This fifth book in the Aunt Phil's Trunk Alaska history series features dozens of short stories and hundreds of historical photographs that share Alaska's past from 1960 to 1984. This volume the highlights the first 25 years of statehood when the optimistic citizens of the Great Land created a government from scratch in just a few years and dealt with many challenges.
Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume Five shares firsthand accounts of survivors who experienced the 1964 Good Friday earthquake and the devastating tsunamis that followed that 9.2 temblor. It also features stories about the discovery of black gold on the North Slope in the late 1960s, and how Alaska's Native people fought for their land and won the largest settlement ever granted Native Americans. That agreement cleared the way for oil companies to build an 800-mile pipeline through some of the most rugged and remote country in the world during the 1970s.
Alaskans also learned that evil lurked under the midnight sun in the 1980s, as they ended the first 25 years of statehood with six mass murders.
The Heroes of Hosingen is the untold story of what happened in the frontline village of Hosingen, Luxembourg, the last garrison of the 110th Infantry Regiment to fall in the early days of the Battle of the Bulge. It was here that 300 men would make a historic stand against an army of up to 5,000 of Hitler’s elite Germans soldiers, supported by as many as twenty superior German tanks at times and artillery. K Company, under the command of Capt. Frederick Feiker, Capt. William Jarrett and 125 men from Company B, 103rd Engineers Battalion, the 2nd and 3rd platoons of M Company (heavy weapons company for the battalion), 2nd platoon of 630th Tank Destroyer Company, twenty men from a “Raider” unit and five tanks from A Company, 707th Tank Battalion, worked together to make it as difficult as possible for the German army to move its men and equipment past the village on their way to Bastogne. These brave men carried out their “Hold at all cost” orders” until they had exhausted all their resources, leaving an estimated 2000 Germans lying dead or wounded in the open fields that surrounded the village. Abandoned by the division’s other units, surrounded and out of ammunition, food and water, Captains Feiker and Jarrett waved the white flag and surrendered their units to the Nazis mid-day on December 18, 1944. Unfortunately, Middleton's “Hold at all cost” order had grave consequences as their lives were now in the hands of their captors. Forced to endure the unimaginable to survive, eight of Hosingen's Heroes tell their stories of forced marches for hundreds of miles during the coldest winter on record, starvation and physical and emotional abuse. It is hard to deny that these brave men of the 110th earned their place in the history books. They had tenaciously fought off Hitler’s massive assault for two and half days, sacrificing themselves for time, and in doing so, some argue helped change the course of the war. Their delaying actions helped stall the advance of Hitler’s army long enough to allow the 101st Airborne to arrive at and defend the critical crossroads city of Bastogne on December 18, before the bulk of Hitler’s forces could arrived.
The Case against Origen and Reincarnation surveys the writings of Origen, the most important Christian thinker between Paul and Augustine, whose life straddled the third and fourth centuries. By placing his work in the context of his theological predecessors, Eric Liberatos uses this analysis to trace the development of Origen's distinctive doctrines, such as reincarnation. His review of the history of the period concludes that Origen's condemnation by ecumenical councils arose from the virulent polemics and contentious politics of various ecclesiastical leaders of the period. The Case against Origen and Reincarnation will appeal to all who seek to understand the development of Christian thought and the influences of politics and personality on the church's theologies.
Running Toward Danger is a book that will shock you, give you chills, and make you cheer! It is one of the least-known and least-presented major awards offered by the Boy Scouts of America. But similar to the Eagle Scout medal, it also is highly celebrated--perhaps more.
It's the Honor Medal for Lifesaving.
In its various forms, it embodies the Medal of Merit for saving a life, the Honor Medal for doing so at personal risk, and the Honor Medal with crossed palms for extreme personal risk--all that has made Scouting an honored American icon for over a century. During those decades, a little more than a thousand of the highest medals have been awarded to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorers, Venturers, Varsity Scouts, and adult volunteers. And every one of those rescues is an unforgettable story.
Featuring a remarkably unique and cutting edge layout with original Marvel-style imagery, Running Toward Danger is the first book that tells the extraordinary saga of Scouting's Honor Medal recipients and how the award itself transformed American life. It is the product of extensive original research into the BSA's national archives, vintage newspaper accounts, and interviews of recent recipients. The narrative includes more than 150 accounts of the most remarkable and hair-raising Honor Medal rescues of the last century. Also, it uncovers the crisis in the early days of the award that ultimately changed the direction of Scouting and brought intensive first aid, lifesaving, and safety training to the nation's youth.
