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Ben Montgomery
Description: A true tale of justice in the Jim Crow south relates the story of George Dinning, a freed slave who was wrongfully convicted of murder after defending himself against a white mob and later won damages against them in court with the help of a Confederate war hero-turned-lawyer.
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2021
John H. Ghazvinian
Description: "A history of the relationship between Iran and America from the 1700s through the current day"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 327.55 Gha
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2021
Gabrielle Glaser
Description: The shocking truth about postwar adoption in America, told through the bittersweet story of one teenager, the son she was forced to relinquish, and their search to find each other. In 1961, sixteen-year-old Margaret Erle fell in love and became pregnant. Her enraged family sent her to a maternity home, and after she gave birth, she wasn't even allowed her to hold her own son. Social workers threatened her with jail until she signed away her parental rights. Her son vanished, his whereabouts and new identity known only to an adoption agency that would never share the slightest detail about his fate. Claiming to be acting in the best interests of all, the adoption business was founded on secrecy and lies. This book lays out how a lucrative and exploitative industry removed children from their birth mothers and placed them with hopeful families, fabricating stories about infants' origins and destinations, then closing the door firmly between the parties forever.Gabrielle Glaser demonstrates the power of the expectations and institutions that Margaret faced. Margaret went on to marry and raise a large family with David's father, but she never stopped longing for and worrying about her firstborn. She didn't know he spent the first years of his life living just a few blocks away from her; as he grew, he wondered about where he came from and why he was given up. Their tale--one they share with millions of Americans--is one of loss, love, and the search for identity. This book illuminates a dark time in our history and shows a path to reunion that can help heal the wounds inflicted by years of shame and secrecy.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 362.734 Gla
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2021
Glenn Adamson
Description: A surprising history of how artisans created America, from the nation's origins to the present day.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 680.973 Ada
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2021
Ibram X. Kendi, Keisha N. Blain
Description: A "choral history" of African Americans covering 400 years of history in the voices of 80 writers, edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain. Last year marked the four hundredth anniversary of the first African presence in the Americas--and also launched the Four Hundred Souls project, spearheaded by Kendi and Blain. They've gathered together eighty black writers from all disciplines--historians and artists, journalists and novelists--each of whom has contributed an entry about one five-year period to create a dynamic multivoiced single-volume history of black people in America.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 973.0496 Fou
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2021
Annalee Newitz
Description: A quest to explore some of the most spectacular ancient cities in human history--and figure out why people abandoned them. Annalee Newitz takes readers on an adventure into the deep history of urban life. Investigating across the centuries and around the world, Newitz explores the rise and fall of four ancient cities, each the center of a sophisticated civilization: the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Central Turkey, the Roman vacation town of Pompeii on Italy's southern coast, the medieval megacity of Angkor in Cambodia, and the indigenous metropolis Cahokia, which stood beside the Mississippi River where East St. Louis is today. Newitz travels to all four sites and investigates the research in archaeology, revealing the mix of environmental changes and political turmoil that doomed these ancient settlements. Newitz also introduces us to the often anonymous workers--slaves, women, immigrants, and manual laborers--who built these cities and created monuments that lasted millennia. This is a journey into the forgotten past, but, foreseeing a future in which the majority of people on Earth will be living in cities, it may also reveal something of our own fate.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 930.1 New
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2021
Ed Douglas
Description: A history of the Himalaya: a story of peoples, cultures, and adventures among the world's highest mountains. For many years, the unique and astonishing geography of the Himalaya has attracted those in search of spiritual and literal elevation: pilgrims, adventurers, and mountaineers seeking to test themselves among these spectacular and challenging peaks. But far from being wild and barren, the Himalaya has been home to a diversity of indigenous and local cultures, as well as a crossroads for trade, and a meeting point and conflict zone for the world's superpowers. Here Jesuit missionaries exchanged technologies with Tibetan Lamas, Mongol Khans employed Nepali craftsmen, the East India Company grappled for dominance with China's emperors, and independent India confronts Mao's Communists and their successors. Spanning millennia, from its earliest inhabitants to the present conflicts over Tibet and Everest, and populated by a cast of colorful characters, Himalaya explores the history, culture, climate, geography, and politics of the Himalaya for a soaring account of life at the "roof of the world."-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 954.96 Dou
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2021
Julian Bond, Pamela Horowitz, Jeanne Theoharis, Danny Lyon, Vann R. Newkirk
Description: "Compiled from his original lecture notes, Julian Bond's Time to Teach brings his invaluable teachings to a new generation of readers and provides a necessary toolkit for today's activists in the era of Black Lives Matter."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 323.0975 Bon
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2021
Thomas Healy
Description: "A history of Floyd McKissick's 1969 plan to build a Black city in North Carolina, examining the story of the idealists who settled there, the obstacles that derailed the project, and what Soul City's saga says about Black opportunity, capitalism, and power then and now"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2021
Roland. Ennos
Description: A scholarly and scientific examination of the unrecognized role of trees in the planet's ecosystem reveals wood's unexpected influence on human evolution, civilization, and the global economy.
