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A volume of essays from an impressive array of notable academics, journalists, and media personalities from New Orleans and beyond, this collection presents a topical history of one of the country’s most historic and fascinating cities. New Orleans’ rich and variegated history has emerged from the influences of the French, English, Spanish, and many other ethnic groups. Paperback.
Since the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, countless historians, military experts, and World War II aficionados have debated the strategic decisions regarding the placement of the United States Naval Fleet in the Pacific. Now, for the first time, author Skipper Steely presents a detailed biography of the man who fought to prevent the massacre—Adm. James Otto Richardson. Through his comprehensive treatment of the life and times of Admiral Richardson, Steely explores four decades of American foreign policy, traditional military practice, U.S. intelligence, and the administrative side of the military, exposing the largely untold story of the events leading up to the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
The Pelican Guide to Historic Homes and Sites of Revolutionary America Volume I: New England describes the landmarks of the six New England states—Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The history and location of each site is carefully described, and includes useful information about admission policies. Paperback.
The sprawling marshland of the lower Mississippi has spawned one of the most interesting indigenous cultures in all America—the Cajuns. Since the eighteenth century, they have clung to their ways, including their remarkable French-based patois, their deep love of the land and water around them, their world-famous cuisine, and their enviable love of life. Paperback.
Dramatic proof of the Catholic Church’s resistance to Hitler’s persecution of Catholic individuals and institutions is furnished in this volume, compiled and first published in 1941. It offers an explicit refutation of accusations that the Vatican was complicit in the crimes committed by the Nazis and remained silent against their oppression.
Originally published in 1851, volume one in this collection begins Lossing’s journey. From the Battles of Saratoga to the nighttime attack on the British Pickets near Hackensack, this book recounts the major battles and skirmishes of the war and the strategic decisions that made each encounter important to the liberty of the nation.
In this second book in a three-volume set, author and historian Benson J. Lossing continues his journey across America and his research of the Revolution.
This volume begins with the unfurling of the first United States flag and focuses on the war in Boston and the life and legend of Benedict Arnold. Lossing includes sections on Rhode Island and how the war affected the people there, and he describes the events leading up to the meetings of the Second Continental Congress, giving details down to John Hancock’s mahogany chair.
In the final volume in The Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution, Benson J. Lossing describes the downfall of British commander Cornwallis and his retreat to the coast. He analyzes the suffering and sacrifices made by the soldiers and the influence of women on the war.
As in the previous volumes, Lossing’s language captures the eloquence of the time and beautifully relates the events of the war as the young nation struggled to earn its freedom.
Reading through these words and phrases is an abbreviated trip through history, with lists of major naval mutinies, a summary of the slave trade, and even jokes. This dictionary is written to be entertaining as well as informative, to give a flavor of the interesting times from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries when pirates controlled many sea lanes. It also contains a treasure trove of factual information about life aboard the ship, important pirate haunts, and technical terms. Paperback.
The residents of The Plains should be proud of the part their ancestors played in creating the colorful history of this section of Louisiana. The Old World cultures of France, Spain, England, Ireland, and Scotland blended to form the gracious, warmhearted people who inhabit this beautiful plainsland today.
One day in 1852, The Princess, one of the finest steamboats afloat on the Mississippi River one hundred years ago was rounding the bend a Duncan’s Point about ten miles below Baton Rouge, when the boilers exploded with a frightful loss of life. The disaster occurred in front of the Conrad “cottage” where a descendant, the late G. Mather Conrad, of New Orleans, was born and lived as a youth. Paperback.
From Little River to Georgetown, the South Carolina Grand Strand—popularly known as the Myrtle Beach region—is only fifty-five miles long, yet few coastlines have a richer, more colorful history. Numbered among its parade of colorful characters are hardened explorers, seasoned woodsmen, remarkable women, famous soldiers, powerful politicians, men of violence, rich men, poor men, and gifted visionaries.
Over forty years ago, an American president was gunned to death as his motorcade rolled through the streets of Dallas, Texas, and to this day, the identity of his assassin(s) remains a mystery. The president, of course, was John F. Kennedy, and from the circumstances of his murder, many have generated their own theories as to how and why the life of this young, charismatic commander in chief was terminated.
Bryan Batt and Katy Danos have created a snapshot of time and place filled with candid moments with musical stars, tales of beauty pageants, and photographic traces of the exciting rides and attractions that drew families from throughout the region.
While it’s common to say that the most predictable thing about the next war is its unpredictability, that wasn’t the case in the run-up to war with Japan. From Commodore Matthew Perry’s voyage into Japanese waters in 1853 to the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the United States and Japan were on a collision course.
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Fred Osborne was only sixteen when he left his home in Salem, Massachusetts to fight in the Civil War. In this remarkable collection of letters, he describes the privations and hardships of camp life, as well as its excitement and camaraderie. As a member of the Massachusetts 23rd Volunteers, young Osborne saw action at New Bern, Charleston, and Petersburg. His first-hand accounts of the Burnside Expedition, Roanoke Island, and the Second Front against Richmond are particularly enlightening. Paperback.
When William Clarke Quantrill raided Lawrence, Kansas, on August 21, 1863, a bloody massacre ensued. No account has given an objective viewpoint of the often misunderstood and incorrectly reported Raid on Lawrence until now. Seven chapters explore the details of the raid and its causes. Though Quantrill’s troops were accused of murder and robbery, Petersen proves that the men directed their operations on militiamen. He also argues that Lawrence was a viable military target, because it was a station for Jayhawkers and a supply house.
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