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Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow

Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow
  • Author : Dee Brown
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-10-23
  • Total pages :312
  • ISBN : 9781453274200
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Summary : “A fascinating story” of the railways that linked America from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (The Washington Post). Hear that Lonesome Whistle Blow unspools the history of the beginnings of the American railroad system. By the mid-nineteenth century, settlers in Missouri and California were separated by a vast landscape that dwarfed and isolated them, conquerable only by “the demonic power of the Iron Horse and its bands of iron track.” Although the building of the great railroad is commonly known as a story of romance, adventure, and progress, it also has a dark side, as profiteers decimated American Indian tribes, exploited workers, and destroyed ecosystems. Despite this, by the turn of the twentieth century, five major railroads would span the continent. This account vividly illustrates the railroad builders’ breathtaking skill, ambition, and ingenuity. . Brown compellingly tells a high-stakes tale, an exhilarating history that still holds lessons for today. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dee Brown including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

The American West

The American West
  • Author : Robert V. Hine,John Mack Faragher
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2000-01-01
  • Total pages :616
  • ISBN : 0300078358
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Summary : Two eminent historians, Robert V. Hine and John Mack Faragher, present the American West as both frontier and region, real and imagined, old and new, and they show how men and women of all ethnic groups were affected when different cultures met and clashed. Their concise and engaging survey of frontier history traces the story from the first Columbian contacts between Indians and Europeans to the multicultural encounters of the modern Southwest. The book attunes us to the voices of the frontier's many diverse peoples: Indians, struggling to defend their homelands and searching for a way to live with colonialism; the men and women who became immigrants and colonists from all over the world; African Americans, both slave and free; and borderland migrants from Mexico, Canada, and Asian lands. Profusely illustrated with contemporary drawings, posters, and photographs and written in lively and accessible prose, the book not only presents a panoramic view of historical events and characters but also provides fascinating details about such topics as western landscapes, environmental movements, literature, visual arts, and film. Following in the tradition of Hine's earlier acclaimed work, The American West: An Interpretive History, this volume will be an essential resource for scholars, students, and general readers.

Folksinger's Wordbook

Folksinger's Wordbook
  • Author : Oak Publications
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1973-01-01
  • Total pages :432
  • ISBN : 9781783234608
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Summary : A first-rate collection of words to more than 1,000 songs, loosely categorised as folk songs...grouped by general themes and indexed by title. Lyrics and guitar chords.

Diverging Tracks

Diverging Tracks
  • Author : Trevor K. Snowdon
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2018-12-18
  • Total pages :305
  • ISBN : 9781476671543
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Summary : The advent of mass railroad travel in the 1800s saw the extension of a system of global transport that developed various national styles of construction, operation, administration, and passenger experiences. Drawing on travel narratives and a broad range of other contemporary sources, this history contrasts the railroad cultures of 19th century England and America, with a focus on the differing social structures and value systems of each nation, and how the railroad fit into the wider industrial landscape.

The Incredible Transcontinental Railroad

The Incredible Transcontinental Railroad
  • Author : R. Conrad Stein
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-01-01
  • Total pages :128
  • ISBN : 0766039560
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Summary : "Learn about the construction project that once seemed to be a fool's dream became a reality, and how the railroads developed the West"--Provided by publisher.

A Treasury of Railroad Folklore

A Treasury of Railroad Folklore
  • Author : Benjamin Albert Botkin,Alvin Fay Harlow
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1953
  • Total pages :530
  • ISBN : IND:39000005916932
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Locomotive

Locomotive
  • Author : Brian Floca
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-09-03
  • Total pages :64
  • ISBN : 9781442485228
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Summary : The Caldecott Medal Winner, Sibert Honor Book, and New York Times bestseller Locomotive is a rich and detailed sensory exploration of America’s early railroads, from the creator of the “stunning” (Booklist) Moonshot. It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with descriptive details of the journey: the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean. Come sit inside the caboose, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country!

