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Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings
  • Author : Annette Gordon-Reed
  • Publisher : University of Virginia Press
  • Release Date : 1998-03-29
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN Code: 0813933560

Summary: When Annette Gordon-Reed's groundbreaking study was first published, rumors of Thomas Jefferson's sexual involvement with his slave Sally Hemings had circulated for two centuries. Among all aspects of Jefferson's renowned life, it was perhaps the most hotly contested topic. The publication of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings intensified this debate by identifying glaring inconsistencies in many noted scholars' evaluations of the existing evidence. In this study, Gordon-Reed assembles a fascinating and convincing argument: not that the alleged thirty-eight-year liaison necessarily took place but rather that the evidence for its taking place has been denied a fair hearing. Friends of Jefferson sought to debunk the Hemings story as early as 1800, and most subsequent historians and biographers followed suit, finding the affair unthinkable based upon their view of Jefferson's life, character, and beliefs. Gordon-Reed responds to these critics by pointing out numerous errors and prejudices in their writings, ranging from inaccurate citations, to impossible time lines, to virtual exclusions of evidence—especially evidence concerning the Hemings family. She demonstrates how these scholars may have been misguided by their own biases and may even have tailored evidence to serve and preserve their opinions of Jefferson. This updated edition of the book also includes an afterword in which the author comments on the DNA study that provided further evidence of a Jefferson and Hemings liaison.00 Possessing both a layperson's unfettered curiosity and a lawyer's logical mind, Annette Gordon-Reed writes with a style and compassion that are irresistible. Each chapter revolves around a key figure in the Hemings drama, and the resulting portraits are engrossing and very personal. Gordon-Reed also brings a keen intuitive sense of the psychological complexities of human relationships—relationships that, in the real world, often develop regardless of status or race. The most compelling element of all, however, is her extensive and careful research, which often allows the evidence to speak for itself. Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy is the definitive look at a centuries-old question that should fascinate general readers and historians alike.

Jewish American Chronology
  • Author : Mark K. Bauman
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release Date : 2011-06-30
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 155
  • ISBN Code: 0313376042

Summary: This comprehensive and analytical history of American Jews and Judaism from the Colonial Era to the present explores the impact of America on Jews and of Jews on America. * Hundreds of entries, organized chronologically, explain and analyze America's impact on Judaism and Jews, and Jews' impact on America * Photographs of individuals, businesses, synagogues, and orphans' homes, striking workers, suffragettes, and statuary with explanatory labels * Dozens of glossary entries that define and clarify key terms from "anti-Semitism" to "Zionism," as well as historical jargon like "colonial charters" and "established churches" * A select bibliography of books, journals, and web pages guides the reader in further study

  • Author : Toni Morrison
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Category: African Americans
  • Pages : 321
  • ISBN Code: 0099540975


Slavery and the British Country House
  • Author : Andrew Hann
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 180
  • ISBN Code: 9781848020641

Summary: In 2007 English Heritage commissioned initial research into links with transatlantic slavery or its abolition amongst families who owned properties now in its care. This was part of the commitment by English Heritage to commemorate the bicentenary of the abolition of the British transatlantic slave trade with work that would make a real difference to our understanding of the historic environment in the longer term. The research findings and those of other scholars and heritage practitioners were presented at the 'Slavery and the British Country House' conference which brought together academics, heritage professionals, country house owners and community researchers from across Britain to explore how country houses might be reconsidered in the light of their slavery linkages and how such links have been and might be presented to visitors. Since then the conference papers have been updated and reworked into a cutting edge volume which represents the most current and comprehensive consideration of slavery and the British country house as yet undertaken.