Call Number: 620.1209 Enn
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2021
Alexander Larman
Description: A definitive account of the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936 draws on archival material and interviews with the king's closest friends to detail the role played by the king's opponents and supporters and the resulting scandal at a time when war was imminent.
Call Number: 941.084 Lar
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2021
Bradford Pearson
Description: The tragic and triumphant story of the Eagles, a high school football team from Cody, Wyoming's World War II Japanese-American incarceration camp.
Call Number: 940.5317 Pea
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2021
Robin Lane Fox
Description: Medical thinking and observation were radically changed by the ancient Greeks, one of their great legacies to the world. In the fifth century BCE, a Greek doctor put forward his clinical observations of individual men, women, and children in a collection of case histories known as the Epidemics. Among his working principles was the famous maxim "Do no harm." Robin Lane Fox puts these works in a wider context and upends our understanding of medical history by establishing that they were written much earlier than previously thought. Lane Fox endorses the ancient Greeks' view that their texts' author, not named, was none other than the father of medicine, the great Hippocrates himself. Lane Fox's argument changes our sense of the development of scientific and rational thinking in Western culture, and he explores the consequences for Greek artists, dramatists and the first writers of history. Hippocrates emerges as a key figure in the crucial change from an archaic to a classical world.--From statement at Amazon.
Call Number: 610.938 Lan
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2021
Anna Malaika Tubbs
Description: "In her groundbreaking and essential debut The Three Mothers, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America's most pivotal heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. Much has been written about Berdis Baldwin's son James, about Alberta King's son Martin Luther, and Louise Little's son Malcolm. But virtually nothing has been said about the extraordinary women who raised them, who were all born at the beginning of the 20th century and forced to contend with the prejudices of Jim Crow as Black women. Berdis, Alberta, and Louise passed their knowledge to their children with the hope of helping them to survive in a society that would deny their humanity from the very beginning-from Louise teaching her children about their activist roots, to Berdis encouraging James to express himself through writing, to Alberta basing all of her lessons in faith and social justice. These women used their strength and motherhood to push their children toward greatness, all with a conviction that every human being deserves dignity and respect despite the rampant discrimination they faced. These three mothers taught resistance and a fundamental belief in the worth of Black people to their sons, even when these beliefs flew in the face of America's racist practices and led to ramifications for all three families' safety. The fight for equal justice and dignity came above all else for the three mothers. These women, their similarities and differences, as individuals and as mothers, represent a piece of history left untold and a celebration of Black motherhood long overdue"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2021
Jisheng Yang, Stacy Mosher, Jian Guo
Description: "The only complete history of the Cultural Revolution by an independent scholar based in mainland China, 'The World Turned Upside Down' makes a crucial contribution to understanding the Cultural Revolution and its lasting influence today"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 951.05 Yan
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2021
H. W. Brands
Description: John Brown's answer to the struggle over the evils of slavery was violence--violence of a sort some in later generations would call terrorism. Brown was a deeply religious man who heard the God of the Old Testament speaking to him, telling him to do whatever was necessary to destroy slavery. When Congress opened Kansas territory to slavery, the charismatic Brown raised a band of followers to wage war against the evil institution. One dark night his men tore several proslavery settlers from their homes and hacked them to death, as a bloody warning to others. Three years later Brown and his men assaulted the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, with the goal of furnishing slaves with weapons to murder their masters in a race war that would cleanse the nation of slavery once and for all. Abraham Lincoln's answer was politics. Lincoln, a lawyer and former office-holder, read the Bible not for moral guidance but as a writer's primer. He disliked slavery yet didn't consider it worth shedding blood over. He distanced himself from John Brown and joined the moderate wing of the new, antislavery Republican party. He spoke cautiously and dreamed big, plotting his path to Washington and perhaps the White House. Yet Lincoln's caution couldn't preserve him from the vortex of violence Brown set in motion. Arrested and sentenced to death, Brown comported himself with such conviction and dignity on the way to the gallows that he was canonized in the North as a martyr to liberty. Southerners responded in anger and horror that a terrorist was made into a saint. Lincoln shrewdly threaded the needle of the fracturing country and won election as president, still preaching moderation. But the time for moderation had passed. Slaveholders lumped Lincoln with Brown as an enemy of the Southern way of life; seven Southern states left the Union. Lincoln resisted secession, and the Civil War followed. At first a war for the Union, it became the war against slavery Brown had attempted to start. Before it was over, slavery had been destroyed, but so had Lincoln's faith that democracy can resolve its moral crises peacefully.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 326.8 Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2021
James Sullivan
Description: Documents the true story of a U.S. Navy destroyer that inspired the writings of John Ford and Herman Wouk, drawing on the journals and other writings of five shipmates who witnessed the Anzio attacks and D-Day invasion.The Plunkett's defining moment was at Anzio, where a dozen-odd German bombers bore down on the ship in an assault so savage, so prolonged, and so deadly that one Navy commander was hard-pressed to think of another destroyer that had endured what Plunkett had. After a three-month overhaul Plunkett (DD-431) plunged back into the war at Omaha Beach on D-Day, and once again into battle during the invasion of Southern France-- perhaps the only Navy ship to participate in every Allied invasion in the European theatre. Sullivan traces the individual journeys of five incredibly brave men whose stories play out on the decks of the Plunkett in the Mediterranean. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 940.5426 Sul
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2021
Gershom Gorenberg
Description: "As World War II rages in North Africa, General Irwin Rommel marches his troops swiftly through Egypt, aiming to overrun the entire Middle East. An uncanny sense of his enemies' weaknesses and positions informs each move. The Nazis, somehow, have a source for the Allies' greatest secrets. Yet Rommel is not the only one with stolen knowledge. Allied cryptographers are breaking the extraordinarily complex Nazi code Enigma. On the brink of disaster, a fevered, high-stakes search for the Nazis' source begins."--Dust jacket flap.