The Hank Williams Reader

The Hank Williams Reader
  • Author : Patrick Huber,Steve Goodson,David Anderson
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-01-31
  • Total pages :400
  • ISBN : 9780199349890
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Summary : When Hank Williams died on New Year's Day 1953 at the age of twenty-nine, his passing appeared to bring an abrupt end to a saga of rags-to-riches success and anguished self-destruction. As it turned out, however, an equally gripping story was only just beginning, as Williams's meteoric rise to stardom, extraordinary musical achievements, turbulent personal life, and mysterious death all combined to make him an endlessly intriguing historical figure. For more than sixty years, an ever-lengthening parade of journalists, family and friends, musical contemporaries, biographers, historians and scholars, ordinary fans, and novelists have attempted to capture in words the man, the artist, and the legend. The Hank Williams Reader, the first book of its kind devoted to this giant of American music, collects more than sixty of the most compelling, insightful, and historically significant of these writings. Among them are many pieces that have never been reprinted or that are published here for the first time. The selections cover a broad assortment of themes and perspectives, ranging from heartfelt reminiscences by Williams's relatives and shocking tabloid exposés to thoughtful meditations by fellow artists and penetrating essays by prominent scholars and critics. Over time, writers have sought to explain Williams in a variety of ways, and in tracing these shifting interpretations, this anthology chronicles his cultural transfiguration from star-crossed hillbilly singer-songwriter to enduring American icon. The Hank Williams Reader also features a lengthy interpretive introduction and the most extensive bibliography of Williams-related writings ever published.

The Railroad in American Fiction

The Railroad in American Fiction
  • Author : Grant Burns
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-01-28
  • Total pages :292
  • ISBN : 9781476606989
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Summary : Nothing better represented the early spirit of American expansion than the railroad. Dominant in daily life as well as in the popular imagination, the railroad appealed strongly to creative writers. For many years, fiction of railroad life and travel was plentiful and varied. As the nineteenth century receded, the railroad's allure faded, as did railroad fiction. Today, it is hard to sense what the railroad once meant to Americans. The fiction of the railroad—often by railroaders themselves—recaptures that sense, and provides valuable insights on American cultural history. This extensively annotated bibliography lists and discusses in 956 entries novels and short stories from the 1840s to the present in which the railroad is important. Each entry includes plot and character description to help the reader make an informed decision on the source's merit. A detailed introduction discusses the history of railroad fiction and highlights common themes such as strikes, hoboes, and the roles of women and African-Americans. Such writers of “pure” railroad fiction as Harry Bedwell, Frank Packard, and Cy Warman are well represented, along with such literary artists as Mark Twain, Thomas Wolfe, Flannery O’Connor, and Ellen Glasgow. Work by minority writers, including Jean Toomer, Richard Wright, Frank Chin, and Toni Morrison, also receives close attention. An appendix organizes entries by decade of publication, and the work is indexed by subject and title.

Touch and Go

Touch and Go
  • Author : Studs Terkel
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2008-10-01
  • Total pages :291
  • ISBN : 9781595585875
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Summary : This memoir by the oral historian and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Good War is “a masterpiece about a life which itself is a sort of masterpiece” (Oliver Sacks). Chosen as a Best Book of the Year in 2007 by the Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly, and Playboy, Studs Terkel’s memoir Touch and Go is “history from a highly personal point of view, by one who has helped make it” (Kirkus Reviews). Terkel takes us through his childhood and into his early experiences—as a law student during the Depression, and later as an actor on both radio and the stage—offering a brilliant and often hilarious portrait of Chicago in the 1920s and ’30s. Describing his beginnings as a disc jockey after World War II, his involvement with progressive politics during the McCarthy era, as well as his career as an interviewer and oral historian, Touch and Go is a testament to Terkel’s “generosity of spirit, sense of social justice and commitment to capture on his ever present tape recorder the voices of those who otherwise would not be heard” (The New York Times Book Review). It is a brilliant lifetime achievement from the man the Washington Post has called “the most distinguished oral historian of our time.” “The master storyteller tells his own story, as no one else can, irresistibly.” —Garry Wills

Hollywood's White House

Hollywood's White House
  • Author : Peter C. Rollins,John E. O'Connor
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2010-09-12
  • Total pages :464
  • ISBN : 9780813127927
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Summary : " Winner of the 2003 Ray and Pat Browne Book Award, given by the Popular Culture Association The contributors to Hollywood’s White House examine the historical accuracy of these presidential depictions, illuminate their influence, and uncover how they reflect the concerns of their times and the social and political visions of the filmmakers. The volume, which includes a comprehensive filmography and a bibliography, is ideal for historians and film enthusiasts.