Cuisine and Culture
  • Author : Linda Civitello
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2011-03-29
  • Category: Cooking
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN Code: 0470403713

Summary: An illuminating account of how history shapes our diets—now in a new revised and updated Third Edition Why did the ancient Romans believe cinnamon grew in swamps guarded by giant killer bats? How did African cultures imported by slavery influence cooking in the American South? What does the 700-seat McDonald's in Beijing serve in the age of globalization? With the answers to these and many more such questions, Cuisine and Culture, Third Edition presents an engaging, entertaining, and informative exploration of the interactions among history, culture, and food. From prehistory and the earliest societies in the Fertile Crescent to today's celebrity chefs, Cuisine and Culture, Third Edition presents a multicultural and multiethnic approach to understanding how and why major historical events have affected and defined the culinary traditions in different societies. Now revised and updated, this Third Edition is more comprehensive and insightful than ever before. Covers prehistory through the present day—from the discovery of fire to the emergence of television cooking shows Explores how history, culture, politics, sociology, and religion have determined how and what people have eaten through the ages Includes a sampling of recipes and menus from different historical periods and cultures Features French and Italian pronunciation guides, a chronology of food books and cookbooks of historical importance, and an extensive bibliography Includes all-new content on technology, food marketing, celebrity chefs and cooking television shows, and Canadian cuisine. Complete with revealing historical photographs and illustrations, Cuisine and Culture is an essential introduction to food history for students, history buffs, and food lovers.

Swans: Their Biology and Natural History
  • Author : Paul Johnsgard
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2012-02-24
  • Category:
  • Pages : 114
  • ISBN Code: 160962081X

Summary: The seven species of swans are an easily and universally recognized group of waterfowl, which have historically played important roles in the folklore, myths and legends in many cultures. Among the largest of all flying birds, they have been used as symbo

  • Author : Annette Gordon-Reed,Peter S. Onuf
  • Publisher : Liveright Publishing Corporation
  • Release Date : 2016
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 370
  • ISBN Code: 9780871404428

Summary: Presents a history that explicates Thomas Jefferson's vision of himself, the American Revolution, Christianity, slavery, and race.

50 American Heroes Every Kid Should Meet (2nd Revised Edition)
  • Author : Dennis Denenberg,Lorraine Roscoe
  • Publisher : Millbrook Press
  • Release Date : 2016-09-01
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 120
  • ISBN Code: 1512413291

Summary: Heroes come in all ages, sizes, and colors, and 50 American Heroes Every Kid Should Meet (2nd Revised Edition) introduces readers to a diverse cast of great Americans. The remarkable stories of fifty inspiring Americans are highlighted, from Jane Addams to Louis Zamperini. Revised in 2016 by the original authors to include ten new heroes, the book includes up-to-date websites and booklists. With the most current biographical information available, this edition is sure to inform and inspire readers.

Race on Trial
  • Author : Annette Gordon-Reed
  • Publisher : Viewpoints on American Culture
  • Release Date : 2002
  • Category: Law
  • Pages : 234
  • ISBN Code: 9780195122800

Summary: This collection of 12 original essays brings together two themes of American culture - law and race. Cases discussed include Amistad, Dred Scott, Regents v. Bakke and O.J. Simpson.

Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  • Author : Christopher Kimball Bigelow
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2019-08-20
  • Category: Religion
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN Code: 1684127823

Summary: A beautiful reference guide to the first 170 Latter-day Saints temples. This beautiful book provides a compelling view of Mormonism’s accomplishments in building its temples. From historic temples to those still in operation to a preview of more to come, you’ll find interesting facts and statistics on each structure, as well as stories and anecdotes about the construction. Perfect for sharing the grandeur with friends of other faiths or for teaching children about the temples, this book will become a cherished volume in any gospel library.

The Almanac of American Philanthropy
  • Author : Karl Zinsmeister
  • Publisher : The Philanthropy Roundtable
  • Release Date : 2017-10-17
  • Category: Social Science
  • Pages : N.A
  • ISBN Code: 0997852607

Summary: Philanthropy in America is a giant undertaking—every year more than $390 billion is voluntarily given by individuals, foundations, and businesses to a riot of good causes. Donation rates are two to ten times higher in the U.S. than in comparable nations, and privately funded efforts to solve social problems, enrich culture, and strengthen society are among the most significant undertakings in the United States. The Almanac of American Philanthropy was created to serve as the definitive reference on America's distinctive philanthropy. Upon its publication it immediately became the authoritative, yet highly readable, 1,342-page bible of private giving—chronicling the greatest donors in history, the most influential achievements, the essential statistics, and summaries of vital ideas about charitable action. Now there is this new Compact Edition of the Almanac. It offers highlights of the crucial information and fascinating arguments contained in the full-length Almanac, in a condensed format. All updated to 2017!

