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Road to War - The 1871 Yellowstone Surveys (Hardcover): M. John Lubetkin Road to War - The 1871 Yellowstone Surveys (Hardcover)
M. John Lubetkin
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Bearing Arms for His Majesty - The Free-Colored Militia in Colonial Mexico (Paperback, Lte): Ben Vinson Bearing Arms for His Majesty - The Free-Colored Militia in Colonial Mexico (Paperback, Lte)
Ben Vinson
R595 Discovery Miles 5 950 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This study uses the participation of free colored men, whether mulatos, pardos, or morenos (i.e., Afro-Spaniards, Afro-Indians, or "pure blacks"), in New Spain's militias as a prism for examining race relations, racial identity, racial categorization, and issues of social mobility for racially stigmatized groups in colonial Mexico. By 1793, nearly 10 percent of New Spain's population was made up of people who could trace some African ancestry-people subject to more legal disabilities and social discrimination than mestizos, who in turn fell below white creoles, who in turn fell below the Spanish-born, in the stratified and caste-like society of colonial Spanish America.The originality of this study lies in approaching race via a single, important institution, the military, rather than via abstractions or examples taken from particular regions or single runs of legal documents. By exploring the lives of tens of thousands of part-time and full-time free colored soldiers, who served the colony as volunteers or conscripts, and by adopting a multi-regional approach, the author is able not only to show how military institutions evolved with reference to race and vice versa, but to do so in a manner that reveals discontinuities and regional differences as well as historical trends. He also is able to examine black lives beyond the institution of slavery and to achieve a more nuanced impression of the meaning of freedom in colonial times.From the 1550s on, free colored forces figured prominently in the colony's military forces, and units of free colored soldiers evolved with increasing autonomy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The author concludes, however, that the Bourbon reforms of the 1760s-which clearly expanded the military establishment and the role of Spanish soldiers born in the New World-came at the expense of free colored companies, which experienced a reduction in both numbers and institutional privileges.

One-Night Stands with American History - Odd, Amusing, and Little-Known Incidents (Paperback, Revised ed.): Richard Shenkman,... One-Night Stands with American History - Odd, Amusing, and Little-Known Incidents (Paperback, Revised ed.)
Richard Shenkman, Kurt Reiger
R275 R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Save R17 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Respect yourself in the morning -- read One-Night Stands with American History!

This collection of little-known facts and anecdotes is American history with the boring parts left out. Richard Shenkman and Kurt Reiger have uncovered numerous stories about hoaxes, inventions, secrets, and rare incidents -- many involving the most famous and powerful people in America.

  • President U. S. Grant was arrested for speeding in his horse carriage.
  • J. Edgar Hoover refused to allow people to walk on his shadow.
  • France shipped Louisiana twenty-five prostitutes because women were in short supply in 1721.
  • H. L. Hunt won his first oil well in a game of five-card stud.

Even historians find that One-Night Stands with American History features fascinating stories they never knew. Now updated with facts and anecdotes from the last twenty years, this volume is a treasure trove of remarkable stories that will startle, entertain, and inform you. And the best part is that they're all true!

