The Beast

The Beast

Author: Benjamin B. Lindsey,Harvey J. O'Higgins

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

ISBN: 9780870819827

Page: 354

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Judge Benjamin Barr Lindsey’s exposé of big business’s influence on Colorado and Denver politics, a best seller when it was originally published in 1911, is now back in print. The Beast reveals the plight of working-class Denver citizens—in particular those Denver youths who ended up in Lindsey’s court day after day. These encounters led him to create the juvenile court, one of the first courts in the country set up to deal specifically with young delinquents. In addition, Lindsey exposes the darker side of many well-known figures in Colorado history, including Mayor Robert W. Speer, Governor Henry Augustus Buchtel, Will Evans, and many others. When first published, The Beast was considered every bit the equal Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and sold over 500,000 copies. More than just a fascinating slice of Denver history, this book—and Lindsey’s court— offered widespread social change in the United States.
Categories: History

Lumps of Coal and Paradise

Hurts, Humor and Hallelujahs

Lumps of Coal and Paradise

Author: Sara E. Rising

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477111751

Page: 191

View: 7844

Words flow through my mind as water trickles over stones in a stream. Poems come to me, not over time, but in a flash. They must be written down quickly before they vanish forever. These are the ones I was able to capture. Enjoy!
Categories: Poetry

Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming

Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698195701

Page: 336

View: 1926

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature A New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson, the acclaimed author of Another Brooklyn, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become. A National Book Award Winner A Newbery Honor Book A Coretta Scott King Award Winner Praise for Jacqueline Woodson: Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story . . . but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery.”—The New York Times Book Review
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

Cabins in the Laurel

Cabins in the Laurel

Author: Muriel Earley Sheppard

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469620774

Page: 302

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In 1928 New York native Muriel Earley Sheppard moved with her mining engineer husband to the Toe River Valley -- an isolated pocket in North Carolina between the Blue Ridge and Iron Mountains. Sheppard began visiting her neighbors and forming friendships in remote coves and rocky clearings, and in 1935 her account of life in the mountains -- Cabins in the Laurel -- was published. The book included 128 striking photographs by the well-known Chapel Hill photographer, Bayard Wootten, a frequent visitor to the area. The early reviews of Cabins in the Laurel were overwhelmingly positive, but the mountain people -- Sheppard's friends and subjects -- initially felt that she had portrayed them as too old-fashioned, even backward. As novelist John Ehle shows in his foreword, though, fifty years have made a huge difference, and the people of the Toe River Valley have been among its most affectionate readers. This new large-format edition, which makes use of many of Wootten's original negatives, will introduce Sheppard's words and Wootten's photography to a whole new generation of readers -- in the Valley and beyond.
Categories: History

The Mitts Paragon

The life and times of the Mitts family that set the standard for future generations.

The Mitts Paragon

Author: Billy Wayne Norton Sr.

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1452044139

Page: 124

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The Mitts Paragon is a story, based on facts, about the Mitts family in rural southwest Arkansas during the 1920's and 1930's. At a time when the entire nation was struggling to survive through the Great Flood of 1927, the Great Depression beginning in 1929, and the Dust Bowl of the 1930's, The Mitts Paragon details a few of the trials and hardships the family endured and their conviction to do what was right, even in the face of adversity, when other people might have conceded defeat. It tells of the simple, treasured moments they embraced, rich with frequent laughter which seemed to knit the family closer together when other families were unraveling. It tells how both the trials and treasures strengthened and enhanced their moral character. Their strength of character grew when hard work, truth, honesty, and fairness failed to provide another's basic needs. It continues from one family's natural aging and decline to the building of a new, younger family that will continue to bear the torch.
Categories: Fiction

The Lost Country

The Lost Country

Author: J. R. Salamanca

Publisher: Tantor eBooks

ISBN: 1618030264

Page: N.A

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The "lost country" is the familiar country of innocence and security known as youth—a country we have all known and which, occasionally, in a book like this one, we are able to rediscover. J. R. Salamanca's The Lost Country is the story of a boy, Jim Blackstarr, who grows up on a farm in Virginia. As a child, he delights in the beauty that surrounds him: the rivers and hills and trees, the seasons of the year, all the shapes and textures and patterns of his world. But, as he grows older, he makes other discoveries. He experiences brutality, passion, fear, and shame. These experiences destroy the simplicity of his early relationships; they complicate and darken his later ones. Ultimately, they drive him—as they drive all men—out of, and away from, the country of his youth.
Categories: Fiction