Saving Monticello
  • Author : Marc Leepson
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2002-03-06
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN Code: 074322602X

Summary: When Thomas Jefferson died on the Fourth of July 1826 -- the nation's fiftieth birthday -- he was more than $100,000 in debt. Forced to sell thousands of acres of his lands and nearly all of his furniture and artwork, in 1831 his heirs bid a final goodbye to Monticello itself. The house their illustrious patriarch had lovingly designed in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, his beloved "essay in architecture," was sold to the highest bidder. Saving Monticello offers the first complete post-Jefferson history of this American icon and reveals the amazing story of how one Jewish family saved the house that became a family home to them for 89 years -- longer than it ever was to the Jeffersons. With a dramatic narrative sweep across generations, Marc Leepson vividly recounts the turbulent saga of this fabled estate. Twice the house came to the brink of ruin, and twice it was saved, by two different generations of the Levy family. United by a fierce love of country, they venerated the Founding Fathers for establishing a religiously tolerant and democratic nation where their family had thrived since the founding of the Georgia colony in 1733, largely free of the persecutions and prejudices of the Old World. Monticello's first savior was the mercurial U.S. Navy Commodore Uriah Phillips Levy, a colorful and controversial sailor, celebrated for his successful campaign to ban flogging in the Navy and excoriated for his stubborn willfulness. Prompted in 1833 by the Marquis de Lafayette's inquiry about "the most beautiful house in America," Levy discovered that Jefferson's mansion had fallen into a miserable state of decay. Acquiring the ruined estate and committing his considerable resources to its renewal, he began what became a tumultuous nine-decade relationship between his family and Jefferson's home. After passing from Levy control at the time of the commodore's death, Monticello fell once more into hard times, cattle being housed on its first floor and grain in its once elegant upper rooms. Again, remarkably, a member of the Levy family came to the rescue. Uriah's nephew, the aptly named Jefferson Monroe Levy, a three-term New York congressman and wealthy real estate and stock speculator, gained possession in 1879. After Jefferson Levy poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into its repair and upkeep, his chief reward was to face a vicious national campaign, with anti-Semitic overtones, to expropriate the house and turn it over to the government. Only after the campaign had failed, with Levy declaring that he would sell Monticello only when the White House itself was offered for sale, did Levy relinquish it to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in 1923. Rich with memorable, larger-than-life characters, beginning with Thomas Jefferson himself, the story is cast with such figures as James Turner Barclay, a messianic visionary who owned the house from 1831 to 1834; the fiery Uriah Levy, he of the six courts-martial and teenage wife; the colorful Confederate Colonel Benjamin Franklin Ficklin, who controlled Monticello during the Civil War; and the eccentric, high-living, deal-making egoist Jefferson Monroe Levy. Pulling back the veil of history to reveal a story we thought we knew, Saving Monticello establishes this most American of houses as more truly reflective of the American experience than has ever been fully appreciated.

White Coat Tales
  • Author : Robert B. Taylor
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2010-04-28
  • Category: Medical
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN Code: 9780387730806

Summary: This collection of intriguing stories offers profound insights into medical history. It highlights what all health professionals should know about the career path they have chosen. Each chapter presents a number of fascinating tales of legendary medical innovators, diseases that changed history, insightful clinical sayings, famous persons and their illnesses, and epic blunders made by physicians and scientists. The book relates the stories in history to what clinicians do in practice today and is ideal reading for physicians, residents, medical students and all clinicians.

