This is a story of three men and their lives from 1930 to 2000. They are respectively a psychiatrist, a historian, and a journalist. They work respectively at Cornell Medical School, Brown University, and the Baltimore Sun. They pursue their professions in times of major insitutional changes. Their five wives also tell their stories. This is, in part, a story of a generation.
A superb book about Don Watson's journeys around America. Featured as one of Newsweek’s 50 ‘What to Read Now and Why’ titles. Only in America - the most powerful democracy on earth, home to the best and worst of everything - are the most extreme contradictions possible. In a series of journeys acclaimed author Don Watson set out to explore the nation that has influenced him more than any other. Travelling by rail gave Watson a unique and seductive means of peering into the United States, a way to experience life with its citizens: long days with the American landscape and American towns and American history unfolding on the outside, while inside a tiny particle of the American people talked among themselves. Watson's experiences are profoundly affecting: he witnesses the terrible aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast; explores the savage history of the Deep South, the heartland of the Civil War; and journeys to the remarkable wilderness of Yellowstone National Park. Yet it is through the people he meets that Watson discovers the incomparable genius of America, its optimism, sophistication and riches - and also its darker side, its disavowal of failure and uncertainty. Beautifully written, with gentle power and sly humour, American Journeys investigates the meaning of the United States: its confidence, its religion, its heroes, its violence, and its material obsessions. The things that make America great are also its greatest flaws.
From a Newbery Award–winning author: Seven beloved classics that beautifully capture growing up and overcoming challenges across America. In her Newbery Honor Book, Indian Captive, and her Regional America series, six of which are collected here, author/illustrator Lois Lenski presents realistic portrayals of unforgettable young people facing hardships in a range of areas across the country. Based on a true story, Indian Captive tells the compelling chronicle of a twelve-year-old girl kidnapped by the Shawnee in 1758 Pennsylvania. Beginning with the Children’s Book Award winner Judy’s Journey, Lenski depicted kids’ experiences in different regions of mid-twentieth-century America—from East Coast migrant workers to a Texas girl whose family is dealing with drought, from an eleven-year-old boy in oil-boom Oklahoma to the daughter of coal miners in West Virginia, from a family in a flooded western Connecticut town to an African American girl in the 1950s coping with moving north with the help of her loving grandmother. Beyond changing the face of children’s literature, Lenski’s stories continue to endure because of their moving and believable depictions of young people from often overlooked communities. Through her art, Lenski gave these characters a voice that still rings loud and clear for modern readers. This ebook includes Indian Captive, Judy’s Journey, Flood Friday, Texas Tomboy, Boom Town Boy, Coal Camp Girl, and Mama Hattie’s Girl.
"Josef Albers (1888-1976), the highly influential designer, teacher, and painter, and Anni Albers (1899-1994), the pre-eminent twentieth century textile artist, met at the Bauhaus in 1922. Their art, grounded in the Bauhaus modernism of the 1920s, was transformed in powerful ways in the 1930s and 1940s by their encounters with the art, architecture, and textiles of the pre-Columbian cultures of Mexico and Latin America. Featuring excerpts from letters and manuscripts by Anni and Josef Albers, this catalogue is the first to document and study the influence of Central and South America on the work of this artistic couple."--BOOK JACKET.
"Contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in AD1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later. Read the words of explorers, Indians, missionaries, traders and settlers as they lived through the founding moments of American history. View, search, print, or download more than 150 rare books, original manuscripts, and classic travel narratives from the library and archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society"--Home page.
Forced by the Irish Potato Famine to seek steady work, Myra sails to America dreaming of a new future in which she can take care of her family. The only thing that mars her new life is her continuing hatred of Jews-they were the ones who collected taxes in Ireland and worked for the cruel landowners, throwing the destitute farmers off their land. Famine killed her young brother and sister and she's determined to get pregnant and let them live again through her children-husband or no husband. Myra meets David and her views of Jews are challenged. David's touch sparks a fire that drives her into his arms and his bed, heedless of anything but the pleasure that consumes her when they're together. Myra ignores her conscience, her values and her hatred in her relentless quest to achieve her desires, but no one, not even Myra could ever imagine her actions would change the destiny of several families...and the history of America.
Gridiron Underground traces the Canadian lifeline that brought talented African-American football players who were overlooked, ignored, or prevented from playing football in their home country from the 1940s right through to the present day.
Penguin announces a prestigious new series under presiding editor Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. Many works of history deal with the journeys of blacks in bondage from Africa to the United States along the ?middle passage,? but there is also a rich and little examined history of African Americans traveling in the opposite direction. In Middle Passages, award-winning historian James T. Campbell vividly recounts more than two centuries of African American journeys to Africa, including the experiences of such extraordinary figures as Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, Richard Wright, Malcolm X, and Maya Angelou. A truly groundbreaking work, Middle Passages offers a unique perspective on African Americans? ever-evolving relationship with their ancestral homeland, as well as their complex, often painful relationship with the United States.