Folk Song: U.S.A.

Folk Song: U.S.A.
  • Author : John Avery Lomax,Alan Lomax,Charles Seeger,Ruth Crawford Seeger
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1947
  • Total pages :407
  • ISBN : IND:39000005921635
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Hear America Sing

Hear America Sing
  • Author : Earl Martin Pedersen
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1990
  • Total pages :324
  • ISBN : UCSD:31822037138500
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The Era of Industrial Growth and Foreign Expansion

The Era of Industrial Growth and Foreign Expansion
  • Author : Kathy Sammis
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2000
  • Total pages :120
  • ISBN : 0825138787
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Summary : Reproducible student activities cover colonial experiences, including interaction with Native Americans, family and social life, the beginnings of slavery, and the seeds democracy.

Which Way to the Wild West?

Which Way to the Wild West?
  • Author : Steve Sheinkin
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2010-07-06
  • Total pages :272
  • ISBN : 9781429964968
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Summary : History--with the good bits put back. Discover the drama, discoveries, dirty deeds and derring-do that won the American West. With a storyteller's voice and attention to the details that make history real and interesting, Steve Sheinkin's Which Way to the Wild West? delivers America's greatest adventure. From the Louisiana Purchase (remember: if you're negotiating a treaty for your country, play it cool.) to the gold rush (there were only three ways to get to California--all of them bad) to the life of the cowboy, the Indian wars, and the everyday happenings that defined living on the frontier.

Railroads Triumphant

Railroads Triumphant
  • Author : Albro Martin
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1992-01-02
  • Total pages :448
  • ISBN : 0199874263
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Summary : In 1789, when the First Congress met in New York City, the members traveled to the capital just as Roman senators two thousand years earlier had journeyed to Rome, by horse, at a pace of some five miles an hour. Indeed, if sea travel had improved dramatically since Caesar's time, overland travel was still so slow, painful, and expensive that most Americans lived all but rooted to the spot, with few people settling more than a hundred miles from the ocean (a mere two percent lived west of the Appalachians). America in effect was just a thin ribbon of land by the sea, and it wasn't until the coming of the steam railroad that our nation would unfurl across the vast inland territory. In Railroads Triumphant, Albro Martin provides a fascinating history of rail transportation in America, moving well beyond the "Romance of the Rails" sort of narrative to give readers a real sense of the railroad's importance to our country. The railroad, Martin argues, was "the most fundamental innovation in American material life." It could go wherever rails could be laid--and so, for the first time, farms, industries, and towns could leave natural waterways behind and locate anywhere. (As Martin points out, the railroads created small-town America just as surely as the automobile created the suburbs.) The railroad was our first major industry, and it made possible or promoted the growth of all other industries, among them coal, steel, flour milling, and commercial farming. It established such major cities as Chicago, and had a lasting impact on urban design. And it worked hand in hand with the telegraph industry to transform communication. Indeed, the railroads were the NASA of the 19th century, attracting the finest minds in finance, engineering, and law. But Martin doesn't merely catalogue the past greatness of the railroad. In closing with the episodes that led first to destructive government regulation, and then to deregulation of the railroads and the ensuing triumphant rebirth of the nation's basic means of moving goods from one place to another, Railroads Triumphant offers an impassioned defense of their enduring importance to American economic life. And it is a book informed by a lifelong love of railroads, brimming with vivid descriptions of classic depots, lavish hotels in Chicago, the great railroad founders, and the famous lines. Thoughtful and colorful by turn, this insightful history illuminates the impact of the railroad on our lives.

