Slavish Shore

The Odyssey of Richard Henry Dana Jr.

Author: Jeffrey L. Amestoy

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674088190

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 365

View: 4707

In 1834 Harvard dropout Richard Henry Dana Jr. became a common seaman, and soon his Two Years Before the Mast became a classic. Literary acclaim did not erase the young lawyer’s memory of floggings he witnessed aboard ship or undermine his vow to combat injustice. Jeffrey Amestoy tells the story of Dana’s determination to keep that vow.

Slavish Shore

The Odyssey of Richard Henry Dana Jr.

Author: Jeffrey L. Amestoy

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674495322

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 397

View: 4860

In 1834 Harvard dropout Richard Henry Dana Jr. became a common seaman, and soon his Two Years Before the Mast became a classic. Literary acclaim did not erase the young lawyer’s memory of floggings he witnessed aboard ship or undermine his vow to combat injustice. Jeffrey Amestoy tells the story of Dana’s determination to keep that vow.

The Last of the Hill Farms

Echoes of Vermont's Past

Author: Richard Brown

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781567926057

Category: Farm life

Page: 133

View: 2119

The American Adam

Author: R. W. B. Lewis

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022621950X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 9979

Intellectual history is viewed in this book as a series of "great conversations"—dramatic dialogues in which a culture's spokesmen wrestle with the leading questions of their times. In nineteenth-century America the great argument centered about De Crèvecoeur's "new man," the American, an innocent Adam in a bright new world dissociating himself from the historic past. Mr. Lewis reveals this vital preoccupation as a pervasive, transforming ingredient of the American mind, illuminating history and theology as well as art, shaping the consciousness of lesser thinkers as fully as it shaped the giants of the age. He traces the Adamic theme in the writings of Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Henry James, and others, and in an Epilogue he exposes their continuing spirit in the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, J. D. Salinger, and Saul Bellow.

The Nature of Sacrifice

A Biography of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr., 1835-64

Author: Carol Bundy

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780374120771

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 548

View: 2044

A Civil War memoir focusing on the life of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr. chronicles the career of the aide to General McLellan as he forms a black regiment, fights Colonel Mosby's guerrillas, and executes a ruthless war against Virginia, before being mortally wounded in 1864 at Cedar Creek.

The Pen and the Sword

Press, War, and Terror in the 21st Century

Author: Calvin F. Exoo

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 141295360X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 233

View: 6225

'Challenges students to reexamine their beliefs about the news media, helping them to become more critical citizens. In doing this, the text engages students' attention in crucial developments in the media, in politics, and in the intersection of the two' - Paul R. Brewer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Recent content analysis shows that terrorism and international conflict--the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq--have been the number one story of American news since 9/11. The Pen and the Sword is the first comprehensive review of how the news media have covered--and are covering--these momentous events. This coverage is used throughout the book to introduce and to illustrate a critical perspective on the mass media, examining contemporary issues of media economics, politics, and public opinion.

A Fable for Critics

Author: James Russell Lowell

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781530648863


Page: 102

View: 7652

Lowell's critical abilities are well displayed in "A Fable for Critics," a humorous jeu d'esprit written, as Lowell says, "at full gallop," from time to time in 1847 and 1849. In spite of the playful badinage and the bantering tone of the satire, the criticism of the various authors was meant to be serious. The piece is composed in a curious four-stressed anapestic rhythm with many ludicrous rimes to fit this unusual meter. So well did Lowell strike off the characteristics of Emerson, Bryant, Whittier, Hawthorne, Cooper, Poe, Longfellow, Irving, Holmes, and even Lowell himself, that lines from the poem are still frequently and approvingly quoted by modern critics. For example, There is Bryant, as quiet, as cool, and as dignified, As a smooth, silent iceberg, that never is ignified. There comes Poe, with his raven, like Barnaby Rudge, Three fifths of him genius and two fifths sheer fudge. There is Lowell, who's striving Parnassus to climb With a whole bale of isms tied together with rhyme. As a whole, "A Fable for Critics" is fantastically conceived and loosely thrown together, and it is by no means a work of art. Still it is not too much to say that it is the finest example of satiric criticism in our literature. It may be favorably compared with Byron's "English Bards and Scotch Reviewers," though it certainly is not written in the revengeful and caustic mood of its English predecessor. -History of American Literature [1919]