Motoring West - Volume 1: Automobile Pioneers, 1900-1909 (Paperback): Peter J Blodgett Motoring West - Volume 1: Automobile Pioneers, 1900-1909 (Paperback)
Peter J Blodgett
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The Politics of Losing - Trump, the Klan, and the Mainstreaming of Resentment (Hardcover): Rory McVeigh, Kevin Estep The Politics of Losing - Trump, the Klan, and the Mainstreaming of Resentment (Hardcover)
Rory McVeigh, Kevin Estep
R654 R448 Discovery Miles 4 480 Save R206 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Ku Klux Klan has peaked three times in American history: after the Civil War, around the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, and in the 1920s, when the Klan spread farthest and fastest. Recruiting millions of members even in non-Southern states, the Klan's nationalist insurgency burst into mainstream politics. Almost one hundred years later, the pent-up anger of white Americans left behind by a changing economy has once again directed itself at immigrants and cultural outsiders and roiled a presidential election. In The Politics of Losing, Rory McVeigh and Kevin Estep trace the parallels between the 1920s Klan and today's right-wing backlash, identifying the conditions that allow white nationalism to emerge from the shadows. White middle-class Protestant Americans in the 1920s found themselves stranded by an economy that was increasingly industrialized and fueled by immigrant labor. Mirroring the Klan's earlier tactics, Donald Trump delivered a message that mingled economic populism with deep cultural resentments. McVeigh and Estep present a sociological analysis of the Klan's outbreaks that goes beyond Trump the individual to show how his rise to power was made possible by a convergence of circumstances. White Americans' experience of declining privilege and perceptions of lost power can trigger a political backlash that overtly asserts white-nationalist goals. The Politics of Losing offers a rigorous and lucid explanation for a recurrent phenomenon in American history, with important lessons about the origins of our alarming political climate.

The Promise of the Grand Canyon - John Wesley Powell's Perilous Journey and His Vision for the American West (Paperback):... The Promise of the Grand Canyon - John Wesley Powell's Perilous Journey and His Vision for the American West (Paperback)
John F. Ross
R333 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R79 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, 1860-1901 - Operating by Any Means Necessary (Paperback, 1st ed): Michael E. Lomax Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, 1860-1901 - Operating by Any Means Necessary (Paperback, 1st ed)
Michael E. Lomax
R363 R293 Discovery Miles 2 930 Save R70 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

An important and forgotten chapter in sports and African American history. Here is the first in-depth account of the birth of black baseball and its dramatic passage from grass-roots venture to commercial enterprise. In the late nineteenth century resourceful black businessmen founded ball teams that became the Negro Leagues. Racial bias aside, they faced vast odds, from the need to court white sponsors to negotiating ball parks. With no blacks in cities, they barnstormed small towns to attract fans, employing all manner of gimmickry to rouse attention. Drawing on major newspapers and obscure African-American journals, the author explores the diverse forces that shaped minority baseball. He looks unflinchingly at prejudice in amateur and pro circles and constant inadequate press coverage. He assesses the impact of urbanization, migration, and the rise of northern ghettoes, and he applauds those bold innovators who forged black baseball into a parallel club that appealed to whites yet nurtured a uniquely African American playing style. This was black baseball's finest hour: at once a source of great ethnic pride and a hardwon pathway for integration into the mainstream.

A People and a Nation, International Edition (Paperback, 9th edition): David W Blight, Howard P. Chudacoff, Fredrik Logevall,... A People and a Nation, International Edition (Paperback, 9th edition)
David W Blight, Howard P. Chudacoff, Fredrik Logevall, Beth Bailey, Mary Beth Norton, …
R1,060 R902 Discovery Miles 9 020 Save R158 (15%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

A PEOPLE AND A NATION, International Edition is a best-selling text offering a spirited narrative that tells the stories of all people in the United States. The authors' attention to race and racial identity and their inclusion of everyday people and popular culture brings history to life, engaging readers and encouraging them to imagine what life was really like in the past.

A People and a Nation - A History of the United States, Volume II: Since 1865, International Edition (Paperback, 9th edition):... A People and a Nation - A History of the United States, Volume II: Since 1865, International Edition (Paperback, 9th edition)
Fredrik Logevall, Beth Bailey, Mary Beth Norton, Carol Sheriff
R813 R693 Discovery Miles 6 930 Save R120 (15%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

A PEOPLE AND A NATION, International Edition is a best-selling text offering a spirited narrative that tells the stories of all people in the United States. The authors' attention to race and racial identity and their inclusion of everyday people and popular culture brings history to life, engaging readers and encouraging them to imagine what life was really like in the past.

