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Night Comes To The Cumberlands: A Biography Of A Depressed Area
by Harry M. Caudill

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English

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364

Publication Date

November 02, 2017

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<b>At the start of the 1960s the USA was unquestionably the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world.<br /><br />Yet despite its prosperity and influence there were areas of the country which seemed to have been forgotten.</b><br /><br />In 1962 Harry Caudill, a lawyer and legislator, decided to shine a light upon the appalling conditions which he witnessed in Eastern Kentucky.<br /><br />His introduction lays out the issues which he saw before him: <em>A million Americans in the Southern Appalachians live in conditions of squalor, ignorance and ill health which could scarcely be equaled in Europe or Japan or, perhaps, in parts of mainland Asia.</em><br /><br />Caudill begins with the history of region, from its first settlements through to the Civil War, the feuds that erupted between violent neighbors, the emerging lumber trade and the advent of the coal industry, before uncovering the devastation of the depression, the effects of massive environmental damage and the ever continuing decline into poverty and despair for many of the inhabitants.<br /><br />“Mr. Caudill’s richly informed and sobering account of the Cumberlands’ painful plight is the product not only of thorough research, but also of an intimate knowledge of the region and its people.” <em>Saturday Review</em><br /><br />“The picture he has assembled is clear without undue simplification, and forceful without spurious appeal to emotion. … In the social, economic, and legislative battles which must be fought, and fought soon if the people of our Southern Appalachians are ever to be relieved of their very real and pressing difficulties, no finer single weapon can be imagined than this one book.” <em> Kirkus Reviews</em><br /><br />“The pathetic history of the Cumberland Plateau in Eastern Kentucky illustrates the results, for men and nature, of unregulated free enterprise, the pre-eminence of the rights of property, and the absence of responsible public supervision.” <em>The New York Review of Books</em><br /><br />“<em>Night Comes to the Cumberlands,</em> focused nationwide attention on the plight of Appalachia's residents. President John F. Kennedy appointed a commission to investigate conditions in the region and his successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, made Appalachia a keystone of his War on Poverty.” <em>The New York Times</em><br /><br />The success of this book was immediately felt in the Cumberlands as in the quarter-century succeeding its publication more than $15 billion were spent in the impoverished region. But even though this injection of aid was widely appreciated Caudill and others stated that the forecast was still bleak and only marginal improvement had been made. <br /><br />This work is essential reading for anyone interested in the social history of the United States, the history of Kentucky and the continuing issue of poverty in rural areas.<br /><br />Harry Caudill as an American author, historian, lawyer, legislator, and environmentalist from Letcher County, in the coalfields of southeastern Kentucky. His influential book <em>Night Comes to the Cumberlands</em> was first published in 1962 and he passed away in 1990.
Behind the Scenes, or, Thirty Years a Slave, And Four Years in th...
by Elizabeth Keckley

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English

Pages

408

Publication Date

July 29, 2013

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An autobiographical narrative, BEHIND THE SCENES traces Elizabeth Keckley's life from her enslavement in Virginia and North Carolina to her time as seamstress to Mary Todd Lincoln in the White House during Abraham Lincoln's administration. It was quite controversial at the time of its release--an uncompromising work that transgressed Victorian boundaries between public and private life, and lines of race, gender, and society.
A Virginia Girl in the Civil War: Illustrated Edition
by Myrta Lockett Avary