Running Toward Danger is filled with extraordinary characters. First among equals is the buckskinned sophisticate, co-founder of Scouting, and friend of U.S. presidents, Daniel Carter Beard, who created the Honor Medal and then nearly drove it to disaster. But there also are hundreds of young men and women who find themselves in the most terrifying situations imaginable, fly into action, and not only survive but also save others in the process. It is a narrative that swings from a lonely, lightning-scorched mountain top to an isolated farmhouse, to crowded urban neighborhoods, to shark-filled waters-- each story presenting its own dangers that demands a clear-minded and smart strategy, requiring an abundance of bravery from its young rescuers.
For Scouts and their families these stories are the best lessons imaginable on what makes Scouting great and what the character-building training programs of the Boy Scouts of America develop in young people. But this also is a book for all Americans that celebrates the courage and resourcefulness of our nation's youth. You never will forget these remarkable stories of young people who, when met with the ultimate challenge, don't hesitate to run toward danger to help others.
In May of 1945, Joe Rubinstein walked out of a Nazi concentration camp.
For over 70 years, his remarkable story was hidden from the world.
Shortly before dawn on a frigid morning in Radom, Poland, German soldiers forced twenty-one year-old Icek "Joe" Rubinsztejn onto a crowded, open-air truck. The next day, several around him were dead. From there, things got worse for young Joe-much worse.
Joe arrived at Auschwitz on April 30, 1942. It would be seven decades before he revealed how he survived several of the most notorious concentration camps. His is an inspiring narrative; a story of reliance, endurance, courage and faith.
Barefooted when he was seized by the Nazis, Joe became one of New York's leading shoe designers-working with companies whose shoes were sought after by First Ladies and movie stars alike. Joe's story bears witness to the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. While the Nazis took everything else, they were unable to take his unassailable joy.
Joe's story is one of discovering light in the darkest of places, an inspiration for us all.
Americana A Civics Handbook, Second Edition is new and improved. With about 100 additional pages, there is so much more information! As in the first edition, there is a concise, chronological accounting, focusing on the early years of America. Included are narrative facts from Colonial times and the Revolutionary War era, leading up to the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, as well as the Bill of Rights. Also included is information about the Presidents, First Ladies, the Original Thirteen Colonies, Three Branches of Government, the Fifty States, National Symbols, Electoral College and more. Additionally, the U.S. Citizenship Test of 100 questions (with and without the answers) is newly included, and is excellent for civics studies as well an an aid to citizenship studies. There is a special note on the National Parks...their history and how they preserve our American heritage. There are so many sites of historic importance as well as areas of natural beauty preserved for our benefit. There are lists of the National Parks related to Colonial and Revolutionary War times, Sites of Remembrance (for our Veterans), and of our most cherished National Parks. There are over 50 pages of historical sketches and images - with new images and more descriptions about them.
In this intensely personal and moving memoir, Lisa Karlin provides a gripping account of her family’s hurricane evacuation experiences and all that followed in the decade after Hurricane Katrina. Her story begins in August 2005, when Lisa, her husband, thirteen-year-old daughter, eleven-year-old son, and two dogs evacuated New Orleans for what they thought would be a two-day “hurrication.” Her day-by-day account of the weeks that follow vividly chronicles the unprecedented displacement of thousands of Americans, and on a personal level, describes how her family makes the trifecta of major life decisions: where to live, where to work, and where to enroll their children in school. With unflinching candor, Lisa Karlin provides a first-hand commentary on how everyday life has been impacted by Katrina’s aftermath and how, a decade later, there are still lingering effects of one of the most devastating events in American history.
Every generation wonders about the exploits of the brave men and women who have gone before them. As the deeds of old masters are recounted, we are destined to ask - what kind of people were they? What were their goals and philosophies? What would they think about our efforts to preserve and grow the art of karate?
This book seeks to answer some of those questions by encapsulating over 30 original interviews with senior karateka who experienced the old ways of karate for themselves and helped bring it to the Western world.
Yoknapatawpha Press and the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi are pleased to announce the joint publication of RIOT: Witness to Anger and Change, a photo- history by Edwin E. Meek. Pub-date is Sept. 30, 2015. Hardcover photo album, 9 x 12” 120 photos, many published here for the first time; 160 pages; Introduction by Curtis Wilkie, Afterword by Gov. William Winter.