Prelude to the Dust Bowl - Drought in the Nineteenth-Century Southern Plains (Hardcover): Kevin Z Sweeney Prelude to the Dust Bowl - Drought in the Nineteenth-Century Southern Plains (Hardcover)
Kevin Z Sweeney
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An Affair with Beauty - The Mystique of Howard Chandler Christy: Romantic Illusions (Hardcover): James Phillip Head An Affair with Beauty - The Mystique of Howard Chandler Christy: Romantic Illusions (Hardcover)
James Phillip Head
R860 R667 Discovery Miles 6 670 Save R193 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Do a Teresa Confronts the Spanish Inquisition - A Seventeenth-Century New Mexican Drama (Hardcover, First Edition, New ed.):... Do a Teresa Confronts the Spanish Inquisition - A Seventeenth-Century New Mexican Drama (Hardcover, First Edition, New ed.)
Frances Levine
R672 Discovery Miles 6 720 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Digging New Jersey's Past - Historical Archaeology in the Garden State (Paperback): Richard Viet Digging New Jersey's Past - Historical Archaeology in the Garden State (Paperback)
Richard Viet
R632 Discovery Miles 6 320 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

When people think of archaeology, they commonly think of unearthing the remains of ancient civilizations in Egypt, Greece, Rome, Central or South America. But some fascinating history can be found in your own New Jersey backyard -- if you know where to look.

Richard Veit takes readers on a well-organized guided tour through four hundred years of Garden State development as seen through archaeology in Digging New Jersey's Past. This illustrated guidebook takes readers to some of the state's most interesting buried treasures and tells us what has been learned or is being learned from them. The diverse array of archaeological digs, drawn from all parts of the state, includes a seventeenth-century Dutch trading post, the site of the Battle of Monmouth, the gravemarkers of freed slaves, and a 1920s railroad roundhouse, among others.

Veit begins with an explanation of the basic techniques used by historical archaeologists. He explains how they know where to dig and what sites are likely to yield important information. He then describes excavation techniques: How do archaeologists go about excavating a site? What happens to artifacts after they have been removed? How are they cataloged, stored, and interpreted?

The book then moves through the state's history, from the contact of first peoples and explorers, to colonial homesteads, the Revolutionary War battlefields, cemeteries, canals and railroads, factories and laboratories of early inventors. Such excavations help us to better understand poorly documented historical episodes, the lives of disenfranchised people, and the realities of day-to-day life in the past. Veit concludes with some thoughts about the future of archaeologicalresearch in New Jersey and with suggestions on ways that interested individuals can become involved in the field.

An Illustrated History of New Mexico (Paperback, New Ed): Thomas E Chavez An Illustrated History of New Mexico (Paperback, New Ed)
Thomas E Chavez
R469 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R93 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Originally published in 1992 and available now only from UNM Press, "An Illustrated History of New Mexico" combines more than two hundred photographs and a concise history to create an engaging, panoramic view of New Mexicos fascinating past. For thousands of years various cultures have filtered into New Mexico, and each has adapted to the land. New Mexico has become a cosmopolitan society of many nationalities and ethnicities, all influenced by those who came before, and all part of a distinctive New Mexican culture that thrives today.

A Mountain View - Childhood Summers on Upper Saranac Lake (Hardcover, 1st ed): Lewis Spence A Mountain View - Childhood Summers on Upper Saranac Lake (Hardcover, 1st ed)
Lewis Spence
R485 R383 Discovery Miles 3 830 Save R102 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A colorful portrait of a vanished time and a way of life filled with many memorable characters. As a child in the 1930s, Spence spent several summers on Upper Saranac Lake, over which his imperious blue-blooded Kentucky grandfather presided. Using his grandfather as a focal point, the author depicts the construction, decor and lifestyle associated with the great camps. While his grandfather indulged a life of patrician arrogance by recasting his ancestors as Civil War heroes and cultivating the local elite, Bud, the young scion of his line, took up more practical pursuits. His tutor was the camp's handyman and erstwhile guide, an uncouth Swede who relished profanity and waged daily battles with a tin boat.

