Literature, 1993 Spanning four decades, these essays, speeches and meditations interrogate the world around us. They are concerned with race, gender and globalisation. The sweep of American history and the current state of politics. The duty of the press and the role of the artist. Throughout A Mouth Full of Blood our search for truth, moral integrity and expertise is met by Toni Morrison with controlled anger, elegance and literary excellence. The collection is structured in three parts and these are heart-stoppingly introduced by a prayer for the dead of 9/11, a meditation on Martin Luther King and a eulogy for James Baldwin. Morrison's Nobel lecture, on the power of language, is accompanied by lectures to Amnesty International and the Newspaper Association of America. She speaks to graduating students and visitors to both the Louvre and America's Black Holocaust Museum. She revisits The Bluest Eye, Sula and Beloved; reassessing the novels that have become touchstones for generations of readers. A Mouth Full of Blood is a powerful, erudite and essential gathering of ideas that speaks to us all. `To what do we pay greatest allegiance? Family, language group, culture, country, gender? Religion, race? And, if none of these matter, are we urbane, cosmopolitan or simply lonely? In other words, how do we decide where we belong? What convinces us that we do?' The Alexander Lecture series, 2002

Path to Excellence - Building the University of Oklahoma, 1890-2015 (Hardcover): John R. Lovett, Jacquelyn Slater Reese,... Path to Excellence - Building the University of Oklahoma, 1890-2015 (Hardcover)
John R. Lovett, Jacquelyn Slater Reese, Bethany R Mowry; Preface by David L. Boren
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The Artistic Odyssey of Higinio V. Gonzales - A Tinsmith and Poet in Territorial New Mexico (Hardcover): Maurice M Dixon Jr The Artistic Odyssey of Higinio V. Gonzales - A Tinsmith and Poet in Territorial New Mexico (Hardcover)
Maurice M Dixon Jr; Foreword by Carmella Padilla; Translated by Alejandro Lopez
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The Size of the Risk - Histories of Multiple Use in the Great Basin (Hardcover): Leisl Carr-Childers The Size of the Risk - Histories of Multiple Use in the Great Basin (Hardcover)
Leisl Carr-Childers
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Radical Suburbs - Experimental Living on the Fringes of the American City (Paperback): Amanda Kolson Hurley Radical Suburbs - Experimental Living on the Fringes of the American City (Paperback)
Amanda Kolson Hurley
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Custer - Cavalier in Buckskin (Hardcover, New edition): Robert M. Utley Custer - Cavalier in Buckskin (Hardcover, New edition)
Robert M. Utley
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George Armstrong Custer. The name evokes instant recognition among Americans and people around the world. No figure in the history of the American West has more powerfully moved the human imagination. This new, lavishly illustrated book combines over 300 photographs and paintings, many in color, with a revised edition of Robert M. Utley's classic biography, "Cavalier in Buckskin."

Drawing on twelve years of additional research on Sitting Bull and the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Utley has dramatically changed his original interpretations of Custer's Last Stand in this revised edition, and has brought the reference list completely up to date for the benefit of students, scholars, and western history buffs.

Bringing to life vivid images of the western military frontier, Custer presents George Armstrong Custer, the man and the legend, and illuminates the challenges he faced in warfare with the Indians of the Great Plains.

As Far as the Eye Could Reach - Accounts of Animals Along the Santa Fe Trail, 1821-1880 (Paperback): Phyllis S. Morgan As Far as the Eye Could Reach - Accounts of Animals Along the Santa Fe Trail, 1821-1880 (Paperback)
Phyllis S. Morgan; Foreword by Marc Simmons; Illustrated by Ronald Kil
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The Long Death - The Last Days of the Plains Indian (Paperback, New edition): Ralph K. Andrist The Long Death - The Last Days of the Plains Indian (Paperback, New edition)
Ralph K. Andrist; Introduction by Dee Brown
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This compelling narrative explains how Native Americans found themselves time and again betrayed by the ever-expanding white nation of the East, fighting for lands on the edge of the shrinking frontier. Long considered a classic, this edition features an introduction by Dee Brown, author of" Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."

"A vivid, swiftly paced account of the dispossession of the Plains Indians during the half century after 1840--"The New York Times Book Review,"

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