The Kentucky Anthology

Two Hundred Years of Writing in the Bluegrass State

The Kentucky Anthology

Author: Wade Hall

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813128994

Page: 896

View: 1978

Long before the official establishment of the Commonwealth, intrepid pioneers ventured west of the Allegheny Mountains into an expansive, alluring wilderness that they began to call Kentucky. After blazing trails, clearing plots, and surviving innumerable challenges, a few adventurers found time to pen celebratory tributes to their new homeland. In the two centuries that followed, many of the world’s finest writers, both native Kentuckians and visitors, have paid homage to the Bluegrass State with the written word. In The Kentucky Anthology, acclaimed author and literary historian Wade Hall has assembled an unprecedented and comprehensive compilation of writings pertaining to Kentucky and its land, people, and culture. Hall’s introductions to each author frame both popular and lesser-known selections in a historical context. He examines the major cultural and political developments in the history of the Commonwealth, finding both parallels and marked distinctions between Kentucky and the rest of the United States. While honoring the heritage of Kentucky in all its glory, Hall does not blithely turn away from the state’s most troubling episodes and institutions such as racism, slavery, and war. Hall also builds the argument, bolstered by the strength and significance of the collected writings, that Kentucky’s best writers compare favorably with the finest in the world. Many of the authors presented here remain universally renowned and beloved, while others have faded into the tides of time, waiting for rediscovery. Together, they guide the reader on a literary tour of Kentucky, from the mines to the rivers and from the deepest hollows to the highest peaks. The Kentucky Anthology traces the interests and aspirations, the achievements and failures and the comedies and tragedies that have filled the lives of generations of Kentuckians. These diaries, letters, speeches, essays, poems, and stories bring history brilliantly to life. Jesse Stuart once wrote, “If these United States can be called a body, Kentucky can be called its heart.” The Kentucky Anthology captures the rhythm and spirit of that heart in the words of its most remarkable chroniclers.
Categories: Literary Collections

A Handyman for the Heart

Can Stephanie Learn to Follow God's Plan When It Isn't Her Own?

A Handyman for the Heart

Author: Beth Sulmer-Sirois,Thomas-john Veilleux

Publisher: Tate Publishing

ISBN: 1602479216

Page: 189

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Although she found it in her heart to resist his temptation, a series of unexpected circumstances result in her life taking a different turn. As a budding young professional woman, she quickly finds herself managing her parents' construction company where Russell's father is also a part owner. Stephanie and Russell clash professionally and personally in their personal struggles to find their way in life and understand what God's plan is for both of them. Stephanie knows that God has a plan for her, but will she be able to follow it?
Categories: Fiction

Love, Stargirl

Love, Stargirl

Author: Jerry Spinelli

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0375890815

Page: 312

View: 8615

The New York Times bestselling sequel to Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli’s modern-day classic Stargirl! Love, Stargirl picks up a year after Stargirl ends and reveals the new life of the beloved character who moved away so suddenly at the end of Stargirl. The novel takes the form of "the world's longest letter," in diary form, going from date to date through a little more than a year's time. In her writing, Stargirl mixes memories of her bittersweet time in Mica, Arizona, with involvements with new people in her life. In Love, Stargirl, we hear the voice of Stargirl herself as she reflects on time, life, Leo, and - of course - love. Don’t miss Jerry Spinelli’s latest novel, The Warden’s Daughter, about another girl who can't help but stand out. “Spinelli is a poet of the prepubescent. . . . No writer guides his young characters, and his readers, past these pitfalls and challenges and toward their futures with more compassion.” —The New York Times
Categories: Young Adult Fiction

The Spiritual-Industrial Complex

America's Religious Battle against Communism in the Early Cold War

The Spiritual-Industrial Complex

Author: Jonathan P. Herzog

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199832013

Page: 288

View: 2160

In his farewell address, Dwight D. Eisenhower warned the nation of the perils of the military-industrial complex. But as Jonathan Herzog shows in this insightful history, Eisenhower had spent his presidency contributing to another, lesser known, Cold War collaboration: the spiritual-industrial complex. This fascinating volume shows that American leaders in the early Cold War years considered the conflict to be profoundly religious; they saw Communism not only as godless but also as a sinister form of religion. Fighting faith with faith, they deliberately used religious beliefs and institutions as part of the plan to defeat the Soviet enemy. Herzog offers an illuminating account of the resultant spiritual-industrial complex, chronicling the rhetoric, the programs, and the policies that became its hallmarks. He shows that well-known actions like the addition of the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance were a small part of a much larger and relatively unexplored program that promoted religion nationwide. Herzog shows how these efforts played out in areas of American life both predictable and unexpected--from pulpits and presidential appeals to national faith drives, military training barracks, public school classrooms, and Hollywood epics. Millions of Americans were bombarded with the message that the religious could not be Communists, just a short step from the all-too-common conclusion that the irreligious could not be true Americans. Though the spiritual-industrial complex declined in the 1960s, its statutes, monuments, and sentiments live on as bulwarks against secularism and as reminders that the nation rests upon the groundwork of religious faith. They continue to serve as valuable allies for those defending the place of religion in American life.
Categories: History