Running With Pheidippides - Stylianos Kyriakides, The Miracle Marathoner (Hardcover, 1st ed): Nick Tsiotos Running With Pheidippides - Stylianos Kyriakides, The Miracle Marathoner (Hardcover, 1st ed)
Nick Tsiotos
R546 R429 Discovery Miles 4 290 Save R117 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This text tells the true story of Stylianos Kyriakides who, against all odds, entered and triumphed in the 1946 Boston Marathon. Kyriakides ran not just to win, but to draw the world's attention to his home country, Greece, which had resisted Nazi occupation and was torn apart by civil war.

The Crash of Ruin - American Combat Soldiers in Europe during World War II (Paperback): Peter Schrijvers The Crash of Ruin - American Combat Soldiers in Europe during World War II (Paperback)
Peter Schrijvers
R581 Discovery Miles 5 810 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"This terrifying, remarkable work examines the attitudes, perceptions, and behavior of U.S. fighting men in the Pacific theater during World War II. Imaginatively drawing on letters, diaries, memoirs, military reports, and contemporary psychological assessments, Schrijvers reveals the social, historical, and emotional roots of the peculiarly frenzied and merciless war...this temperate study of murderous fury is among the most unsettling books I've read in years."
--"The Atlantic Monthly"

"One of the most remarkable books I have ever come across. A significant and fascinating contribution to the field. The Crash of Ruin should appeal to a large audience of readers interested in World War II history."
"--Edward M. Coffman, Author of The War to End All Wars: The American Military Experience in World War I"

"The Crash of Ruin offers the reader both intellectual and emotional rewards. . . . Its narrative power makes it a wonderful read."
"--Susan M. Hartmann, The Ohio State University"

"A brilliant contribution to intercultural studies. It imaginatively combines the anew' military history with an older American Studies research and writing technique. Not only will the book attract a wide range of readers, it should also stimulate scholars to adopt this approach to many other topics in cultural studies."


"--William R. Childs, Author of Trucking and the Public Interest"

In the ruined Europe of World War II, American soldiers on the front lines had no eye for breathtaking vistas or romantic settings. The brutality of battle profoundly darkened their perceptions of the Old World. As the only means of international travel for the masses, the military exposedmillions of Americans to a Europe in swift, catastrophic decline.

Drawing on soldiers' diaries, letters, poems, and songs, Peter Schrijvers offers a compelling account of the experiences of U.S. combat ground forces: their struggles with the European terrain and seasons, their confrontations with soldiers, and their often startling encounters with civilians. Schrijvers relays how the GIs became so desensitized and dehumanized that the sight of dead animals often evoked more compassion than the sight of enemy dead.

The Crash of Ruin concludes with a dramatic and moving account of the final Allied offensive into German-held territory and the soldiers' bearing witness to the ultimate symbol of Europe's descent into ruin--the death camps of the Holocaust.

The harrowing experiences of the GIs convinced them that Europe's collapse was not only the result of the war, but also the Old World's deep-seated political cynicism, economic stagnation, and cultural decadence. The soldiers came to believe that the plague of war formed an inseparable part of the Old World's decline and fall.

Caribbean Studies for CAPE - A CXC Study Guide (Mixed media product, New edition): Jason Sammy, Nardia Johnson, Recardo... Caribbean Studies for CAPE - A CXC Study Guide (Mixed media product, New edition)
Jason Sammy, Nardia Johnson, Recardo Valentine
R527 Discovery Miles 5 270 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Written by an experienced team comprising of experts in the CAPE Caribbean Studies syllabus and examination, and teachers, this Study Guide covers elements of the syllabus you must know in an easy-to-use double-page format. Each topic begins with the key learning outcomes from the syllabus and contains a range of features designed to enhance your study of the subject.

All But the Waltz - A Memoir of Five Generations in the Life of a Montana Family (Paperback): Mary Clearman Blew All But the Waltz - A Memoir of Five Generations in the Life of a Montana Family (Paperback)
Mary Clearman Blew
R362 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R70 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In language reminiscent of the wild beauty of Big Sky Country, the author gives readers a glimpse into the lives of her family as she traces their connection to Montana's natural and human landscape. Beginning with her great-grandparents' arrival in 1882 in Montana--still a territory then--Blew relates the stories that make up her life. Illustrations.