On Sept. 30, 1962, when a student demonstration in the Circle protesting the admission of James Meredith turned violent, Meek, a 22-year-old graduate of Ole Miss and staff photographer for the University Information Office, was first at the scene. He stayed up all night and took over 500 photos including exclusive shots of Meredith in the classroom. Meek is thus the only photographer with a full body of work covering Meredith’s admission and the ensuing 1962 riot at the University of Mississippi.
“I heard the hiss of a bottle sailing over my head and saw it strike a marshal’s helmet. When I turned to see who had thrown the bottle, I did not recognize a single face. The crowd had become a mob of strangers. Suddenly a man snatched a reporter’s camera and smashed it on the ground. Photographers began warning each other, ‘Shoot and run!’ When people noticed me taking pictures, someone said, ‘It’s okay. He’s from Ole Miss!’ ” (Edwin E, Meek, Foreword)
The book features a “Recollections” chapter in which Meek and Wilkie, fellow journalism students at the University of Mississippi, recall events they witnessed the night of the Ole Miss riot. While Meek was in the middle of the action taking pictures, diving for cover, changing film, Wilkie, 22, braved clouds of tear gas to witness the mindless destruction.
Americans have invaded nearly half the world's countries and been militarily involved with all the rest, except Andorra, Bhutan and Liechtenstein. Christopher Kelly and Stuart Laycock take you on a global tour of America's military activity around the world from the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli and everywhere in-between. Whatever your political views this is an extraordinary and often surprising story. With personal photos, maps and an index to assist America Invades: How We've Invaded or Been Militarily Involved with Almost Every Country on Earth gives us history as it should be taught--calling out for more!
This book, which tells the story of the Shelburne Line—a secret evacuation route that took place during World War II from the Breton coast of France—pays tribute to the audacity and heroism of the men and women of the French Resistance and Allied military personnel.
The first half of the book concerns the set-up and operation of the Shelburne Line itself—one of the later escape lines that operated within Nazi-occupied Europe. It was established at the end of 1943 by two French-Canadians, Lucien Dumais and Ray Labrosse, who worked as agents for a secret branch of MI-9, the British military intelligence agency responsible for providing assistance to Allied servicemen stranded behind enemy lines. Working with the French Resistance, Dumais and Labrosse arranged for groups of Allied airmen to be taken from "safe houses" in Paris by train to the town of Plouha, on the southeast coast of Brittany. Volunteers in Plouha would then hide the men in local houses until conditions were suitable for sailors from a British motor gunboat, the MGB 503, to collect them in rowboats from a secluded beach and transport them back to England. Eight successful evacuation operations were conducted on moonless nights between January and August of 1944. A total of 121 Allied airmen and nine French agents were rescued from beneath the noses of German sentries on the cliffs above. Though the risk of betrayal remained ever present, the Shelburne Line was never infiltrated by the Gestapo. The author of The Shelburne Escape Line considers it to have been one of the great success stories of the War. Readers of the book will surely think so too!
Part II of the book consists of personal stories of airmen and others who were caught up in the war in France. Some recount the experiences of American pilots whose bomber aircraft were damaged by flak or enemy fighters, obliging them to seek emergency landing fields or bail out with their crews over France, to find their way to safety. Two stories are about French youths, longtime friends of the author, who were too young to join the fight for their homeland but were marked for life—literally, in one case. These are intimate accounts of ordinary people that reinforce the fact that war touches everybody.
"This is a book with great meaning for those of us who grew up on farms, and a book to be shared with young people eager to know more about pioneer life." --Jerry Apps, author of "Old Farm: A History" and "Whispers and Shadows: A Naturalist's Memoir"
"A Settler's Year" provides a rare glimpse into the lives of early immigrants to the upper Midwest. Evocative photographs taken at Old World Wisconsin, the country's largest outdoor museum of rural life, lushly illustrate stories woven by historian, novelist, and poet Kathleen Ernst and compelling firsthand accounts left by the settlers themselves.
In this beautiful book, readers will discover the challenges and triumphs found in the seasonal rhythms of rural life in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As they turn the pages--traveling from sprawling farm to tidy crossroads village, and from cramped and smoky cabins to gracious, well-furnished homes--they'll experience the back-straining chores, cherished folk traditions, annual celebrations, and indomitable spirit that comprised pioneer life.
At its heart "A Settler's Year" is about people dreaming of, searching for, and creating new homes in a new land. This moving book transports us back to the pioneer era and inspires us to explore the stories found on our own family trees.
