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  • Freedom of Religion by Individual Choice

    by Sarah Carpenter-Vascik
    Lately, we hear more and more about how our Founding Fathers were all Christian, God-fearing men and America is a Christian country. Ministers across the nation proclaim this in sermons and political speeches and politicians continually proclaim it at rallies and events, but is our country really Christian? Was it intended to be? Did the men who founded America and drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights really set out to create a nation by and for Christians, or was our fledgling countr... more
  • The Road to War: Duty & Drill, Courage & Capture

    by Steven Burgauer
    A riveting first-person account of a brave young man caught up in a cataclysmic World War. This is the story of Captain William C. Frodsham, Jr., who — shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor — enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry, where he excelled in basic training, became a junior officer, and eventually led a combat boat team ashore on OMAHA BEACH. Six days later, in French hedgerow country and under withering German fire, Frodsham was wounded and taken prisoner. He spent the next... more
  • CrimeSong: True Crime Stories From Southern Murder Ballads

    by Richard H Underwood
    CrimeSong plunges readers into a world of violence against women, murders, familicide, suicides, brutal mob action, and many examples of a failed justice system. This compelling investigation of the gripping true crimes behind American ballads dispels myths and legends and brings to life a cast of characters—both loathsome and innocent—shadowy history, courtroom dramas, murders, mayhem and music. Although these ballads and stories are set in specific times, cultures, and places, they present ... more
  • Remembering the Ladies

    by Carol Simon Levin
    Designed to make history accessible to everyone from eight to 108-year-olds, this "Not JUST a Coloring Book" tells the story of the struggle for women's political rights through coloring pages and lively brief narratives of 64 courageous & tenacious women.
  • Ancient Wisdoms: Exploring the Mysteries and Connections

    by Gayle Redfern
    It is important to know how our ancestors thought. We will be able to understand our future only if we understand our past first. Mayan Elder Hunbatz Men - Maya Nation " . . . and the people of all colours join to bind what was broken and live in hope". (Waitaha Elder) "It is time to blend and sing a united chorus". (Waitaha Elder) These quotes remind us of the powerful connections between the ancient and modern people. They remind us of similarities between cultures around the globe. Join me an... more
  • The Equine Legacy: How Horses, Mules, and Donkeys Shaped America

    by C. S. Purdy
    The Equine Legacy tells the story of equines as American heroes. From east to west, equines played essential roles in the exploration, settlement, and economic prosperity of America, while serving on the battlefield and entertaining citizens across the country. The book also covers how an equine illness nearly brought the country to a standstill; how horses saved so many people from dreaded diseases; how equines paid the ultimate price to rebuild a major city; the men and women who devoted thei... more
  • But One Husband

    by Luella Pool Saxby
    It is 1849, and Sarah Ann Thirkell is home from boarding school when she spies her father talking with two strangers near the bogs of Yorkshire, England. After her father invites the strangers to dinner, they tell of a prophet who will come to save the world, just as Jesus once did. As Sarah quietly listens, she has no idea that the two missionaries have just changed not only her life, but also the lives of everyone in her family. It is not long before the Thirkells are recruited to become Mormo... more
  • The Great Heist - The Story of the Biggest Bank Robbery in History

    by Jeff McArthur
    On a sunny September morning in 1930, six men entered the Lincoln National Bank in Nebraska's capital city armed with revolvers and Thompson submachine guns. In eight minutes they emerged with more than 2.7 million dollars, the largest take of any bank heist in history. A nationwide search for the bandits would lead Nebraska authorities through the rough, gangland streets of Chicago and East St. Louis, and deep into the heart of the Capone organization. The Great Heist not only chronicles ... more
  • Sketches of a Black Cat: Story of a night flying WWII pilot and artist

    by Ron Miner

    (Available in Full Color or B&W)   Howard Miner was a student at a small Midwestern college when the War broke out. His journey through training and tours of duty as a PBY pilot in the South Pacific are skillfully captured in his art and narratives, framing a wartime drama with a personal coming of age story. This story ~ told in first person, memoir-style ~ has been reconstructed from a small library of unpublished artwork, photos, journal entries... more

  • Outlaws, Rebels, & Vixens: Motion Picture Censorship in Milwaukee, 1914-1971

    by Matthew J. Prigge
    For nearly 60 years, the Milwaukee Motion Picture Commission (MMPC) had the last word on what was suitable for exhibition at local movie theaters. Born of the high ideals of the Progressive Era, the MMPC evolved into one of the nation's strictest censor boards, and kept hundreds of scenes and films from playing in Milwaukee that ran elsewhere with little to no interference. From the bawdy antics of silent-era comedians to the unabashed sexuality of 1960s, the MMPC saw itself as a defender of Mil... more
  • How the Stars Aligned in '69: Historical Context for the Founding of the P.E.O. Sisterhood

    by Sharon S. Atkins
    Most P.E.O .literature regarding its founding begins with stories of several of the “seven founders” being invited to join the newly formed I.C. Sorosis society chapter at Iowa Wesleyan. And, such stories tell us how on Thursday, 21 January 1869, Hattie Briggs and Franc Roads decided upon the formation of a “society of our own.” These stories might lead one to believe that the start of the P.E.O. Sisterhood was practically a form of spontaneous combustion! But, was it really? Could it be that... more
  • The P.E.O. Founders' Scrapbook

    by Sharon S Atkins
    The P.E.O. Founders’ Scrapbook, filled with ephemera such as letters, photos, newspaper and journal articles and even a music score, allows the reader to peek into the lives of the seven founders of P.E.O.: Mary Allen, Alice Bird, Hattie Briggs, Alice Coffin, Suela Pearson, Franc Roads and Ella Stewart as well as their descendants and relations. Encounter what their life was like before, during and after the formation of The P.E.O. Sisterhood. Discover the impact their lives had upon their fa... more
  • Wilber's War (abridged): An American Family's Journey through World War II

    by Hale Bradt
    A father's odyssey. A mother's strength. A son's story. \tWilber's War (abridged) chronicles the story of two ordinary Americans, Wilber and Norma Bradt, during an extraordinary time, World War II. It offers fresh insight--deeply personal --into the historic conflict as it was fought by the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater and by a family on the home front. It is an epic tale of duty, heroism, love, and human frailty. \tBased on a rich trove of wartime letters, Wilber’s War is thoughtfully... more
  • ...and yet they learned - Education of Jewish Children In Nazi Occupied Areas Between 1933-1945

    by Jacqueline Silver
    This book looks at efforts to education Jewish children who lived under Nazi occupation in Europe and North Africa between 1933-1945. This clandestine "schooling" took place in cities, ghettos, concentration camps, orphanages, forests, and hidden in Christian convents, monasteries, and in Moslem homes. This work shows that despite severe restrictions and enormous hardship there were often adults who took responsibility for provided beleaguered children with "schooling" that gave them some sem... more
  • The Protectors: A Photographic History of Police Departments in the United States

    by James A. Bultema
    Police are at the front lines of history as it is being made and these riveting photographs showcase America’s story as it’s unfolding through officers in action. Through the magic of the camera lens, a vanished world lives again and invites the viewer to be part of a moment long ago and partner up with those brave souls who were and are The Protectors of a nation.
  • Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100-Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture

    by Robert L. Wilkins
    In Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100-Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Robert L. Wilkins tells the story of how his curiosity about why there wasn’t a national museum dedicated to African American history and culture became an obsession – eventually leading him to quit his job as an attorney when his wife was seven months pregnant with their second child, and make it his mission to help the museum become a reality. Long Road to Hard Truth chro... more

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