400 Years of Triumph, Courage and Excellence
Author: Lean'tin L. Bracks
A comprehensive reference work covers the historical contributions, accomplishments and current status of African Americans in a variety of professional fields, from entertainment to politics. Original.
Author: Robert K. Dodge
Publisher: Popular Press
This collection is a selection of comic items from almanacs published between 1776 and 1800. Dodge uses his smooth, astute writing style to unfold the humor in a section of American Heritage. The eight chapters are categorized by subject, including "Comic American Heroes," "The Tall Tale," and "Men, Women, Marriage, and Sex."
Brother Jonathan and American Identity
Author: Winifred Morgan
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The top hat and stars and stripes that characterize Uncle Sam today were first worn by Yankee actors portraying Brother Jonathan. This book explores the complex emblematic function of the Brother Jonathan figure and its changing meaning through the decades and in a multitude of popular media.
Author: Dr Catherine Armstrong
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Through an analysis of textual representations of the American landscape, this book looks at how North America appeared in books printed on both sides of the Atlantic between the years 1660 and 1745. A variety of literary genres are examined to discover how authors described the landscape, climate, flora and fauna of America, particularly of the new southern colonies of Carolina and Georgia. Chapters are arranged thematically, each exploring how the relationship between English and American print changed over the 85 years under consideration. Beginning in 1660 with the impact of the Restoration on the colonial relationship, the book moves on to show how the expansion of British settlement in this period coincided with a dramatic increase in the production and consumption of the printed word and the further development of religious and scientific explanations of landscape change and climactic events. This in turn led to multiple interpretations of the American landscape dependent on factors such as whether the writer had actually visited America or not, differing purposes for writing, growing imperial considerations, and conflict with the French, Spanish and Natives. The book concludes by bringing together the three key themes: how representations of landscape varied depending on the genre of literature in which they appeared; that an author's perceived self-definition (as English resident, American visitor or American resident) determined his understanding of the American landscape; and finally that the development of a unique American identity by the mid-eighteenth century can be seen by the way American residents define the landscape and their relationship to it.
A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed the United States
Author: Brian Burch,Emily Stimpson
What do Buffalo Bill, John F. Kennedy, Ponce de Leon, Dorothy Day, Andy Warhol, and Al Capone have in common? They're all Catholics who have shaped America. In this page-a-day history, 365 entries offer inspiring stories celebrating the Catholic American experience. From famous figures to ordinary people, The American CatholicAlmanactells the facinating, funny, uplifting, and unlikely tales of Catholics' influence on American culture and politics. Spanning the scope of the Revolutionary War to Tom and Jerry cartoons to Notre Dame football, this unique devotional will appeal to anyone curious about how the Catholic faith has intersected with public life over the last three hundred years in America.
Intersections of Indigenous Literatures
Author: Christina M. Hebebrand
Category: Literary Criticism
This book studies Native American and Chicano/a writers of the American Southwest as a coherent cultural group with common features and distinct efforts to deal with and to resist the dominant Euro-American culture.
The Communications Frontier in Early New England
Author: Katherine Grandjean
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Katherine Grandjean shows that the English conquest of New England was not just a matter of consuming territory, of transforming woods into farms. It entailed a struggle to control the flow of information—who could travel where, what news could be sent, over which routes winding through the woods along the early American communications frontier.
Celebrating Nature and Her Rhythms in the City
Author: Eric Utne
Publisher: Cosmo Doogood's Urban Almanac
From cities across North America, a reference explores urban flora and fauna, from blooming schedules to a year's worth of weather predictions, with sun, moon, and planet guides and weekly meditations. Original. 80,000 first printing.
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Category: Almanacs, American
Contains the introductory pages to the 1757 edition of the Almanac, and many anecdotes and essays.
More Than 50,000 Years of the Cultures and Histories of Indigenous Peoples
Author: Yvonne Wakim Dennis,Arlene Hirschfelder,Shannon Rothenberger Flynn
Publisher: Visible Ink Press
From ancient rock drawings to today’s urban living, the Native American Almanac: More than 50,000 Years of the Cultures and Histories of Indigenous Peoples traces the rich heritage of indigenous people. It is a fascinating mix of biography, pre-contact and post-contact history, current events, Tribal Nations’ histories, enlightening insights on environmental and land issues, arts, treaties, languages, education, movements, and more. Ten regional chapters, including urban living, cover the narrative history, the communities, land, environment, important figures, and backgrounds of each area’s Tribal Nations and peoples. The stories of 345 Tribal Nations, biographies of 400 influential figures in all walks of life, Native American firsts, awards, and statistics are covered. 150 photographs and illustrations bring the text to life. The most complete and affordable single-volume reference work about Native American culture available today, the Native American Almanac is a unique and valuable resource devoted to illustrating, demystifying, and celebrating the moving, sometimes difficult, and often lost history of the indigenous people of America. Capturing the stories and voices of the American Indian of yesterday and today, it provides a range of information on Native American history, society, and culture.
Author: Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
A panoramic study of the history of America details the exploration, settlement, wars, social and cultural evolution, and emergence as a superpower.
Author: UXL,Peggy Saari,Julie L. Carnagie
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Forming part of the Colonial America Reference Library which provides comprehensive information on the Colonial American period, this volume focuses on: government, arts, sports, recreation, science, economy and more. It examines the colonial period in America, discussing both the Native American culture before the arrival of Europeans and the exploration and settlement of different parts of the New World.
Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman's Life
Author: Candace Fleming
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
"What good shall I do today?" How Ben Franklin answered that question -- through his work as a writer, printer, statesman, and inventor -- forever established him as one of America's greatest figures. On one day in 1729 he published the first edition of the Pennsylvania Gazette; on another day he changed the Declaration of Independence by adding the famous words, "We hold these truths to be self-evident"; and it was all in a day's work when he planted the first willow trees in America. Modeled on his own Poor Richard's Almanack, this unique scrapbook captures Franklin's countless accomplishments. Biography and anecdote, cartoon and etching mesh to create a fascinating portrait of this most fascinating man. Anyone interested in the birth of American democracy...or curious about the rise of the U.S. postal system...or wondering how paper money came to be...or wanting to know how Ben Franklin was part of it all, is sure to pore over Ben Franklin's Almanac.
Almanacs and Early American Religious Life
Author: T. J. Tomlin
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
The almanac was early America's most affordable and widespread form of print. At its core, it was a calendar and an astrologically-based medical handbook punctuated by poetry, moral axioms, and amusing anecdotes. A Divinity for All Persuasions investigates the religious significance of early America's most ubiquitous popular genre. Other than a Bible and perhaps a few sermons and schoolbooks, an almanac was the only printed item most people owned before 1820 and almanac-makers becameastute arbiters of popular opinion. Catering to consumer demand by drawing on the religious works of their day, early American almanac-makers placed a distilled Protestant vernacular at the center of their publications. By disseminating a recognizable collection of Protestant concepts regarding God's existence, divine revelation, the human condition, and the afterlife, almanacs played an unparalleled role in reinforcing British North America's shared religious culture." Employing a wealthof archival material, T.J. Tomlin analyzes the pan-Protestant sensibility distributed through the almanacs' pages between 1730 and 1820. Influenced by readers' opinions and printers' pragmatism, the religious content of popular print supports a fresh interpretation of early American cultural and religious history. In sharp contrast to a historiography centered on intra-Protestant competition, Tomlin shows that most early Americans relied on a handful of Protestant "essentials" (the Bible, the afterlife, and a recognizably moral life) rather than denominational specifics to define and organize their religious lives. A Divinity for All Persuasions uncovers the prevailing religious sensibility at the center of early America's most popular form of print."
Author: P. Kenneth Seidelmann,United States Naval Observatory. Nautical Almanac Office,Great Britain. Nautical Almanac Office
Publisher: University Science Books
The Explanatory Supplement provides a detailed description of how to perform practical astronomy or spherical astronomy. This completely revised and rewritten edition is an authoritative source on astronomical phenomena and calendars. Although this paperback edition carries a 2006 copyright date, it is the same material published in 1992 hardcover edition.
Author: Steven R. Serafin,Alfred Bendixen
Publisher: A&C Black
Category: Literary Criticism
More than ten years in the making, this comprehensive single-volume literary survey is for the student, scholar, and general reader. The Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature represents a collaborative effort, involving 300 contributors from across the US and Canada. Composed of more than 1,100 signed biographical-critical entries, this Encyclopedia serves as both guide and companion to the study and appreciation of American literature. A special feature is the topical article, of which there are 70.
Author: Sarah Janssen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Get thousands of facts right at your fingertips with this essential resource. The World Almanac® and Book of Facts is America's top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 82 million copies sold. Since 1868, this compendium of information has been the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. The 2017 edition of The World Almanac® reviews the events of 2016 and will be your go-to source for questions on any topic in the upcoming year. Praised as a "treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information" by The Wall Street Journal, The World Almanac® and Book of Facts will answer all of your trivia needs—from history and sports to geography, pop culture, and much more. Features include: • 2016—Top 10 News Topics: The editors of The World Almanac® list the top stories that held the world's attention in 2016. • 2016—Year in Sports: Hundreds of pages of trivia and statistics that are essential for any sports fan, featuring complete coverage of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the 2016 World Series, and much more. • 2016—Year in Pictures: Striking full-color images from around the world in 2016, covering news, entertainment, science, and sports. • 2016—Offbeat News Stories: The World Almanac® editors found some of the strangest news stories of the year. • World Almanac ® Editors' Picks: Time Capsule: The World Almanac® lists the items that most came to symbolize the year 2016, from news and sports to pop culture. • 2016 Election Results: The World Almanac® provides a comprehensive look at the entire 2016 election process, from the roller coaster of the early primaries to state and county presidential voting results and coverage of House, Senate, and gubernatorial races. • The World at a Glance: This annual feature of The World Almanac® provides a quick look at the surprising stats and curious facts that define the changing world. • World Almanac ® Editors’ Picks: The Best Teams That Never Won It All: In light of Golden State's unprecedented regular season success and eventual downfall in the NBA Finals, The World Almanac® takes a look back into sports history for the best teams that fell just short of championship glory. • Statistical Spotlight: A brand-new feature highlights statistics relevant to the biggest stories of the year. These data provide context to give readers a fresh perspective on important issues. • Other New Highlights: Newly available statistics on sexuality, student loans, overdose deaths, state minimum wages, and much more.