"I'm embarrassed to say I thought I knew anything substantial about Wisconsin agriculture or its history before I read this book. 'Wisconsin Agriculture' should be required reading in history classes from high school to the collegiate level. It makes me thankful that Jerry Apps has such a sense of commitment to Wisconsin's agricultural heritage--and to getting the story right." --Pam Jahnke, Farm Director, Wisconsin Farm Report Radio
Wisconsin has been a farming state from its very beginnings. And though it's long been known as "the Dairy State," it produces much more than cows, milk, and cheese. In fact, Wisconsin is one of the most diverse agricultural states in the nation.
The story of farming in Wisconsin is rich and diverse as well, and the threads of that story are related and intertwined. In this long-awaited volume, celebrated rural historian Jerry Apps examines everything from the fundamental influences of landscape and weather to complex matters of ethnic and pioneer settlement patterns, changing technology, agricultural research and education, and government regulations and policies. Along with expected topics, such as the cranberry industry and artisan cheesemaking, "Wisconsin Agriculture" delves into beef cattle and dairy goats, fur farming and Christmas trees, maple syrup and honey, and other specialty crops, including ginseng, hemp, cherries, sugar beets, mint, sphagnum moss, flax, and hops. Apps also explores new and rediscovered farming endeavors, from aquaculture to urban farming to beekeeping, and discusses recent political developments, such as the 2014 Farm Bill and its ramifications. And he looks to the future of farming, contemplating questions of ethical growing practices, food safety, sustainability, and the potential effects of climate change.
Featuring first-person accounts from the settlement era to today, along with more than 200 captivating photographs, "Wisconsin Agriculture" breathes life into the facts and figures of 150 years of farming history and provides compelling insights into the state's agricultural past, present, and future.
A woman is running for US President! Socialism is gaining ground in America, and a campaign is underway to redefine marriage, causing a culture war between Christian leaders and feminists. It is 1872, and Victoria Woodhull is leading the radical faction of the women's rights movement with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. On the other end of the spectrum, more philosophically aligned with Lucy Stone and Mary Livermore, a movement that would put women into the pulpit worldwide is being launched by Mary Baker Eddy, who staunchly defends the Christian view of the sanctity of marriage. In the decade after the American Civil War, reformers wanted to fulfill the promise of the American Revolution by giving both blacks and women the right to vote. Legal changes needed for woman suffrage seemed to shake the foundation of the male-female relationship. Disagreement over the implications of women's rights for sexuality triggered a political, legal, and religious battle for the soul of marriage. CROSSING SWORDS explores the contentious free-love movement through the love lives, careers, and public statements of Mary Baker Eddy and Victoria Claflin Woodhull, who came from completely different backgrounds and had polar opposite views on marriage and sexuality. This thought-provoking story is a surprisingly relevant prequel to the similarly divisive social issues of our own era.
In the late summer of 2011, a leather case containing two Cuaderno notebooks of Alabado psalms appeared. Surprisingly, the second notebook was a 7,000 word “mystery play” revealing an alternate version of the Emmanuel birth story. Author Anthony Garcia called the play Jornado de Exódo.
This mystery within a mystery led to a series of discoveries:
The concealment of a hidden journey in a Play within a Play.
How a cryptic Judaic historic document preserved the historical story of Daniel.
Why and how Judaic families concealed their identities and preserved their faith.
The spiritual relationship of New Mexico, Old Spain and mystical Judea.
How mystical Kabbalistic camouflage techniques saved thousands of lives.
What mystical Judaism provides for the future and the Messiah.
Steve Elmore's unified view of the early life and work of the Hopi potter Nampeyo draws on 25 years of research. Nampeyo's early life which has been considered lost to history, has been recreated here through an examination of many sources. The written historical record has been compared with Hopi oral history, photographic evidence, and a careful examination of the pottery in the Keam Collection at Harvard University's Peabody Museum which was collected before 1892. This historical material is through the expertise of modern Hopi potters and Steve's many years working with Hopi potters as an Indian trader. The result is a comprehensive view of Nampeyo's early life.
The book shows the continuity between Nampeyo's early work and her founding of the Sikyatki Revival art movement. Furthermore, Steve connects Nampeyo historically to modernism and the Art Pottery and Arts & Crafts movements. While most scholars of Nampeyo have viewed her through the lens of archaeology or anthropology, Steve views her through the history of art history and Modern art, greatly broadening our view of both.
