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The three imposing buildings of the Library of Congress--the Thomas Jefferson Building, the John Adams Building, and the James Madison Memorial Building--are remarkable but very different public spaces and public works of art. Located just east of the U.S. Capitol...
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The story of how a few Chinese immigrants found their way to the Mississippi River Delta in the late 1870s and earned their living with small family operated grocery stores in neighborhoods where mostly black cotton plantation workers lived. What was their status in the segregated black and white...
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The Harlem Renaissance remains exciting, inspiring, and irresistible in the first half of the 21st Century for the same reason that the many people who lived it found it exciting, inspiring, and irresistible in the first half of the 20th Century. Despite the soul-crushing challenges of war, racism...
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Counterculture, while commonly used to describe youth-oriented movements of the 1960s, refers to any attempt to challenge or change conventional values and practices or the dominant lifestyles of the day. This three-volume encyclopedia details the American counterculture from the establishment of...
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Raised in the small frontier town of Vincennes, Isabelle Renoir longs for a life of purpose and meaning. She dreams of the day when she can escape the simple life and embrace the feeling that she is destined for something rare and wonderful. Unable to fit in with the women around her, Isabelle...
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Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. was a member of Boston's elite, a thrice-wounded Union soldier, a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, a professor of law, a celebrated legal scholar, and a justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court. He is best remembered, however, as a justice of the U.S....
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A narrative exploration of one of the most violent labor showdowns in American history, in which more than 75 people were killed over seven months. The book touches on such legendary figures as John D. Rockefeller (Jr. and Sr.) and Mother Jones as it explores the guerrilla war the erupted amid the...
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An analysis of the influence of eugenic theory and language on John Steinbeck's thinking and tactics as he was preparing to write, and writing, The Grapes of Wrath.
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17 page (double column) critical biography of John Steinbeck, the American Nobel Laureate in Literature.
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"The American Resting Place: Four Hundred Years of History through our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds" is a "curious, interesting, and surprisingly moving examination of the American practices of death ceremonies and burial ranging from pre-Jamestown Native-American burial mounds to...