Author: John Bach McMaster
Publisher: VM eBooks
Release Date: 2016-07-07
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
It is not too much to assert that most of our countrymen acquire at school all the knowledge they possess of the past history of their country. In view of this fact it is most desirable that a history of the United States for elementary schools should present not only the essential features of our country's progress which all should learn, but also many things of secondary consequence which it is well for every young American to know. In this book the text proper consists of the essentials, and these are told in as few words as truth and fairness will permit. The notes, which form a large part of the book, include the matters of less fundamental importance: they may be included in the required lessons, or may be omitted, as the teacher thinks proper; however, they should at least be read. Some of the notes are outline biographies of men whose acts require mention in the text and who ought not to be mere names, nor appear suddenly without any statement of their earlier careers. Others are intended to be fuller statements of important events briefly described or narrated in the text, or relate to interesting events that are of only secondary importance. Still others call attention to the treatment of historical personages or events by our poets and novelists, or suggest passages in standard histories that may be read with profit. Such suggested readings have been chosen mostly from books that are likely to be found in all school libraries.
Author: David Dean Bowlby
Publisher: Lexington Books
Release Date: 2013-04-01
Genre: Political Science
In this well-researched, informative history, David Dean Bowlby examines church and state in the American colonies and the early national period up to the framing of the religion clauses of the First Amendment by the First Congress. Bowlby describes the history of the church and state up to that time as one involving the struggle of religious minorities against church establishments, with increasingly vocal calls for the free exercise of religion, liberty of conscience, and disestablishment. He shows that when the religion clauses were framed, people feared that the establishment of religion would lead to the domination of one particular denomination or sect, resulting in compulsory church taxes, obligatory attendance at religious services, and adherence to orthodox doctrines and liturgy. By focusing on the relationship between religious establishments and free exercise, he makes the case that the establishment clause and free exercise of religion must be taken together as a guarantee of religious liberty, because where a religious establishment was present the full and free exercise of religion was not. It was this concern that prompted the prohibitive language of the clauses—the Founders meant to protect the latter by forbidding the former.
In her timely contribution to revisionist approaches in modernist studies, Lorraine Sim offers a reading of Virginia Woolf's conception of ordinary experience as revealed in her fiction and nonfiction. Contending that Woolf's representations of everyday life both acknowledge and provide a challenge to characterizations of daily life as mundane, Sim shows how Woolf explores the potential of everyday experience as a site of personal meaning, social understanding, and ethical value. Sim's argument develops through readings of Woolf's literary representations of a subject's engagement with ordinary things like a mark on the wall, a table, or colour; Woolf's accounts of experiences that are both common and extraordinary such as physical pain or epiphanic 'moments of being'; and Woolf's analysis of the effect of new technologies, for example, motor-cars and the cinema, on contemporary understandings of the external world. Throughout, Sim places Woolf's views in the context of the philosophical and lay accounts of ordinary experience that dominated the cultural thought of her time. These include British Empiricism, Romanticism, Platonic thought and Post-Impressionism. In addition to drawing on the major novels, particularly The Voyage Out, Mrs. Dalloway, and To the Lighthouse, Sim focuses close attention on short stories such as 'The Mark on the Wall', 'Solid Objects', and 'Blue & Green'; nonfiction works, including 'On Being Ill', 'Evening over Sussex: Reflections in a Motor-car', and 'A Sketch of the Past'; and Woolf's diaries. Sim concludes with an account of Woolf's ontology of the ordinary, which illuminates the role of the everyday in Woolf's ethics.
Author: Sir John Randolph
Publisher: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.
Release Date: 2005-01-01
Randolph, Sir John, and Barradall, Edward, Reporters. Barton, R.T., Editor. Virginia Colonial Decisions: The Reports of Decisions of the General Court of Virginia 1728-1741. Edited, with Historical Introduction. Boston: the Boston Book Company, 1909. Two volumes. xxviii, 250, 118; 394 pp. Frontispiece. Reprint available March 2005 by the Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN 1-58477-510-6. Cloth. $175. * These volumes contain all of the decided cases of colonial Virginia's chief court reported by Randolph [c.1693-1737] and Barradall [1704-1743]. Excepting a few cases reported later by Thomas Jefferson and William Hopkins, these are all of the cases reported during the colonial period. Invaluable sources for the early history of American law, Barton commends these reports for "the picture they give of [Virginia's] colonial period in all its shades and aspects" and their ability to "make the observer see what the more detailed narrative of history fails to tell" (Preface iv). This set is further enriched by Barton's 250-page introduction, which outlines the legal system of colonial Virginia and sets the reports in their social context.
"Lost in the District, Lost in the Federal Territory" relates the facts about Doctor David Ross of Bladensburg, his family life, his business and political connections, and his efforts to develop a productive iron mine along the upper Potomac River on lower Antietam Creek in Washington County, Maryland. Through his diligence and the skills of his close relatives, Dr. Ross was in a position to recommend the taking up of arms against Great Britain to his river neighbors of the Committee of Correspondence. His son was later appointed to serve briefly as one of the first auditors for the newly formed District of Columbia. His nephew by marriage, James Maccubbin Lingan, a victim of the Baltimore Riot of July 28, 1812, was one of the first group of leaders who set Georgetown, Maryland (and later D.C.), on its course to greatness as a deep water port. He remains the only veteran of the American Revolutionary War to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Author: Elmer Isaiah Miller
Publisher: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.
Release Date: 2007-01-01
Miller, Elmer I. The Legislature of the Province of Virginia. Its Internal Development. New York: The Columbia University Press, 1907. 182 pp. Reprint available March, 2005 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. 1-58477-504-1. Cloth. $70. * Miller offers a fascinating case that "the Virginia colony was a good illustration of the vigorous assertion of the Anglo-Saxon spirit of self-rule and adaptation to environment. The long conflict between government by appointees of a distant power, and government by representatives chosen by the people themselves, ending as it did in victory for the people, shows that among English people in Virginia at least the principle of representative government was stronger than absolutism." . Tracing the evolution of the colony from its first colonial charters to the outset of the Revolution, this work is notable both for its breadth of sources and its quaint, if altogether too common, nod to the Social Darwinist influences then so evident in the academy. Originally published in the series Studies in History, Economics and Public Law published by the Political Science faculty of Columbia University.
Author: John C. Campbell
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Release Date: 2004-02-01
" In 1908 John C. Campbell was commissioned by the Russell Sage Foundation to conduct a survey of conditions in Appalachia and the aid work being done in these areas to create "the central repository of data concerning conditions in the mountains to which workers in the field might turn." Originally published in 1921, The Southern Highlander and His Homeland details Campbell's experiences and findings during his travels in the region, observing unique aspects of mountain communities such as their religion, family life, and forms of entertainment. Campbell's landmark work paved the way for folk schools, agricultural cooperatives, handicraft guilds, the frontier nursing service, better roads, and a sense of pride in mountain life -- the very roots of Appalachian preservation.
Author: Carl Holliday
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Release Date: 2012-12-03
Classic study suggests that, in spite of hardships, many American colonial women led rich, fulfilling lives. Thoughtfully written, well-documented account explores daily lives of women in New England and Southern colonies.