True Yankees

The South Seas and the Discovery of American Identity

Author: Dane A. Morrison

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421415437

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 2122

With American independence came the freedom to sail anywhere in the world under a new flag. During the years between the Treaty of Paris and the Treaty of Wangxi, Americans first voyaged past the Cape of Good Hope, reaching the ports of Algiers and the bazaars of Arabia, the markets of India and the beaches of Sumatra, the villages of Cochin, China, and the factories of Canton. Their South Seas voyages of commerce and discovery introduced the infant nation to the world and the world to what the Chinese, Turks, and others dubbed the "new people." Drawing on private journals, letters, ships’ logs, memoirs, and newspaper accounts, True Yankees traces America’s earliest encounters on a global stage through the exhilarating experiences of five Yankee seafarers. Merchant Samuel Shaw spent a decade scouring the marts of China and India for goods that would captivate the imaginations of his countrymen. Mariner Amasa Delano toured much of the Pacific hunting seals. Explorer Edmund Fanning circumnavigated the globe, touching at various Pacific and Indian Ocean ports of call. In 1829, twenty-year-old Harriett Low reluctantly accompanied her merchant uncle and ailing aunt to Macao, where she recorded trenchant observations of expatriate life. And sea captain Robert Bennet Forbes’s last sojourn in Canton coincided with the eruption of the First Opium War. How did these bold voyagers approach and do business with the people in the region, whose physical appearance, practices, and culture seemed so strange? And how did native men and women—not to mention the European traders who were in direct competition with the Americans—regard these upstarts who had fought off British rule? The accounts of these adventurous travelers reveal how they and hundreds of other mariners and expatriates influenced the ways in which Americans defined themselves, thereby creating a genuinely brash national character—the "true Yankee." Readers who love history and stories of exploration on the high seas will devour this gripping tale. -- Eric Jay Dolan


FDR and the Year That Changed History

Author: Jay Winik

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439114080

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 656

View: 2433

It was not inevitable that World War II would end as it did, or that it would even end well. 1944 was a year that could have stymied the Allies and cemented Hitler's waning power. Instead, it saved those democracies-but with a fateful cost. 1944 witnessed a series of titanic events: FDR at the pinnacle of his wartime leadership as well as his re-election, the planning of Operation Overlord with Churchill and Stalin, the unprecedented D-Day invasion, the liberation of Paris and the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and the tumultuous conferences that finally shaped the coming peace. But on the way, millions of more lives were still at stake as President Roosevelt was exposed to mounting evidence of the most grotesque crime in history, the Final Solution. Just as the Allies were landing in Normandy, the Nazis were accelerating the killing of millions of European Jews. Winik shows how escalating pressures fell on an all but dying Roosevelt, whose rapidly deteriorating health was a closely guarded secret. Here then, as with D-Day, was a momentous decision for the president. Was winning the war the best way to rescue the Jews? Was a rescue even possible? Or would it get in the way of defeating Hitler? In a year when even the most audacious undertakings were within the world's reach, including the liberation of Europe, one challenge-saving Europe's Jews-seemed to remain beyond Roosevelt's grasp. Winik provides a stunningly fresh look at the twentieth century's most pivotal year. 1944: FDR and the Year that Changed Historyis the first book to tell these events with such moral clarity and unprecedented sweep, and a moving appreciation of the extraordinary struggles of the era's outsized figures.

Brief History of English and American Literature

A Background on Literature

Author: Henry A. Beers

Publisher: Prabhat Prakashan


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

View: 1950

This book contains a brief history of English and American literature, it was written by Henry Augustin Beers and also contains an introduction and supplementary chapters on the Religious and Theological Literature of Great Britain and the United States by John Fletcher Hurst.

Romantic Modernism

Nostalgia in the World of Conservation

Author: Wim Denslagen

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9089641033

Category: Architecture

Page: 261

View: 2164

In the world of architectural conservation, there is little tolerance for reconstructing or even protecting historic facades when everything behind is modern, and even less for reconstructing a building that has been completely destroyed. These offenses are considered lies against history. In this thoughtful, revealing work, conservation expert Wim Denslagen traces this predilection for honesty to the legacy of Functionalism, a Romantic-era movement that denounced the building of pseudo-architecture in favor of a new, rational form of building. With detailed analyses of headline-making restoration projects from Bruges to Berlin, Denslagen shows that the adoption of these romantic values by conservationists gave rise to a new wave of modern additions and transformations.

America Alone

The Neo-Conservatives and the Global Order

Author: Stefan Halper,Jonathan Clarke

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521674607

Category: Political Science

Page: 369

View: 3366

An in-depth critique of the Bush administration and the Iraq war argues that when America's immense military power is used unwisely by neo-conservative radicals that dominate the national security process, it can fracture global stability.

Centuries of Silence

The Story of Latin American Journalism

Author: Leonardo Ferreira

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275983970

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 332

View: 6527

Debunks the myth of a free press in Latin America.

California Dreaming

Society and Culture in the Golden State

Author: Ronald A. Wells

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532602383

Category: History

Page: 164

View: 2776

California matters, both as a place and as an idea. What famed historian Kevin Starr has called “the California Dream” is a vital part of American self-understanding. Just as America was meant to be a place of renewal, even redemption, for Europe, so too California was intended as a place of renewal for America. Therefore, California—place and idea—provides a fertile ground for scholars to think deeply about what it means to articulate “the promise of American life.” This book follows in the train of George Marsden’s classic The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship—believing that people of faith have a contribution to make to scholarship—and of Jay Green’s more recent book, Christian Historiography: Five Rival Views—believing that scholars of faith should engage in moral inquiry. In this book, eight authors inquire into the moral questions that emerge from studying California.