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February 16, 2018

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This new 2018 reprint edition has been re-formatted and carefully proofread for errors. <br />Myrta Lockett Avary was born in Halifax, Virginia December 7, 1857, and was educated in her native state. From her earliest years, she showed promising literary talent. During the War Between the States, two of her brothers served under Robert E. Lee. The siblings were descended from Thomas Marshall, fa-ther of Chief Justice Marshall.<br />Upon her marriage to Dr. James Corbin Avary (of Atlanta, Georgia) she moved to New York City. Here, she served as edi-tor on several prominent magazines. Her loyalty to and interest in the South led her to collect and edit the memories of a Southern woman and her husband, who had been a Confeder-ate officer, and the result is this book, published in 1903.<br />Strictly speaking, her work cannot be called a novel; it is composed of true stories. Yet it abounds in many of those ele-ments without which a novel would be a failure. It is alive with incidents that follow in sequence and it throbs with the anguish of war and thrills with the joy of loving its heroes. <br />The resilient, gentle, child-woman heroine, who tells her own heart story and the story of the war from its beginning, paints in striking contrast the springtime and redolence of her love for her soldier-hero husband and the dramatic incidents of the war in which he participated. This book is a classic and a "must-read" for those seeking eyewitness accounts of the war experience for women and the home front. One of the most exciting sequences is when our subject and heroine, Nell, decides to run the blockade in order to get materials needed to fashion her husband a new uniform.
The Theory of the Leisure Class (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Thorstein Veblen

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English

Pages

136

Publication Date

March 06, 2012

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<DIV><DIV><P>"The most impressive satirist of his day." — <I>Time Magazine</I><P></P><P>With devastating satiric wit, this book examines the hollowness and falsity suggested by the term "conspicuous consumption" (coined by Veblen) and exposes the emptiness of many cherished standards of taste, education, dress, and culture. Since its original publication in 1899, the work has become a classic of social and economic thought and policy and exerted an influence widely felt beyond the sphere of economics.<BR>For Veblen, the shallowness and superficiality of society resulted from the tendency to believe that true accomplishment lay in arriving at a condition of ostentatious wealth and status. In developing this thesis, he traces the origins and development of ownership and property, offering extraordinary insights into the phenomenon of consumerism, the evolution of class structure, the rise of leisure time and how modern societal goals are grounded in pecuniary aspirations and achievements.<BR>Students, sociologists, historians, economists — anyone interested in the motives and behavior of human beings within a large-scale social context — will find this time-honored investigation still relevant and readable over a century after its first appearance. It belongs in the library of every thinking person.</DIV></DIV></P></P>
Life in the Third Reich: Daily Life in Nazi Germany, 1933-1945
by Paul Roland

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

June 17, 2015

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<p>Germany was a deeply divided nation when Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party came to power in 1933. As the shadow of the swastika lengthened, its citizens quickly came to realize that the Nazis' brutal programme was not optional. Everyone was expected to play their part in "national revival", especially those chosen as sacrificial victims.</p><p>Much has been written about daily life during World War II from the perspective of the Allied nations, but little about life in Germany during the Third Reich. With the benefit of hindsight, questions have been raised as to why a civilized, cultured nation stood by and let the Nazi Party impose their rule in such inhumane fashion, and why so few individuals made any attempt to rebel.</p><p><i>Life in the Third Reich</i> draws on the recollections of those who lived through the rise and fall of one of the most vicious and sadistic regimes the world has ever seen. These are the stories of ordinary people in extraordinary times, living in the grip of a regime that did not care if it destroyed the whole country in pursuit of its perverted goals.</p>
The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind
by Gustave Le Bon

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English

Pages

216

Publication Date

July 01, 2004

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"The following work is devoted to an account of the characteristics of crowds. The whole of the common characteristics with which heredity endows the individuals of a race constitute the genius of the race. When, however, a certain number of these individuals are gathered together in a crowd for purposes of action, observation proves that, from the mere fact of their being assembled, there result certain new psychological characteristics, which are added to the racial characteristics and differ from them at times to a very considerable degree."-From the Preface to "The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind", a pivotal work in the field of group psychology which was written in 1895 by French social psychologist, Gustave Le Bon.
The Cotton Kingdom: A Traveller's Observations On Cotton And Slav...
by Frederick Law Olmsted