Hoosiers and the American Story
  • Author : Madison, James H.,Sandweiss, Lee Ann
  • Publisher : Indiana Historical Society
  • Release Date : 2014-10-01
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 358
  • ISBN Code: 0871953633

Summary: A supplemental textbook for middle and high school students, Hoosiers and the American Story provides intimate views of individuals and places in Indiana set within themes from American history. During the frontier days when Americans battled with and exiled native peoples from the East, Indiana was on the leading edge of America’s westward expansion. As waves of immigrants swept across the Appalachians and eastern waterways, Indiana became established as both a crossroads and as a vital part of Middle America. Indiana’s stories illuminate the history of American agriculture, wars, industrialization, ethnic conflicts, technological improvements, political battles, transportation networks, economic shifts, social welfare initiatives, and more. In so doing, they elucidate large national issues so that students can relate personally to the ideas and events that comprise American history. At the same time, the stories shed light on what it means to be a Hoosier, today and in the past.

  • Author : Alan H. Goodman,Yolanda T. Moses,Joseph L. Jones
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2019-12-31
  • Category: Social Science
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN Code: 1119472474

Summary: The second edition of the bestselling title on modern notions of race, providing timely examination of perspectives on race, racism, and human biological variation In this fully updated second edition of this popular text on the study of race, Alan Goodman, Yolanda Moses, and Joseph Jones take a timely look at modern ideas surrounding race, racism, and human diversity, and consider the ways that ideas about race have changed over time. New material in the second edition covers recent history and emerging topics in the study of race. The second edition has also been updated to account for advancements in the study of human genetic variation, which provide further evidence that race is an entirely social phenomenon. RACE compels readers to carefully consider their own ideas about race and the role that race plays in the world around them. Examines the ways perceptions of race influence laws, customs, and social institutions in the US and around the world Explores the impact of race and racism on health, wealth, education, and other domains of life Includes guest essays by noted scholars, a complete bibliography, and a full glossary Stands as an ideal text for courses on race, racism, and cultural and economic divides Combines insights and examples from science, history, and personal narrative Includes engaging photos, illustrations, timelines, and diagrams to illustrate important concepts To read author Alan Goodman's recent blog post on the complicated relationship between race and biology, please click here.

The Archaeology of Slavery
  • Author : Lydia Wilson Marshall
  • Publisher : SIU Press
  • Release Date : 2014-12-12
  • Category: Social Science
  • Pages : 414
  • ISBN Code: 080933397X

Summary: The Archaeology of Slavery grapples with both the benefits and complications of a comparative approach to the archaeology of slavery. Contributors from different archaeological subfields, including American, African, prehistoric, and historical, consider how to define slavery, identify it in the archaeological record, and study slavery as a diachronic process that covers enslavement to emancipation and beyond. Themes include how to define slavery, how to identify slavery archaeologically, enslavement and emancipation, and the politics and ethics of slavery-related research.

History of Military Cartography
  • Author : Elri Liebenberg,Imre Josef Demhardt,Soetkin Vervust
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2016-01-28
  • Category: Science
  • Pages : 375
  • ISBN Code: 3319252445

Summary: This volume gathers 19 papers first presented at the 5th International Symposium of the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, which took place at the University of Ghent, Belgium on 2-5 December 2014. The overall conference theme was 'Cartography in Times of War and Peace', but preference was given to papers dealing with the military cartography of the First World War (1914-1918). The papers are classified by period and regional sub-theme, i.e. Military Cartography from the 18th to the 20th century; WW I Cartography in Belgium, Central Europe, etc.

Tower Grove
  • Author : Mark Abbott
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 110
  • ISBN Code: 9781933370798

Summary: Tower Grove is a brief history of a collection of neighborhoods that abut Tower Grove Park. Built out shortly after the turn of the century, the Tower Grove community has been the bedrock of South St. Louis over the last one hundred years. Recognized historically as steeped in traditional St. Louis values, Tower Grove has become a haven to a very diverse cross-section of people and cultures and represents the new St. Louis. This book describes the early buildout of the neighborhood and the various architectural styles used. It discusses Henry Shaw's vision for Tower Grove Park and the role that the park has had in the life of the community. It also explores the identity of the various neighborhoods in the community and their interaction with each other, while highlighting several important streets, people, landmarks, and institutions in order to delve into the life of the community.

