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Between Slavery and Freedom: Free People of Color in America From Settlement to the Civil War

Julie Winch · Rowman & Littlefield
Pages: 151
Format: Print book

In Between Slavery and Freedom, Julie Winch explores the complex world of those people of African birth or descent who occupied the "borderlands" between slavery and freedom in the 350 years from the founding of the first European colonies in what is today the United States to the start...
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Keggie Carew · Atlantic Monthly
Pages: 432
Format: Print book

Keggie Carew grew up in the gravitational field of an unorthodox father who lived on his wits and dazzling charm. For most of her adult life, Keggie was kept at arm's length from her father's personal history, but when she is invited to join him for the sixtieth anniversary of the Jedburghs...
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Driven toward Madness: The Fugitive Slave Margaret Garner and Tragedy on the Ohio

Nikki Marie Taylor · Ohio University Press
Pages: 152
Format: Print book

The story of Margaret Garner - the runaway slave who, when confronted with capture, slit the throat of her toddler daughter rather than have her face a life in slavery - has inspired Toni Morrison's Beloved, a film based on the novel starring Oprah Winfrey, and an opera. Garner's...
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A History of Ancient Egypt: From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid

John Romer · Thomas Dunne Books
Format: Hardcover

The ancient world comes to life in the first volume in a two book series on the history of Egypt, spanning the first farmers to the construction of the pyramids. Famed archaeologist John Romer draws on a lifetime of research to tell one history's greatest stories; how,...
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Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition

Paul Watson · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

The spellbinding true story of the greatest cold case in Arctic history -- and how the rare mix of marine science and Inuit knowledge finally led to the recent discovery of the shipwrecks.Spanning nearly 200 years, Ice Ghosts is a fast-paced detective story about Western science, indigenous...
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Lincoln's Lieutenants: The High Command of the Army of the Potomac

Stephen W Sears · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 884
Format: Hardcover

From the best-selling author of Gettysburg, a multilayered group biography of the commanders who led the Army of the Potomac The high command of the Army of the Potomac was a changeable, often dysfunctional band of brothers, going through the fires of war under seven commanding generals...
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A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

Andrew Chaikin · Penguin Books; Reissue edition
Format: Paperback

This acclaimed portrait of heroism and ingenuity captures a watershed moment in human history. The astronauts themselves have called it the definitive account of their missions. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon....
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Unlocking the Past: How Archaeologists Are Rewriting Human History with Ancient DNA

Martin Jones · Arcade Pub
Pages: 348
Format: Book

In Unlocking the Past, Martin Jones, a leading expert at the forefront of bioarchaeology - the discipline that gave Michael Crichton the premise for Jurassic Park - explains how this pioneering science is rewriting human history and unlocking stories of the past that could never have been...
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The Vietnam War: An Intimate History

Geoffrey C Ward · Knopf
Pages: 640
Format: Hardcover

From the award-winning historian and filmmakers of The Civil War, Baseball, The War, The Roosevelts, and others: a vivid, uniquely powerful history of the conflict that tore America apart--the companion volume to the major, multipart PBS film to be aired in September 2017.More than forty...
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Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History

Sam Maggs · Quirk Books
Pages: 238
Format: Print book

A fun and feminist look at forgotten women in science, technology, and beyond, from the bestselling author of THE FANGIRL'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY You may think you know women's history pretty well. But have you ever heard of. . . · Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment...
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