James J. Hill

James J. Hill
  • Author : Michael P. Malone
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-06-14
  • Total pages :320
  • ISBN : 9780806187716
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Summary : In this volume, Michael P. Malone provides a succinct interpretive biography of James J. Hill, the "Empire Builder"-so called for his work in developing the region of the United States between the Great Lakes and the Pacific Northwest. Malone explores Hill’s complex life and personality, his activities and interests, and recreates both the story of the railroad race to the Pacific and the complex interactions involved in the development of the region. "Michael Malone has written a model. . . .interpretative biography of James J. Hill. He has drawn on the research of others, published and unpublished, as he says, but also on his own knowledge of American economic development in Hill’s time as a leading historian of mining and of a state in whose development Hill’s railroads were major factors." -Earl Pomeroy, Professor of History, Retired, University of Oregon and University of California, San Diego

Jay Cooke's Gamble

Jay Cooke's Gamble
  • Author : M. John Lubetkin
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-04-23
  • Total pages :400
  • ISBN : 9780806145037
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Summary : In 1869, Jay Cooke, the brilliant but idiosyncratic American banker, decided to finance the Northern Pacific, a transcontinental railroad planned from Duluth, Minnesota, to Seattle. M. John Lubetkin tells how Cooke’s gamble reignited war with the Sioux, rescued George Armstrong Custer from obscurity, created Yellowstone Park, pushed frontier settlement four hundred miles westward, and triggered the Panic of 1873. Staking his reputation and wealth on the Northern Pacific, Cooke was soon whipsawed by the railroad’s mismanagement, questionable contracts, and construction problems. Financier J. P. Morgan undermined him, and the Crédit Mobilier scandal ended congressional support. When railroad surveyors and army escorts ignored Sioux chief Sitting Bull’s warning not to enter the Yellowstone Valley, Indian attacks—combined with alcoholic commanders—led to embarrassing setbacks on the field, in the nation’s press, and among investors. Lubetkin’s suspenseful narrative describes events played out from Wall Street to the Yellowstone and vividly portrays the soldiers, engineers, businessmen, politicians, and Native Americans who tried to build or block the Northern Pacific.

The Galvanized Yankees

The Galvanized Yankees
  • Author : Dee Brown
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-10-23
  • Total pages :244
  • ISBN : 9781453274170
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Summary : The little-known true Civil War story of the Confederate soldiers who served in the Union Army by a #1 New York Times–bestselling author. Historian Dee Brown uncovers an exciting episode in American history: During the Civil War, a group of Confederate soldiers opted to assist the Union Army rather than endure the grim conditions of POW camps. Regiments containing former Confederates were not trusted to go into battle against their former comrades, and instead were sent to the West as “outpost guardians,” where they performed frontier duties, including escorting supply trains, rebuilding telegraph lines, and quelling uprisings from regional American Indian tribes, which were sweeping across the Plains. This is an account of an extraordinary, though often overlooked, group of men who served in unexpected ways at a pivotal moment in the nation’s history. From the bestselling author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, The Galvanized Yankees is “an accurate, interesting, and sometimes thrilling account of an unusual group of men [and] a fresh and informative study of the Old West in transition from frontier to stable society” (The New York Times Book Review). This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dee Brown including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Killdeer Mountain

Killdeer Mountain
  • Author : Dee Brown
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-10-23
  • Total pages :252
  • ISBN : 9781453274286
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Summary : An intrepid reporter’s investigation into the death of a controversial major reveals a surprising story of betrayal and redemption It is 1866, and Sam Morrison, reporter for the St. Louis Herald, is aboard a steamer bound for Fort Standish off the coast of Massachusetts, determined to solve a mystery. The fort is about to be renamed in honor of Charles Rawley, a major who recently died in a fire while trying to prevent the escape of a captured Sioux chief. But just who was Rawley? Morrison is told a dizzying host of tales about the man—some call him a despot but others describe him as a martyr. He was a man all too willing to execute a deserter, but one who would spur his troops to do the utmost to ensure the safety of women and children. As the investigation unfolds, Morrison doesn’t know which stories to believe—especially when it comes to the truth about Rawley’s death. Thrilling and wily, Killdeer Mountain is a deft triumph of historical fiction. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dee Brown including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Folk Song U.S.A.

Folk Song U.S.A.
  • Author : Alan Lomax
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1966
  • Total pages :512
  • ISBN : UCSC:32106014421645
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