From Slave to Statesman - The Life of Educator, Editor, and Civil Rights Activist Willis M. Carter of Virginia (Hardcover):... From Slave to Statesman - The Life of Educator, Editor, and Civil Rights Activist Willis M. Carter of Virginia (Hardcover)
Robert Heinrich, Deborah Harding; Foreword by Henry Louis Gates Jr
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Jefferson, Madison, and the Making of the Constitution (Hardcover): Jeff Broadwater Jefferson, Madison, and the Making of the Constitution (Hardcover)
Jeff Broadwater
R542 R397 Discovery Miles 3 970 Save R145 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, and James Madison, ""Father of the Constitution,"" were two of the most important Founders of the United States as well as the closest of political allies. Yet historians have often seen a tension between the idealistic rhetoric of the Declaration and the more pedestrian language of the Constitution. Moreover, to some, the adoption of the Constitution represented a repudiation of the democratic values of the Revolution. In this book, Jeff Broadwater explores the evolution of the constitutional thought of these two seminal American figures, from the beginning of the American Revolution through the adoption of the Bill of Rights. In explaining how the two political compatriots could have produced such seemingly dissimilar documents but then come to a common constitutional ground, Broadwater reveals how their collaboration-and their disagreements-influenced the full range of constitutional questions during this early period of the American republic.

From Fireplace To Cookstove - Technology and the Domestic Ideal in America (Hardcover, 1st ed): Priscilla J. Brewer From Fireplace To Cookstove - Technology and the Domestic Ideal in America (Hardcover, 1st ed)
Priscilla J. Brewer
R560 R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Save R117 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

An examination of the development of the first American appliance - the cast iron stove. The stove created a quiet but culturally contested transform of domestic life and sparked important debates about women, industrialization, the definition of social class and the consumer economy.

Fort BASCOM - Comancheros, Soldiers, and Indians in the Canadian River Valley (Hardcover): James Bailey Blackshear Fort BASCOM - Comancheros, Soldiers, and Indians in the Canadian River Valley (Hardcover)
James Bailey Blackshear
R673 Discovery Miles 6 730 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
United States Infantry - An Illustrated History, 1775-1918 (Paperback, New edition): Gregory J.W. Urwin United States Infantry - An Illustrated History, 1775-1918 (Paperback, New edition)
Gregory J.W. Urwin
R326 R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Save R56 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

American infantrymen served their country in the fury of battle with muskets, rifles, bayonets, and bare hands. Gregory J.W. Urwin narrates the history of these men from their colonial origins through the War of 1812, the Mexican War, Civil War, the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, and finally to their painful coming of age in 1918, as a world-class combat force on the fields of France in World War I. He describes their strategic and tactical challenges and documents how military leaders responded to changes and implemented new policies. Thirty-two color plates by illustrator Darby Erd accurately depict uniforms, arms, and accoutrements. Eight maps of campaigns and more than one hundred black-and-white illustrations accompany the narrative.

Harlem 69 - The Future of Soul (Paperback): Stuart Cosgrove Harlem 69 - The Future of Soul (Paperback)
Stuart Cosgrove 1
R239 R196 Discovery Miles 1 960 Save R43 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In 1969, among Harlem's Rabelaisian cast of characters are bandleader King Curtis, soul singers Aretha Franklin and Donny Hathaway, and drug peddler Jimmy `Goldfinger' Terrell. In February a raid on tenements across New York leads to the arrest of 21 Black Panther party members and one of the most controversial trials of the era. In the summer Harlem plays host to Black Woodstock and concerts starring Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone. The world's most famous guitarist, Jimi Hendrix, a major supporter of the Black Panthers, returns to Harlem in support of their cause. By the end of the year Harlem is gripped by a heroin pandemic and the death of a 12-year-old child sends shockwaves through the USA, leaving Harlem stigmatised as an area ravaged by crime, gangsters and a darkly vengeful drug problem.

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