• History
      November 2015

      Jimmy Hoffa Called My Mom A Bitch: Profiles in Stupidity

      by Jason H. Vines

      The book is broken up into various chapters of stupidity: Stupid Democrats, Stupid Republicans, Stupid Atheists, Stupid Christians, Stupid Criminals, Stupid Policies, Stupid People and so on. The “Stupid Criminals” chapter contains one of my favorite columns that appeared on the Detroit News’ political website. The June 29, 2010 column is titled “Globe Al Warming Gets Rubbed the Wrong Way,” and it takes on allegations that the former VP got inappropriately horny with female masseuse at a Portland, Oregon hotel. That column also continues the sick, yet hilarious saga of Otis “Masturgate” Mathis, the illiterate (no kidding), former head of Detroit Public Schools who was forced out after he admittedly fondled himself in front of numerous female superintendents. No, I am not making this up. I coined the scandal “Masturgate” and it soon became the rage in Detroit media and made my column one of the most popular on the site.

    • Islam
      October 2016

      Muslims and the Making of America

      by Amir Hussain

      "There has never been an America without Muslims"—so begins Amir Hussain, one of the most important scholars and teachers of Islam in America. Hussain, who is himself an American Muslim, contends that Muslims played an essential role in the creation and cultivation of the United States. Memories of 9/11 and the rise of global terrorism fuel concerns about American Muslims. The fear of American Muslims in part stems from the stereotype that all followers of Islam are violent extremists who want to overturn the American way of life. Inherent to this stereotype is the popular misconception that Islam is a new religion to America. In Muslims and the Making of America Hussain directly addresses both of these stereotypes. Far from undermining America, Islam and American Muslims have been, and continue to be, important threads in the fabric of American life. Hussain chronicles the history of Islam in America to underscore the valuable cultural influence of Muslims on American life. He then rivets attention on music, sports, and culture as key areas in which Muslims have shaped and transformed American identity. America, Hussain concludes, would not exist as it does today without the essential contributions made by its Muslim citizens. ; Introduction: The American Ideal and Islam1. Islam in America: A Short History2. Blues for Allah: Music3. The Greatest: Sports4. American Mosques: CultureConclusion: The Poetry of Ordinary American Muslim Lives

    • Memoirs
      March 2012

      Dancing Through History

      In Search of the Stories That Define Canada

      by Lori Henry

      In Dancing Through History, Henry crosses Canada's vast physical and ethnic terrain to uncover how its various cultures have evolved through their dances. Her coast-to-coast journey takes her to Haida Gwaii in British Columbia, where she witnesses the seldom seen animist dances of the islands' First Nation people. In the Arctic, Henry partakes in Inuit drum dancing, kept alive by a new generation of Nunavut youth. And in CapeBreton, she uncovers the ancient "step dance" of the once culturally oppressed Gaels of Nova Scotia. During her travels, Henry discovers that dance helps to break down barriers and encourage cooperation between people with a history of injustice. Dance, she finds, can provide key insight into what people value most as a culture, which is often more similar than it seems. It is this kind of understanding that goes beyond our divisive histories and gives us compassion for one another. Unique to this book, Dancing Through History includes first person interviews with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (Canada's Aboriginal groups) talking about their traditions and the effect colonisation has had on them, all through the lens of dance. Their voices are given ample space to speak for themselves – what is revealed is a beautiful worldview and many lessons to be learned in order to have a healthy planet and tolerant people as we move into the future. Book Details: This is an adult non-fiction book of Canadian content. The target market is curious travellers and those interested in culture beyond the typical tourist traps. Sales have ranged from junior high schools to retired baby boomers. Interested publishers can make an offer directly on the profile page to buy available rights.