Call Number: 940.5486 Gor
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2021
Reid Mitenbuler
Description: In 1911, the cartoonist Winsor McCay debuted an animated version of his newspaper strip, Little Nemo in Slumberland. Loosely inspired by Sigmund Freud's research on dreams, the film was one of the first of its kind. McCay is largely forgotten today, but his work helped unleash the creative energy of animators like Otto Messmer, Max Fleischer, Walt Disney, and Chuck Jones. Their origin stories, rivalries, and sheer genius were as colorful and subversive as their creations--from Felix the Cat to Bugs Bunny to feature films such as Fantasia--which became an integral part of American culture over the next five decades. Before television, animated cartoons were often "little hand grenades of social and political satire" aimed squarely at adults. During its first half-century, animation was an important part of the culture wars about free speech, censorship, the appropriate boundaries of humor, and the influence of art and media on society. During WWII it also played a significant role in propaganda. The golden age of animation ended with the advent of television when cartoons were sanitized to appeal to a growing demographic of children and help advertisers sell sugary breakfast cereals. Wild Minds is an ode to our lively past and to the creative energy that would inspire The Simpsons, South Park, and BoJack Horseman today.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 791.453 Mit
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2021
Laura L. Lovett
Description: "The first biography of Dorothy Pitman Hughes, co-founder of Ms. Magazine and trailblazing Black feminist activist whose work made children, race, and welfare rights central to the women's movement"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.42 Lov
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2021
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A Shot In The Moonlight : How A Freed Slave And A Confederate Soldier Fought For Justice In The Jim Crow South
Ben Montgomery
The Crown In Crisis : Countdown To The Abdication
Alexander Larman
941.084 Lar
America And Iran : A History, 1720 To The Present
John H. Ghazvinian
327.55 Gha
The Eagles Of Heart Mountain : A True Story Of Football, Incarceration, And Resistance In World War Ii America
Bradford Pearson
940.5317 Pea
American Baby : A Mother, A Child, And The Shadow History Of Adoption
Gabrielle Glaser
362.734 Gla
The Invention Of Medicine : From Homer To Hippocrates
Robin Lane Fox
610.938 Lan
Craft : An American History
Glenn Adamson
680.973 Ada
The Three Mothers : How The Mothers Of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, And James Baldwin Shaped A Nation
Anna Malaika Tubbs
Four Hundred Souls : A Community History Of African America, 1619-2019
Ibram X. Kendi, Keisha N. Blain
973.0496 Fou
The World Turned Upside Down : A History Of The Chinese Cultural Revolution
Jisheng Yang, Stacy Mosher, Jian Guo
951.05 Yan
Four Lost Cities : A Secret History Of The Urban Age
Annalee Newitz
930.1 New
The Zealot And The Emancipator : John Brown, Abraham Lincoln And The Struggle For American Freedom
H. W. Brands
326.8 Bra
Himalaya : A Human History
Ed Douglas
954.96 Dou
Unsinkable : Five Men And The Indomitable Run Of The USS Plunkett
James Sullivan
940.5426 Sul
Julian Bond's Time To Teach : A History Of The Southern Civil Rights Movement
Julian Bond, Pamela Horowitz, Jeanne Theoharis, Danny Lyon, Vann R. Newkirk
323.0975 Bon
War Of Shadows : Codebreakers, Spies, And The Secret Struggle To Drive The Nazis From The Middle East
Gershom Gorenberg
940.5486 Gor
Soul City : Race, Equality, And The Lost Dream Of An American Utopia
Thomas Healy
Wild Minds : The Artists And Rivalries That Inspired The Golden Age Of Animation
Reid Mitenbuler
791.453 Mit
The Age Of Wood : Our Most Useful Material And The Construction Of Civilization
Roland. Ennos
620.1209 Enn
With Her Fist Raised : Dorothy Pitman Hughes And The Transformative Power Of Black Community Activism
Laura L. Lovett
305.42 Lov