The Biography of Medicine

Author: Sherwin B. Nuland

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307807894

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 544

View: 9787

From the author of How We Die, the extraordinary story of the development of modern medicine, told through the lives of the physician-scientists who paved the way. How does medical science advance? Popular historians would have us believe that a few heroic individuals, possessing superhuman talents, lead an unselfish quest to better the human condition. But as renowned Yale surgeon and medical historian Sherwin B. Nuland shows in this brilliant collection of linked life portraits, the theory bears little resemblance to the truth. Through the centuries, the men and women who have shaped the world of medicine have been not only very human, but also very much the products of their own times and places. Presenting compelling studies of great medical innovators and pioneers, Doctors gives us a fascinating history of modern medicine. Ranging from the legendary Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, to Andreas Vesalius, whose Renaissance masterwork on anatomy offered invaluable new insight into the human body, to Helen Taussig, founder of pediatric cardiology and co-inventor of the original "blue baby" operation, here is a volume filled with the spirit of ideas and the thrill of discovery.

To Cuba and back

A vacation voyage

Author: Richard Henry Dana

Publisher: N.A


Category: Travel

Page: 288

View: 4147

Convergence Culture

Where Old and New Media Collide

Author: Henry Jenkins

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814742955

Category: Social Science

Page: 353

View: 1759

“What the future fortunes of [Gramsci’s] writings will be, we cannot know. However, his permanence is already sufficiently sure, and justifies the historical study of his international reception. The present collection of studies is an indispensable foundation for this.” —Eric Hobsbawm, from the preface Antonio Gramsci is a giant of Marxian thought and one of the world's greatest cultural critics. Antonio A. Santucci is perhaps the world's preeminent Gramsci scholar. Monthly Review Press is proud to publish, for the first time in English, Santucci’s masterful intellectual biography of the great Sardinian scholar and revolutionary. Gramscian terms such as “civil society” and “hegemony” are much used in everyday political discourse. Santucci warns us, however, that these words have been appropriated by both radicals and conservatives for contemporary and often self-serving ends that often have nothing to do with Gramsci’s purposes in developing them. Rather what we must do, and what Santucci illustrates time and again in his dissection of Gramsci’s writings, is absorb Gramsci’s methods. These can be summed up as the suspicion of “grand explanatory schemes,” the unity of theory and practice, and a focus on the details of everyday life. With respect to the last of these, Joseph Buttigieg says in his Nota: “Gramsci did not set out to explain historical reality armed with some full-fledged concept, such as hegemony; rather, he examined the minutiae of concrete social, economic, cultural, and political relations as they are lived in by individuals in their specific historical circumstances and, gradually, he acquired an increasingly complex understanding of how hegemony operates in many diverse ways and under many aspects within the capillaries of society.” The rigor of Santucci’s examination of Gramsci’s life and work matches that of the seminal thought of the master himself. Readers will be enlightened and inspired by every page.

The Atlantean Conspiracy (Final Edition)

Author: Eric Dubay


ISBN: 1304634396

Category: Religion

Page: 330

View: 2187

The Atlantean Conspiracy Final Edition is the ultimate encyclopedia exposing the global conspiracy from Atlantis to Zion. Discover how world royalty through the Vatican and secret societies control literally every facet of our lives from behind the scenes and have done so for thousands of years. Topics covered include Presidential Bloodlines, The New World Order, Big Brother, FEMA Concentration Camps, Secret Societies, The Zionist Jew World Order, False Flags & The Hegelian Dialectic, The Lusitania & WWI, Pearl Harbor & WWII, Operation Northwoods, The Gulf of Tonkin & The Vietnam War, The Oklahoma City Bombing, The 9/11 Inside Job, Media Manipulation, The Health Conspiracy, Fluoride, Vaccines, Engineered AIDS, The Meat & Dairy Myth, The Cure for Everything, Masonic Symbology, Numerology, Time Manipulation, The Christian Conspiracy, Astrotheology, Magic Mushrooms, Atlantis, Kundalini, Enlightenment, Geocentric Cosmology, The NASA Moon and Mars Landing Hoaxes, Aliens, Controlled Opposition, and much more

Martial Bliss

The Story of the Military Bookman

Author: Margaretta Barton Colt

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781508849445


Page: 346

View: 1440

in the seedy New York of 1976, Harris Colt, a Wall Street refugee, invented and with his wife, Margaretta, ran a specialty antiquarian bookstore, The Military Bookman. The store, in a brownstone in New York's Carnegie Hill, was a confluence of old and rare military, naval and aviation history books, with the rare characters, near and far, who wanted them. Those who love books, bookstore, and New York will savor this light-hearted memoir of a fantasy turned reality, a unique enterprise which flourished in the late 20th century. Many customers thought of it as "'Cheers' without the booze."