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The Gettysburg Address (Little Books of Wisdom)

The Gettysburg Address was delivered on the afternoon of November 19, 1863 by Abraham Lincoln at th....

U.S. History

U.S. History is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of most introductory courses. The text provides a balanced approach to U.S. history, considering the people, events, and ideas that have shaped the United States from both the top down (politics, economics, diplomacy) and bottom up (eyewitness accounts, lived experience). U.S. History covers key forces that form the American experience, with particular attention to issues of race, class, and gender.

Aztecs: A History From Beginning to End

Aztec History

The Aztec Empire did not recoil from the face of an impending doom, they struggled faithfully. Destined to emerge from their humble beginnings, it grew into a highly-complex devoted civilization refusing to live at the mercy of more neighboring powerful rulers. Their powerful pocheca combed the valley for luxury items while markets dotted their lands.

Inside you will find...

" Introduction

" How the Aztecs Are Portrayed and How Their History Survives

" Defining Moments and their Search to Expand and Save the World

" Their Philosophy: its Impact on Social Life and How it Served the Kings

" Conclusion

Isolated from the Old World until the devastating Spanish conquest, the Aztec mc"hualtin (commoners) and nobles enhanced their positions while kings and relentless warriors dealt with the political realities of powerful dynasties and rivaling kingdoms. They developed a philosophy, an order and a society built on loyalty, stoic honor and sacrifice as they embraced the temporary nature of things. Investigate the era of the Fifth Sun and what defined the Aztecs and their relationship with the divine.

Helter Skelter: Part One of the Shocking Manson Murders

Part One: The Shocking Story of the Manson Murders.

On August 9th 1969, seven people were found shot, stabbed and bludgeoned to death in Los Angeles at two different locations.

Among them was Sharon Tate Polanski: Roman Polanski's heavily pregnant wife who was found with multiple wounds of the chest and back having been stabbed sixteen times. Before she was stabbed to death, Sharon was hanged from one of the rafters in the living room.

Jay Sebring: a popular figure in Hollywood circles, Jay was found with a bloody towel covering his face, a rope around his neck slung over rafters and tied to Sharon Tate on the other side. He was stabbed and shot. Cause of death: Exsanguination, the victim bled to death.

Abigail Anne Folger: A coffee heiress, a civil rights devotee, volunteer and friend of the Polanski's, Anne was stabbed twenty-eight times.

'Woytek' Frykowski: a close friend of Roman Polanski, and an aspiring novelist, Woytek was shot twice, struck over the head thirteen times and stabbed fifty-one times.

Part One gives a detailed account of the crime scene, the victims and the long wait to list the suspects. This was the crime that shook Hollywood and the world.

Lost Skills of the 19th Century: A practical guide to a variety of useful arts no longer widely known or practiced

Yearn to live in the past, but don't know how to get there?

Lost Skills of the 19th Century is a wide-ranging collection of (mostly) useful arts no longer widely known or practiced, discovered in the pages of long-forgotten classics of Americana like The Practical Distiller, American Artillerist's Companion, The Farmer's Cabinet, The Orphan's Friend and Housekeeper's Assistant, The Ball-room Bijou, A Manual for Attendants in Hospitals for the Insane, The Prairie Traveler, Wilson's Book of Recitations, Practical Hints for Furniture Men, How to Make a Shoe, Skilful Suzy, The White House Cookbook, and dozens of others.

Using detailed original instructions, commentary by the author, and hyperlinks to the full texts, which are instantly accessible in facsimile versions in the online archives, at no cost and without login, you can learn how to:

o Drive a horse-drawn carriage

o Roast a massive bison hump

o Track your enemies across the plains

o Build a sod house

o Refresh yourself with an air bath

o Stop a cattle stampede

o Dance the latest steps from the 1850s

o Amuse friends with tableaux vivants

o Dynamite stumps

o Keep a cow in your backyard

o Vaccinate yourself

And much, much more.

Lost Skills of the 19th Century has valuable tips and information for homesteaders, craftspeople, history enthusiasts, carpenters, historical reenactors, and survivalists - but most of all it's a book to help you travel back in time to a younger and very different America.

Eric Smith has been a carpenter and contractor for over 30 years, and specializes in 19th and early 20th century home renovations. He's also a former home improvement editor at The Family Handyman Magazine, and the editor or author of numerous how-to books and magazine articles.

Civil War Four Pack: Andersonville, Co. Aytch, Army Life in a Black Regiment, Life of General Robert E. Lee

Civil War Four Pack presents four key primary texts for Civil War buffs and historians:

Andersonville - A Story of Rebel Military Prisons - Fifteen months a guest of the so-called Southern Confederacy - A private soldier's experience in Richmond, Andersonville, Savannah, Millen, Blackshear and Florence by John McElroy.

Co. Aytch - A Side Show of the Big Show by Samuel R. Watkins.

Army Life in a Black Regiment by Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

A Life of General Robert E. Lee by John Esten Cooke.

Includes image gallery.

Indigenous Peoples Day

In 1992 Berkeley, California became the first city in the world to officially celebrate October 12 as Indigenous Peoples Day. This book is for people everywhere who want to know more about Indigenous Peoples Day, where it came from, what it's all about, and who want to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day in your part of the world. This is both a documentary history and an oral history, a compilation of how we did it, and a practical manual or guidebook of sorts, with some cautionary tales.

Other U.S. cities and states have since joined, including Seattle, Minneapolis, Denver, Phoenix, Santa Cruz, Sebastopol, Nevada City, Madison, Richmond (CA), Vermont, and Alaska. Indigenous Peoples Day is also celebrated in numerous communities by groups, organizations, schools, tribes, and friends. Indigenous Peoples Day is a fast growing movement. In addition, South Dakota celebrates Native American Day and Hawaii now honors the Polynesian explorers.

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the first Berkeley Indigenous Peoples Day, and the 525th anniversary of the European invasion of the Americas, 1492-2017.

"This book is a treasure, a collective project of both oral and documentary history of a quarter of a century organizing, which continues. Every activist and engaged teacher will find the Berkeley Indigenous Peoples Day book indispensable."

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States.

"Reading this book is like multi-tasking reviewing the past, evaluating the present and planning and plotting for the future. Let this book serve you as you move forward to building a movement of resistance. After you read it, share it with your family and friends. It could change our world!"

Nina Serrano, poet, KPFA radio producer, and participant in the first Indigenous Peoples Day

"This is the first authentic history of Indigenous Peoples Day, a detailed history by those who lived it, and an invaluable "how-to" handbook for other communities who want to do the same. It is a must-read for all indigenous activists."

Nanette Deetz (Dakota, Cherokee) poet, writer, journalist with Bay Area News Group, Native News Online, and Tribal Business Journal.

The Soul of the Indian

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

The Yosemite

Between the Lines: Secret Service Stories Told Fifty Years After

This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections....

The Christmas Angel

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work.This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.