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"There are your enemies," shouted Manchester-born general John Stark, leading the charge at the Battle of Bennington: "They are ours!"
Looks at the life and accomplishments of novelist, journalist, newspaper publisher, and rancher Caroline Lockhart.
With its white steeple, red brick meetinghouse and verdant common, Hancock is the quintessential New Hampshire village. Author Cynthia Amidon has unearthed stories about this close-knit community from the rich archives at the Hancock Historical Society. In this first ever collection of her well-spun tales, Amidon sketches profiles of ambassadors and scoundrels, renowned artists and forty-niners from Hancock's storied past. Discover how a small band of intrepid settlers triumphed over war, disease and hunger and created beloved traditions like Old Home Day and the Town Meeting. Accompanied by vintage images, these stories reveal the historic charm and vibrant spirit of the town noted to have the "most Currier and Ives Main Street in New England."
:This book tells the story of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, a corporation that played a major role in [the history of the textile industry]. The story takes us from the Amoskeag;s early origins as a small spinning mill at Amoskeag Falls on the Merrimack River in the early nineteenth century to its closing in the midst of the Great Depression. From its incoporation as a stock corporation in 1831 through its bankruptcy in 1936, the company exerted tremendous infuence over the landscape and the people of Manchester, New Hampshire." --From preface.
Fitz H. Lane's maritime masterpieces are known throughout the world, but the man himself has eluded both historians and art critics for over a century. The Luminist painter's successful career began in his early childhood in picturesque Gloucester, Massachusetts and his talents developed and matured over time, making him one of the nation's premier nineteenth-century artists. Throughout his career, Lane painted with a vitality and attention to detail that was purely American at heart, and it is in pursuit of this ideal that James Craig embarks on a detective's investigation to reconstruct with accuracy and honesty the details of a man about whom much has been written but little revealed. Few clues remain today about the artist who so thoroughly embodied the American spirit during "one of humanity's most dramatic and confusing historical epochs." Lane's era was one of great change for America, and both he and his art were there to capture that spirit. This dazzling and exhaustive effort provides the first glimpse behind the canvas, beyond the career and into the soul of Fitz H. Lane. Passionate, stunning and thrilling, this is a narrative that returns life and color to a man intent or preserving and presenting the life of the culture he loved. James Craig has given Gloucester back one of her favorite sons.
First published in 1978, this classic book, through vivid oral histories and historic photographs, documents the social and cultural impact of the industry during America’s rise as a manufacturing power. For nearly a century, the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company was chief architect of the social, ethnic, and economic existence of Manchester, New Hampshire. In the early 1900s, it was the largest textile mill in the world, employing 17,000; its red brick facade stretched for nearly a mile along the Merrimack River and its payroll drew immigrants by the thousands. In their own words, laborers, foremen, managers, and town residents paint a detailed portrait of the mill’s nearly feudal dominance of every aspect of their lives and offer their response to this existence, with fierce pride and an unshakable sense of community. When competition, labor unrest, and obsolescence caught up with the mill in 1936, a weaver recalls, “the mills went out and the world stopped for everybody.”
An Afrikaner crime reporter returns home to face the evil and complex legacy of South African apartheid in “a witness-bearing act of the rarest courage” (Michael Kerr). Rian Malan’s classic work of reportage, My Traitor’s Heart is at once beautiful, horrifying, and profound in ways that earned him comparisons to Michael Herr and Ryszard Kapuściński and inspired the London Times to call him “South Africa’s Hunter S. Thompson.” An Afrikaner, Malan is the scion of a centuries-old clan deeply involved in the creation of apartheid. As a young crime reporter, he covered the atrocities of an undeclared race war and ultimately fled the country, unhinged by what he had seen. Eight years later, he returns to confront his own demons, and those that are tearing his country apart. With unflinching candor, Malan explores the grizzly violence and perverse rationalizations at the root of his nation’s identity. Written in the final years of apartheid’s bloody collapse, My Traitor’s Heart still resonates, offering a “passionate, blazingly honest testament” to the darkest recesses of the black and white South African psyches. “Those who read it will never again see South Africa the same way” (Los Angeles Times Book Review).

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