"Extremely well researched and a major original contribution to the study of southwestern Indian art and Hopi Pottery in particular... No one has done anything of this scope or importance. I actually enjoyed reading it and learned a lot." -Garrick Bailey, Professor of Anthropology, Author, University of Tulsa
"What [Elmore] discovers at Harvard is the mother lode of Nampeyo's early work."-Billy Schenck, Southwestern Painter, Collector and Dealer
Three young friends, disillusioned with life, set out on a journey to discover the truth behind everything and, as fate allowed, found it. This is a true story from the mid-1970s of three young men from North Carolina, all from different backgrounds and the friendship they shared. This is an autobiography of the author and a personal testimony of his search for the truth along with his friends and the discovery they found and its impact on their lives. Western Crossing is a physical location in the story, but the metaphor of the tremendous interest in Eastern spirituality experienced by many people in the West during the 1960s into the 1970s stands out as a magical time in our history.
This is the story of a small group of Army National Guardsmen from the Volunteer State of Tennessee - otherwise simple men, who spent a year of their lives in the Triangle of Death, one of Iraq's most hostile areas of operation. But their daily patrols and combat missions weren't featured on the nightly news. Instead, they operated as silent professionals - ordinary men facing extraordinary circumstances, who carried out their jobs to the best of their abilities and prayed they'd stay alive. Continuing the legacy of citizen-soldiers throughout the ages, they stepped forward to protect their families, their neighbors, their countrymen - and their fellow warriors, even in the face of death. Theirs is a story that will live for generations to come.
Armies are virtually never ready to fight major wars. Warfare continues to change over time, which means no two wars are exactly alike. Army's leaders struggle to anticipate the next war, yet it is unrealistic to predict with perfection. The advent of new technology and tactics, unexpected adversaries, the vast size and complexity of military organizations, undetectable capabilities, and unforeseen goals signify gaps will exist between the war an army expects to fight and the war it must fight. Yet, throughout history there has been no army on Earth that has been accused of total unpreparedness than those that went to war in Europe in August of 1914. There is no conflict that more vividly conjures up the image of wasteful military incompetence than the First World War, in which a wholesale chain-of-command on both sides utterly failed to foresee the scale, duration and character of a war transformed by modern weaponry and mass mobilization. The millions cut down among the artillery barrages, machine gun fire and gas clouds have become the quintessential symbol of military unpreparedness and the inability to adapt.
Prolific mystery author Stephen G. Yanoff recreates a chilling tale of American politics where fierce battles for power unfold against a backdrop of intrigue, treachery, and violence. THE SECOND MOURNING provides a fresh - and terrifying - look at President Garfield's assassination and uncovers the untold story of the assassin Charles Guiteau, the insane office seeker who changed the course of American history.
America s Literary Legends is a concise, yet truly distinctive and comprehensive review of 50 authors and poets who shaped American literature from the 1600s through the mid-twentieth century. Fully grounded in sound literary and historical scholarship, this anthology takes a fresh approach to the lives and burial places of the greatest authors of American literature. It includes such masters as Irving, Poe, Whitman, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald, and features introductions to each time period with an overview of the historical, cultural, and literary background of the era. Through succinct and engaging biographies, extensive descriptive observations, and 200 photographs, these great writers come to life. Innovative and authoritative, America s Literary Legends embodies a fresh approach to the study of American literature and the authors whose works have become classics.
This first-ever English translation of Montherlant's WWI memoir has been called "a poetic introduction." It reveals the fury and madness of the epic struggle at Verdun. Wheeler writes that "the greatest cause on the Western Front was that for regret - and loss of promise in lives of almost four million people. Forget the loss to art and science, to medicine and the wine trade. The blotting out of so many futures promising love, reflection, and achievement is tragic enough."
In October 1914 a Jewish German soldier fighting on the Eastern Front failed to return to the trenches after a military skirmish near Warsaw and was presumed to have been taken prisoner by the Russians. For the next year, Hugo’s family and friends mounted a massive effort to find his whereabouts and bring him home through a prisoner exchange program. They sent hundreds of letters to people as diverse as prisoners in Siberia to the king of Spain. They even recruited a Russian acquaintance to buy the POW’s freedom, but Hugo wasn’t where he was supposed to be. This suspenseful search for my grandfather is brought back to life through original letters, with their images, German transcriptions, and English translations included. The story culminates in a shocking surprise revelation that had been hidden for almost a century.
Limited first edition, lovingly crafted in exquisite detail, this memorial album is the most complete collection of portraits of almost all of the 918 who died. A tribute to the "mostly unknown members of Peoples Temple," this book is dedicated to those who died, and to those still alive who knew and loved them.