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In this book, Handfuls of History: Stories About Florida's Past, Dr. Milanich discusses pre-Columbian Florida, Colonial Period people and events, and the nineteenth century shipwreck of the steamship City of Vera Cruz. Dr. Milanich explores the origins of archaeology in Florida with Clarence B. Moore, and offers advice to future archaeologists. He may even stir up some controversy as he questions the authenticity of the Miami Circle. Written in an engaging and conversational style, Handfuls of History: Stories about Florida's Past is accessible to the general public as well as professional historians and archaeologists.
Three wars fought and lost, thousands dead, and still the Timucuan and Apalachee Indians of La Florida suffer under the cruel domination of 17th century Spanish tyrants. Fifty Catholic missions stretch to the north from San Augustin, and westward to the rich fields of Apalachee corn. A dark shadow falls across the land as musket-bearing Yamassee and Chisca and renegade cimarrones, at the behest of their English masters, terrorize the missions and villages, murdering Indians and priests, burning churches and taking women and children to feed the slave market at Charles Town. The Indians face a terrible choice: To defend their oppressors with their blood, or to submit to the destruction of their villages and risk the slavery and death that presses in on all sides. The year is 1704. Great European powers contest each other for dominance, with the Indians of La Florida standing in the line of fire. The destiny of the North American continent hangs in the balance, awaiting their decision.
While secular support for capital punishment in America seems to be waning, religious conservatives, particularly in the "Bible belt," remain staunch advocates of the death penalty, citing biblical law and practice to defend government-sanctioned killing. Dale S. Recinella compares biblical teaching about the death penalty, including such passages as "eye for eye, tooth for tooth, life for life," with the nation's current system of capital punishment, and offers persuasive arguments for a faith-based moratorium on -- and eventual abolition of -- executions. Framing his careful and incisive analysis as a legal brief to those who believe the Bible mandates the ultimate punishment, the author addresses two critical areas of inquiry: what do the scriptures tell us about who is deserving of death and who has the authority to kill, and what do they tell us about the required standards for execution and the plight of victims' families. Recinella's examination of the Hebrew Torah, or Christian Pentateuch, and the Talmud reveals that the biblical death penalty was not a simple system of swift retribution, but a complex and practical set of laws that guided capital courts established under the Sanhedrin. His scrutiny of these texts, the Christian doctrine of atonement, and Romans 13 in the Pauline Epistles, draws parallels between the traditional biblical arguments used in favor of capital punishment and those used as the basis for pro-slavery positions in the nineteenth century. Demonstrating that both approaches are unsubstantiated in biblical terms, Recinella debunks the accepted religious reasoning for support of the death penalty and shows instead that the Bible's strict conditions for sanctioning execution are at odds with the arbitrary ways in which capital punishment is administered in the United States. He provides convincing evidence that a sentence of death in today's criminal justice system in fact fails to meet both the Bible's exacting procedural requirements and its strict limitations on judicial authority. By providing actual scriptural language and foundation to counter the position that biblical truth justifies a pro-death penalty stance, this thoughtful, solidly researched, and well-reasoned work will give pause to religious fundamentalists and challenge them to rethink their strongly held views on capital punishment.
The missions of Spanish Florida are one of American history's best kept secrets. Between 1565 and 1763, more than 150 missions with names like San Francisco and San Antonio dotted the landscape from south Florida to the Chesapeake Bay. Drawing on archaeological and historical research, much conducted in the last 25 years, Milanich offers a vivid description of these missions and the Apalachee, Guale, and Timucua Indians who lived and labored in them. First published in 1999 by Smithsonian Institution Press, Laboring in the Fields of the Lord contends the missions were an integral part of Spain's La Florida colony, turning a potentially hostile population into an essential labor force. Indian workers grew, harvested, ground, and transported corn that helped to feed the colony. Indians also provided labor for construction projects, including the imposing stone Castillo de San Marcos that still dominates St. Augustine today. Missions were essential to the goal of colonialism. Together, conquistadors, missionaries, and entrepreneurs went hand-in-hand to conquer the people of the Americas. Though long abandoned and destroyed, the missions are an important part of our country's heritage. This reprint edition includes a new, updated preface by the author.
A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives. In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city. After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley’s happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations. A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.
The Pelican Island Audubon Society will publish Reflections of Blue Cypress Photographs, History, and Poems of the Headwater Lake of the St. Johns River. Second Edition authored by Dr. Richard H. and Dr. Juanita N. Baker. The book provides a reflective and artistic perspective of Blue Cypress Lake today, taking readers on a journey to one of Florida's natural treasures. Since 1990, the Bakers have visited Blue Cypress Lake many times, often spending the night listening to a steady chorus of frogs and an occasional owl and gator. Rising before the sun, they witnessed the early changing light, and photographed and savored each moment on the lake. Their book includes photographs and poems, and provides a vivid and factual account of the lake's history. By publishing Reflections of Blue Cypress, Baker's beautiful tribute to people everywhere who are interested in wildlife, conservation, natural history, photography, or experiencing a Florida special place, Audubon hopes to: 1 Enhance awareness of the unique natural environment of Indian River County, Florida 2 Advocate preserving what is left of our remaining precious habitat and native species 3 Illustrate the delicate balance of nature and the tremendous impact that even slight human influences can have 4 Describe the unique circumstances that have preserved this lake, encouraging us to take action immediately to make a difference 5 Increase public awareness of our chapter's goals 6 Raise funds to support the chapter's education and environmental activities Audubon is honored to have Dr. George Schaller of the Wilderness Conservation Society write the forward for the book. George Schaller's studies in Africa, the Himalayas, Tibet, China, and South America have been the bases for his numerous scientific and popular writings. The winner of several awards, including the National Book award, he has authored 15 books, including The Serengeti Lion, Stones of Silence, The Year of the Gorilla, and The Last Panda. The Pelican Island Audubon Society is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society dedicated to the preservation and protection of animals, plants, and natural communities in Indian River County through advocacy, education, and public awareness.
Pensacola was one of the earliest European settlement attempts in American history. This book is the perfect introduction for residents and visitors alike, and arrives just in time for the city's year-long 450th anniversary celebration in 2009. The authors synthesise history and archaeology, in this informative chronicle.

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