The American Crisis

The American Crisis

Thomas Paine

A pamphlet series originally published during the American Revolution. Paine, like many other politicians and scholars, knew that the Colonists weren’t going to support the American Revolutionary War without proper reason to do so. The pamphlets were written in a language that the common man could understand, and represented Paine’s liberal philosophy. He also used references to God. His writings bolstered the morale…

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American Labor and the War

American Labor and the War

Samuel Gompers

When men were thinking of international peace, secure in the conviction that there could never be another great war, suddenly all of the countries of western Europe were plunged into the most stupendous conflict the world has ever seen. The spirit of civilization had been brooding over the things of the common life, breathing into them an appreciation of the sacredness of human life. Civilization had been laying wise and skillful hands…

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American Notes

American Notes

Rudyard Kipling

An interesting view of America in the 1880’s, as Rudyard Kipling visits and writes of his experiences. A short book with ‘notes’ on Chicago, the American Army and the like, Kipling can’t help hide his snobbery at times. He writes of the Chicago slaughterhouses, American women and men, visits Utah and San Francisco and seems to have a jolly good time doing so.

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The American Prejudice Against Color

The American Prejudice Against Color

William G. Allen

From the Introduction: “Many persons having suggested that it would greatly subserve the Anti-slavery Cause in this country, to present to the public a concise narrative of my recent narrow escape from death, at the hands of an armed mob in America, a mob armed with tar, feathers, poles, and an empty barrel spiked with shingle nails, together with the reasons which induced that mob, I propose to give it…

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The Amish

The Amish

Ammon Monroe Aurand, Jr

With 14 photographs. A pamphlet on the Amish, delving into their mysterious and somewhat quaint ways. Subjects include their dress, their marriage and funeral traditions, where a woman’s place is (in the home or fields, apparently), their religious ceremonies and some other stuff. The last chapter includes 14 photographs with the author’s ‘amusing’ captions placed underneath.

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Biographical Sketches of the Pioneer Preachers of Indiana

Biographical Sketches of the Pioneer Preachers of Indiana

Madison Evans

From the Preface: ‘If the book shall prolong for a single day the remembrance of those holy men—if it shall inspire with fresh courage only one soldier of the cross who is about to falter in the long line of battle—or if it shall in any way contribute to the edification of the saints, and the advancement of the Redeemer’s kingdom, the result will be altogether satisfactory to THE AUTHOR.’ Some dramatic words there. The men he is…

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Black Rebellion

Black Rebellion

Thomas Wentworth Higginson

This book contains five chapters from Higginson’s book “Travellers and Outlaws”. The collection presented here is commonly referred to as ‘Black Rebellion: five slave revolts’.

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