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Every Day Life in the Massachusetts Bay Colony

by George Francis Dow

Comprehensive, reliable account of 17th-century life in one of country's earliest settlements. Contemporary records, over 100 historically valuable pictures vividly describe early dwellings, furnishings, medicinal...


China: A History of the Laws, Manners and Customs of the People

by John Henry Gray

This highly readable history dates from the late 19th century, starting with the earliest known legends of the "Middle Kingdom," and ranging forward to an intriguing series of portraits of the author's Chinese...


The Mind of the Negro As Reflected in Letters During the Crisis 1800-1860

by Carter G. Woodson & Bob Blaisdell

This treasury of hundreds of historically valuable letters features correspondence exchanged by African Americans and abolitionists. Contributors include slaves, freemen, and political and philosophical leaders,...


Ozark Magic and Folklore

by Vance Randolph

Includes eye-opening information on yarb doctors, charms, spells, witches, ghosts, weather magic, crops and livestock, courtship and marriage, pregnancy and childbirth, animals and plants, death and burial,...


Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics

by Terry Golway

“Golway’s revisionist take is a useful reminder of the unmatched ingenuity of American politics.”—Wall Street Journal History casts Tammany Hall as shorthand for the worst of urban politics: graft and...


The History and Art of Personal Combat

by Arthur Wise

A comprehensive illustrated history of classical and historical swordsmanship, this volume details uses of the broadsword, two-hander, and rapier as well as the dagger, bayonet, and halberd.


Captured by the Indians: 15 Firsthand Accounts, 1750-1870

by Frederick Drimmer

Astounding eyewitness accounts of Indian captivity by people who lived to tell the tale. Fifteen true adventures recount suffering and torture, bloody massacres, relentless pursuits, miraculous escapes, and...


School for Barbarians: Education Under the Nazis

by Erika Mann & Thomas Mann

Published in 1938, this well-documented indictment reveals the systematic brainwashing of Germany's youth, involving the alienation of children from parents, promotion of racial superiority, and development...


The Promise of American Life

by Herbert Croly & Franklin Foer

The Promise of American Life is part of the bedrock of American liberalism, a classic that had a spectacular impact on national politics when it was first published in 1909 and that has been recognized ever...


Development Derailed: Calgary and the CPR , 1962-64

by Max Foran

Development Derailed unravels a fascinating story of how politics undermined promise. The text outlines a proposal put forth in 1962 to develop the lands held by the Canadian Pacific Railway in downtown Calgary....


The Samuel May Williams Home: The Life and Neighborhood of an Early Galveston Entrepreneur

by Margaret Swett Henson & Deoloce Parmalee

Built in the winter of 1839-1840, this house, and the Texas pioneer who inhabited it, are the central focus of this thoroughly researched and well-written study of Galveston's merchant elite—Gail Borden, Michel...


A History of Ashton Villa

by Kenneth Hafertepe

This volume tells the story of the stately Italianate Galveston mansion known as Ashton Villa. Built in 1859, Ashton Villa stood out in antebellum Galveston for its extensive use of new materials: brick and...


Texas and the Mexican War: A History and a Guide

by Charles M. Robinson

Written for both the specialist and the casual reader, Texas and the Mexican War discusses the pivotal role Texas played in the Mexican War, battles fought on Texas soil, and the contributions—for better or...


Fort Lancaster: Texas Frontier Sentinel

by Lawrence J. Francell

Today Fort Lancaster sits as a ghostly ruin in west Texas, far removed from any major highway. However, this frontier post once played a major role in the protection of the primary southern route to California...


Dallas: A History of Big D

by Michael V. Hazel

Dallas first grabbed the national imagination in 1936 when it hosted the Texas Centennial Exposition. Since then, the fascination with “Big D” has seldom flagged. If the assassination of President Kennedy...


Remember Goliad!: A History of La Bahía

by Craig H. Roell

When Sam Houston's revolutionary soldiers won the Battle of San Jacinto and secured independence for Texas, their battle cry was "Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!" Everyone knows about the Alamo, but far...


A History of the French Legation in Texas

by Kenneth Hafertepe

This readable and thoroughly documented volume relates the fascinating story of the French Legation in Austin. The oldest house in the city, it was built in 1840-1841 as the residence of the French chargé d'affaires...


Ima Hogg: The Governor's Daughter

by Virginia Bernhard

Texas legend has it that James Stephen Hogg, Governor of Texas from 1890 to 1894, named his daughters Ima and Ura, but that is only half-true: there never was a Ura. Ima had three brothers, Will, Mike, and Tom....


Fort Worth: A Texas Original!

by Richard F. Selcer

Fort Worth has been called "the City Where the West Begins," "Cowtown," and the silent partner in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. None of these descriptions quite tells the story of this city and its people....


McKinney Falls: The Ranch Home of Thomas F. McKinney, Pioneer Texas Entrepreneur

by Margaret Swett Henson

McKinney Falls State Park, which lies across the Colorado River from Austin, is the 672-acre center of a 40,000 acre tract where Texas pioneer Thomas Freeman McKinney established his ranch. This carefully researched...