    • History of the Americas
      September 1999

      Sacred Debts

      State Civil War Claims and American Federalism

      by Kyle Sinisi

    • Politics & government
      March 2000

      The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

      The First Complete, Unexpurgated Text

      by Edited and with a new introduction by Harold Holzer

      The seven debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas held during the Illinois senatorial race of 1858 are among the most important statements in American political history, dramatic struggles over the issues that would tear apart the nation in the Civil War: the virtues of a republic and the evils of slavery. In this acclaimed book, Holzer brings us as close as possible to what Lincoln and Douglas actually said. Using transcripts of Lincoln's speeches as recorded by the pro-Douglas news-paper, and vice versa, he offers the most reliable, unedited record available of the debates. Also included are background on the sites, crowd comments, and a new introduction.

    • History of the Americas
      November 2006

      "First among Equals"

      Abraham Lincoln's Reputation During His Administration

      by Hans L. Trefousse

    • History of the Americas
      December 2001

      "I Must be a Part of this War"

      A German American's Fight against Hitler and Nazism

      by Patricia Kollander, with John O'Sullivan

    • History of the Americas
      July 2006

      The Great Task Remaining Before Us

      Reconstruction as America's Continuing Civil War

      by Edited by Paul A. Cimbala, and Randall M. Miller

    • History of the Americas
      May 2006

      Freedwomen and the Freedmen's Bureau

      Race, Gender, and Public Policy in the Age of Emancipation

      by Mary Farmer-Kaiser

    • History of the Americas
      March 2006

      Union Combined Operations in the Civil War

      Systems and Literacy

      by Edited by Craig L. Symonds

    • Military history
      August 2008

      Scraping the Barrel

      The Military Use of Substandard Manpower, 1860-1960

      by Edited by Sanders Marble

    • History of the Americas
      October 2008

      On the Edge of Freedom

      The Fugitive Slave Issue in South Central Pennsylvania, 1820-1870

      by David G. Smith

    • Reference works
      April 1995

      The Union Preserved

      A Guide to Civil War Records in the NYS Archives

      by Harold Holzer

    • History of the Americas
      November 1995

      A Short and Remarkable History of New York City

      An Anthology of Best Writing in the Western Mail Through the 20th Century

      by Jane Mushabac, and Angela Wigan

    • Biography: historical, political & military
      April 1999

      Emma Spaulding Bryant

      Civil War Bride, Carpetbagger's Wife, Ardent Feminist: Letters 1860–1900

      by Edited by Ruth Douglas Currie

      Emma Spaulding left behind rural Maine for a life in Georgia as the wife of radical Republican carpetbagger John Emory Bryant. Emma supported John's controversial agenda - including his self-defined mission to "northernize" the south. Struggling to rear a daughter virtually alone in near poverty, Emma became an independent thinker, teacher, suffragist, and officer in the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. In eloquent language, Emma coached her husband's understanding of "the woman question." And despite heated exchanges over marital control, the Bryants' engaging correspondence frames a marriage of love.

    • History of the Americas
      August 2000

      Lincoln on Democracy

      Awesome Ideas to Spice Up Your Life

      by Edited and with a new introduction by Mario C. Cuomo, and Harold Holzer

    • Property law
      April 2001

      The Civil War Confiscation Acts

      Failing to Reconstruct the South

      by John Syrett

      This book is the first full account in more than 20 years of two significant, but relatively understudied, laws passed during the Civil War. The Confiscation Acts (1861-62) were designed to sanction slave holding states by authorizing the Federal Government to seize rebel properties (including land and other assets held in Northern and border states) and grant freedom to slaves who fought with or worked for the Confederate military. Abraham Lincoln objected to the Acts for fear they might push border states, particularly Missouri and Kentucky, into secession. The Acts were eventually rendered moot by the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment. John Syrett examines the political contexts of the Acts, especially the debates in Congress, and demonstrates how the failure of the confiscation acts during the war presaged the political and structural shortcomings of Reconstruction after the war.

    • Diaries, letters & journals
      October 2004

      Jack Toffey's War

      A Son's Memoir

      by John J. Toffey, IV

    • History of the Americas
      July 2006

      The Great Task Remaining Before Us

      Reconstruction as America's Continuing Civil War

      by Edited by Paul A. Cimbala, and Randall M. Miller

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