Seeing the Past with Computers
  • Author : Kevin Kee,Timothy J Compeau
  • Publisher : U OF M DIGT CULT BOOKS
  • Release Date : 2019-01-24
  • Category: Computers
  • Pages : 253
  • ISBN Code: 0472131117

Summary: Recent developments in computer technology are providing historians with new ways to see—and seek to hear, touch, or smell—traces of the past. Place-based augmented reality applications are an increasingly common feature at heritage sites and museums, allowing historians to create immersive, multifaceted learning experiences. Now that computer vision can be directed at the past, research involving thousands of images can recreate lost or destroyed objects or environments, and discern patterns in vast datasets that could not be perceived by the naked eye. Seeing the Past with Computers is a collection of twelve thought-pieces on the current and potential uses of augmented reality and computer vision in historical research, teaching, and presentation. The experts gathered here reflect upon their experiences working with new technologies, share their ideas for best practices, and assess the implications of—and imagine future possibilities for—new methods of historical study. Among the experimental topics they explore are the use of augmented reality that empowers students to challenge the presentation of historical material in their textbooks; the application of seeing computers to unlock unusual cultural knowledge, such as the secrets of vaudevillian stage magic; hacking facial recognition technology to reveal victims of racism in a century-old Australian archive; and rebuilding the soundscape of an Iron Age village with aural augmented reality. This volume is a valuable resource for scholars and students of history and the digital humanities more broadly. It will inspire them to apply innovative methods to open new paths for conducting and sharing their own research.

African Americans in Minnesota
  • Author : David Vassar Taylor
  • Publisher : Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Release Date : 2009-06-26
  • Category: Social Science
  • Pages : 101
  • ISBN Code: 9780873516532

Summary: While making up a smaller percentage of Minnesota's population compared to national averages, African Americans have had a profound influence on the history and culture of the state from its earliest days to the present. Author David Taylor chronicles the rich history of Blacks in the state through careful analysis of census and housing records, newspaper records, and first-person accounts. He recounts the triumphs and struggles of African Americans in Minnesota over the past 200 years in a clear and concise narrative. Major themes covered include settlement by Blacks during the territorial and early statehood periods; the development of urban Black communities in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Duluth; Blacks in rural areas; the emergence of Black community organizations and leaders in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries; and Black communities in transition during the turbulent last half of the twentieth century. Taylor also introduces influential and notable African Americans: George Bonga, the first African American born in the region during the fur trade era; Harriet and Dred Scott, whose two-year residence at Fort Snelling in the 1830s later led to a famous, though unsuccessful, legal challenge to the institution of slavery; John Quincy Adams, publisher of the state's first Black newspaper; Fredrick L. McGhee, the state's first Black lawyer; community leaders, politicians, and civil servants including James Griffin, Sharon Sayles Belton, Alan Page, Jean Harris, and Dr. Richard Green; and nationally influential artists including August Wilson, Lou Bellamy, Prince, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis. African Americans in Minnesota is the fourth book in The People ofMinnesota, a new series dedicated to telling the history of the state through the stories of its ethnic groups in accessible and illustrated paperbacks.

Museums and Memory
  • Author : Susan A. Crane
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 257
  • ISBN Code: 9780804735650

Summary: This volume considers museums from personal experience and historical study, and from the memories of museum visitors, curators, and scholars. Representing a variety of fields, the essays range widely over time and place, in exhibitions explored, and types of institutions.