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English

Pages

540

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August 28, 2017

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<b>In 1853, Frederick Law Olmsted was working for the New York Times when he journeyed to the southern slave states of the U.S. and wrote one of the most important pro-abolition discourses. </b><br /><br /><em>The Cotton Kingdom</em> recounts his daily observations of the curse of slavery: the poverty it brought to both black and white people; the inadequacies of the plantation system; and the economic consequences and problems associated with America’s most “peculiar institution”. <br /><br />Disproving the opinion that “Cotton is king”, Olmsted examined the huge differences between the economies of the northern and southern states, contrasting the more successful, wealthy and progressive north with the stubborn south, convinced of the necessity of slavery. <br /><br />Hailed as one of the most convincing and influential anti-slavery arguments, Olmsted’s work was widely praised with London’s <em>Westminster Review</em> declaring, “it is impossible to resist his accumulated evidence.”<br /><br /><b>Frederick Law Olmsted</b> was an American landscape architect, journalist, social critic, and public administrator. He is popularly considered to be the father of American landscape architecture. Through his work as a journalist for the <em>New York Daily Times (New York Times),</em> he became interested in the adverse economic effects of slavery and <em>The Cotton Kingdom</em> is a result of this. He died in 1903. <br /><br />
The W. E. B. Du Bois Collection
by W. E. B. Du Bois

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English

Pages

355

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February 06, 2016

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Karpathos publishes the greatest works of history’s greatest authors and collects them to make it easy and affordable for readers to have them all at the push of a button.  All of our collections include a linked table of contents.<br /><br />W. E. B. Du Bois was a prominent American civil rights activist in the 20th century. Du Bois became the first African-American to earn a doctorate from Harvard and was also a prolific and influential writer. This collection includes the following:<br /><br />FICTION:<br />The Quest of the Silver Fleece: A Novel<br /> <br />NON-FICTION:<br />The Souls of Black Folk<br />The Talented Tenth<br />The Conservation of Races<br />The Suppression of the African Slave Trade to the United States of America, 1638 -1870<br />The Negro<br />The Negro in the South (co-written by Booker T. Washington)<br /> <br />AUTOBIOGRAPHY:<br />Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil<br /><br /><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/isbn-skoeyzeser/9781518398063.gif">
From Superman to Man (1917)
by Joel Augustus Rogers

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English

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132

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September 19, 2016

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Joel Augustus Rogers (1880 -- 1966) was a Jamaican-American author, journalist, and historian who contributed to the history of Africa and the African diaspora, especially the history of African Americans in the United States. His research spanned the academic fields of history, sociology and anthropology. He challenged prevailing ideas about race, demonstrated the connections between civilizations, and traced African achievements. He was one of the greatest popularizers of African history in the 20th century.<br /><br />"From Superman to Man" is a stirring story, faithful to truth and helpful to a better understanding and feeling. From Superman to Man is a vindication of the American Negro; a significant contribution to interracial literature in more ways than one. Its breadth of scholastic research, its selection and concentration of matter are as amazing as its wealth of information. <br /><br />The book is well written and the skillful management of materials shows not only the author's mastery of his subject, but his knowledge of the technique of the literary art. In the program of the broadest education of the races and the promotion of social concord and co-operation this volume should be in every library and home of the country. In his absorbing story we see the souls, of the white and darker worlds groping and struggling toward the better day of peace and good understanding between the races. <br /><br />
Strange Tales of the Sea
by Jack Strange

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English

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115

Publication Date

August 15, 2013

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What lurks beneath the waves, and onboard the most mysterious of ships?<br /><br />Get ready to experience the lore and lure of the sea with these myths, legends and true stories. Centuries-old folklore and tales of haunted vessels. Sea monsters and ghosts. Cannibalism at sea, and mysterious disappearances.<br /><br />Included are also tales of sailors ashore, and the prostitutes and crimps that preyed on them. Find out what happened to stowaways, how they were treated, and about the myth that women were not welcome on ships.<br /><br />Welcome to Strange Tales of the Sea.

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