  • Author : Tom A. Coburn
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2013-01-24
  • Category: National parks and reserves
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN Code: 9781457852602

Summary: This report documents how members of Congress have used the Park Service to advance parochial interests while ignoring billions in maintenance backlog at our nation's most prized national parks, and outlines areas of low-priority and wasteful spending by the Park Service. Funding for low-priority and obscure parks earmarked by lawmakers has come at the cost of caring for our national treasures like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, the National Mall and Independence Park in Philadelphia. Last year alone, the National Park Service put off more than a quarter billion dollars in much needed maintenance projects, adding to the $11.5 billion maintenance backlog already threatening the health, safety, and accessibility of park visitors. This report aims to inspire Congress to set common sense priorities and make sure our parks reflect our nation's greatness rather than the government's incompetence. Figures and tables. This is a print on demand report.

The American West and the Nazi East
  • Author : C. Kakel
  • Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2013-01-01
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 310
  • ISBN Code: 9781349324668

Summary: By employing new 'optics' and a comparative approach, this book helps us recognize the unexpected and unsettling connections between America's 'western' empire and Nazi Germany's 'eastern' empire, linking histories previously thought of as totally unrelated and leading readers towards a deep revisioning of the 'American West' and the 'Nazi East'.

Food, Cuisine, and Cultural Competency for Culinary, Hospitality, and Nutrition Professionals
  • Author : Sari Edelstein
  • Publisher : Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Release Date : 2009-09-23
  • Category: Cooking
  • Pages : 610
  • ISBN Code: 0763759651

Summary: Food, Cuisine, and Cultural Competency for Culinary, Hospitality, and Nutrition Professionals comprehensively covers unique food traditions as they apply to health. The text explores the critical importance of cultural sensitivity and competency in today's work setting, addresses health literacy issues of diverse client bases, and helps readers identify customer communication techniques that enable professionals to establish trust with clients of ethnicity not their own. Written and peer reviewed by experts in the culture discussed, each chapter in this groundbreaking text covers a distinct region or culture and discusses the various contexts that contribute to nutrition and health: lifestyles, eating patterns, ethnic foods, menu planning, communication (verbal and non-verbal), and more. This book is consistent with The American Dietetic Association’s Cultural Competence Strategic Plan.

An Introduction to Zooarchaeology
  • Author : Diane Gifford-Gonzalez
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2018-04-03
  • Category: Social Science
  • Pages : 604
  • ISBN Code: 3319656821

Summary: This volume is a comprehensive, critical introduction to vertebrate zooarchaeology, the field that explores the history of human relations with animals from the Pliocene to the Industrial Revolution.​ The book is organized into five sections, each with an introduction, that leads the reader systematically through this swiftly expanding field. Section One presents a general introduction to zooarchaeology, key definitions, and an historical survey of the emergence of zooarchaeology in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa, and introduces the conceptual approach taken in the book. This volume is designed to allow readers to integrate data from the book along with that acquired elsewhere within a coherent analytical framework. Most of its chapters take the form of critical “review articles,” providing a portal into both the classic and current literature and contextualizing these with original commentary. Summaries of findings are enhanced by profuse illustrations by the author and others.​

Notes on the State of Virginia
  • Author : Thomas Jefferson
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 330
  • ISBN Code: 9780140436679

Summary: A request in 1780 by the French legation to the United States to learn more about the newly formed thirteen states of America stimulated in Jefferson, as he later described it, a "mysterious obligation for making me much better acquainted with my own country than I ever was before." Written during his first term as governor of Virginia, Notes on the State of Virginia is at once a scientific discourse, an attempt to define America, and an examination of the idea of freedom. With the same genius and clear, flexible prose style that informs the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson chronicles Virginia's natural, social, and political history. In his introduction to this annotated edition, which discusses the work's origins and composition, Frank Shuffelton focuses particularly on Jefferson's response to contemporary scientific writings on "New World degeneracy, " his differing treatment of blacks and Native Americans, and his influential role in creating a mythicized American self-image.

Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States
  • Author : N.A
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2015
  • Category: Droughts
  • Pages : 289
  • ISBN Code: N.A

Summary: This assessment provides input to the reauthorized National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and the National Climate Assessment (NCA), and it establishes the scientific foundation needed to manage for drought resilience and adaptation. Focal areas include drought characterization; drought impacts on forest processes and disturbances such as insect outbreaks and wildfire; and consequences for forest and rangeland values. Drought can be a severe natural disaster with substantial social and economic consequences. Drought becomes most obvious when large-scale changes are observed; however, even moderate drought can have long-lasting impacts on the structure and function of forests and rangelands without these obvious large-scale changes. Large, stand-level impacts of drought are already underway in the West, but all U.S. forests are vulnerable to drought. Drought-associated forest disturbances are expected to increase with climatic change. Management actions can either mitigate or exacerbate the effects of drought. A first principal for increasing resilience and adaptation is to avoid management actions that exacerbate the effects of current or future drought. Options to mitigate drought include altering structural or functional components of vegetation, minimizing drought-mediated disturbance such as wildfire or insect outbreaks, and managing for reliable flow of water.

Master of the Mountain
  • Author : Henry Wiencek
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2013-09-03
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN Code: 9780374534028

Summary: Henry Wiencek’s eloquent, persuasive Master of the Mountain—based on new information coming from archival research, archaeological work at Monticello, and hitherto overlooked or disregarded evidence in Thomas Jefferson’s own papers—opens up a huge, poorly understood dimension of Jefferson’s faraway world. We must, Wiencek suggests, follow the money. Wiencek’s Jefferson is a man of business and public affairs who makes a success of his debt-ridden plantation thanks to what he calls the “silent profit” gained from his slaves—and thanks to the skewed morals of the political and social world that he and thousands of others readily inhabited. It is not a pretty story. Slave boys are whipped to make them work in the nail factory at Monticello that pays Jefferson’s grocery bills. Slaves are bought, sold, given as gifts, and used as collateral for the loan that pays for Monticello’s construction—while Jefferson composes theories that obscure the dynamics of what he himself called “the execrable commerce.” Many people saw a catastrophe coming and tried to stop it, but not Jefferson. The pursuit of happiness had become deeply corrupted, and an oligarchy was getting very rich. Is this the quintessential American story?

Southampton St. Louis
  • Author : Tim Fox
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2017-09
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN Code: 9781681060606

Summary: Southampton St. Louis: An Unconventional History is unlike any other local history book on the shelves. Assembled by a group of authors over a period of five years, it is not a scholarly book. Lavishly illustrated, it is more concerned with what happened than why--or, at least, that's how a particular author remembered it happening. The book will interest anyone who has lived, worked, played, prayed, or learned in Southampton, one of St. Louis's hottest and most stable neighborhoods. St. Louis's Southampton Neighborhood is organized into six parts to capture various aspects of life in Southampton: * "Building Southampton" follows the neighborhood's growth from the nearby Laclede-Christy Clay Works in post-Civil War St. Louis through the first houses that sprang up around the time of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair and after World War II. * "Living in Southampton" takes the "stuff" of everyday life--things and events we don't notice when we are in the midst of living--and records them for posterity. * "Working in Southampton" documents changes that took place in the neighborhood's business community from the 1930s to the 2010s. * "Playing in Southampton" delivers just what it promises: a lighthearted look at some of the games, hi-jinks, and attractions that have entertained Southamptonians--especially Southampton kids. * "Praying in Southampton" honors the many faiths that have called Southampton home, from Catholics (of course) to Lutherans, Presbyterians, and Christian Scientists. * "Learning in Southampton" recognizes the fine public and private schools that have served the community.

Materializing Colonial Encounters
  • Author : François G. Richard
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2015-09-19
  • Category: Social Science
  • Pages : 307
  • ISBN Code: 1493926330

Summary: This volume investigates the material production and expression of colonial experiences in Africa. It combines archaeological, historical, and ethnographic sources to explore the diverse pathways, practices, and projects constructed by Africans in their engagement with the forces of colonial modernity and capitalism. This volume is situated in ongoing debates in archaeological and anthropological approaches to materiality. In this respect, it seeks to target archaeologists interested in the conceptual issues provoked by colonial enfoldments. It is also concerned with increasing the visibility of relevant African archaeological literature to scholars of colonialism and imperialism laboring in other fields. This book brings together an array of junior and senior scholars, whose contributions represent a rich sample of the vibrant archaeological research conducted in Africa today, blending conceptual inspiration with robust fieldwork. The chapters target a variety of cultural, historical, and colonial settings. They are driven by a plurality of perspectives, but they are bound by a shared commitment to postcolonial, critical, and material culture theories. While this book focuses on western and southern Africa – the sub-regions that boast the deepest traditions of historical archaeological research in the continent – attention was also placed on including case-studies from traditionally less well-represented areas (East African and Swahili coasts, Madagascar), whose material pasts are nevertheless essential to a wider comprehension of variability and comparability of ‘modern’ colonial conditions. Consequently, this volume lends a unique wide-ranging look at African experiences across the tangle of imperial geographies on the continent, with case-studies focusing on Anglophone, Francophone, and Dutch-speaking contexts. This volume is an exciting opportunity to present this work to wider audiences and foster conversations with a wide community of scholars about the material fashioning of colonial life, relations, and configurations of power.

Women and Underrepresented Minorities in Computing
  • Author : William Aspray
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2016-07-11
  • Category: Computers
  • Pages : 271
  • ISBN Code: 3319248111

Summary: This text examines in detail the issue of the underrepresentation of women, African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanics in the computing disciplines in the U.S. The work reviews the underlying causes, as well as the efforts of various nonprofit organizations to correct the situation, in order to both improve social equity and address the shortage of skilled workers in this area. Topics and features: presents a digest and historical overview of the relevant literature from a range of disciplines, including leading historical and social science sources; discusses the social and political factors that have affected the demographics of the workforce from the end of WWII to the present day; provides historical case studies on organizations that have sought to broaden participation in computing and the STEM disciplines; reviews the different approaches that have been applied to address underrepresentation, at the individual, system-wide, and pathway-focused level; profiles the colleges and universities that have been successful in opening up computer science or engineering to female students; describes the impact of individual change-agents as well as whole organizations.

The Goldsboro Broken Arrow
  • Author : Joel Dobson
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2011-08-01
  • Category: Aircraft accidents
  • Pages : 218
  • ISBN Code: 9781257869527

Summary: In 1961, a Strategic Air Command bomber, a B-52, disintegrated in mid-air near Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Two H-bombs, each hundreds of times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb, were thrown out, and started the arming process. This is the true story of that mission and the aftermath that could have been the worst man-made disaster in history. Eye-witnesses to the crash have unique stories to tell, as well as the last surviving crew member who made a miraculous escape, without an ejection seat. Also included is the story of the man who deactivated both 3.8 megaton bombs. And part of one of the bombs is still buried there, in a field near Faro, North Carolina.

Jefferson's Garden
  • Author : Timberlake Wertenbaker
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release Date : 2015-02-26
  • Category: Drama
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN Code: 0571325130

Summary: America. 1776. Christian is a Quaker. His family came to America to live in peace. But he is a young man fired up by dreams of revolution. Should he defy his community and pick up a gun? Thomas Jefferson is an idealist, with a vision of liberty for all. But America is a fractured coalition of states, in a bloody war for independence. How will he balance the ideal with the reality? Susanna was born a slave. But the British promise liberation for those who join their fight against the revolution. Where does true freedom lie? Jefferson's Garden by Timberlake Wertenbaker premiered at Watford Palace Theatre in February 2015.

From Uncle Tom's Cabin to The Help
  • Author : C. Garcia,V. Young,C. Pimentel
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2014-08-13
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 255
  • ISBN Code: 1137446269

Summary: This book surveys the cultural, literary, and cinematic impact of white-authored films and imaginative literature on American society from Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin to Kathryn Stockett's Th e Hel p .