July 25, 2014

Pennsylvania German Church Records, 1729-1870

This collection is indispensable if you are interested in Pennsylvania German origins. Documenting births, baptisms, marriages, and burials, these records identify people and their relationships to one another – not only parents and children, husbands and wives, but witnesses and sponsors as well.

Church Records: Adams, Berks, and Lancaster Counties, Pennsylvania, 1729-1881

Church records such as those included here are among the best sources for information on births, marriages, and deaths for the period of time before widespread civil registration of vital statistics. This database contains information on approximately 180,000 individuals mentioned in abstracts of baptisms, births, marriages, and deaths from the registers of more than fifty local Pennsylvania churches. The information was extracted from microfilm records of transcriptions of the original records.

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July 20, 2014

A Reforming People: Puritanism and the Transformation of Public Life in New England

A revelatory account of the aspirations and accomplishments of the people who founded the New England colonies, comparing the reforms they enacted with those attempted in England during the period of the English Revolution. 

Distinguished historian David D. Hall looks afresh at how the colonists set up churches, civil governments, and methods for distributing land. Bringing with them a deep fear of arbitrary, unlimited authority grounded in either church or state, these settlers based their churches on the participation of laypeople and insisted on “consent” as a premise of all civil governance. Encouraging broad participation and relying on the vigorous use of petitioning, they also transformed civil and criminal law and the workings of courts. The outcome was a civil society far less authoritarian and hierarchical than was customary in their age—indeed, a society so advanced that a few dared to describe it as “democratical.” They were well ahead of their time in doing so. 

As Puritans, the colonists also hoped to exemplify a social ethics of equity, peace, and the common good. In a case study of a single town, Hall follows a minister as he encourages the townspeople to live up to these high standards in their politics. This is a book that challenges us to discard long-standing stereotypes of the Puritans as temperamentally authoritarian and their leadership as despotic. Hall demonstrates exactly the opposite. Here, we watch the colonists as they insist on aligning institutions and social practice with equity and liberty. 

A stunning re-evaluation of the earliest moments of New England’s history, revealing the colonists to be the most effective and daring reformers of their day.

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July 19, 2014

A People's History of the American Revolution: How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independence

A sweeping narrative of the wartime experience, A People's History of the American Revolution is the first book to view the revolution through the eyes of common folk. Their stories have long been overlooked in the mythic telling of America's founding, but are crucial to a comprehensive understanding of the fight for independence. Now, the experiences of farmers, laborers, rank and file soldiers, women, Native Americans, and African Americans - found in diaries, letters, memoirs and other long-ignored primary sources - create a gritty account of rebellion, filled with ideals and outrage, loss, sacrifice, and sometimes scurrilous acts . . . but always ringing with truth.

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Virginia in the Revolution and War of 1812 Military Records

The records collected within these eleven books were extracted from sources ranging from local court houses to national archives. Original sources include bounty land applications, militia rosters, pension applications, muster and pay rolls, depositions, petitions, militia lists, orderly books, and service records.

Among the unique resources collected here, you'll find one of the most ambitious collections of Revolutionary War source materials ever published (Gaius Marcus Brumbaugh's Revolutionary War Records: Virginia) along with information on all regiment members who served under George Washington. In addition, you'll find record of all Virginia soldiers and sailors who received land warrants in present-day Kentucky.

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July 18, 2014

Connecticut (America the Beautiful)

The America the Beautiful series takes readers on a photographic tour of the country's most beautiful states and most vibrant cities. Top photographers contribute their best images of both well-known destinations and hidden gems, and clear and informative captions bring each scene to life. These handsomely designed books show the beauty of each destination and will be enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.

As one of the Thirteen Colonies, Connecticut is home to Revolutionary War sites that attract many visitors. It is also well known for its many educational institutions, particularly Yale University and UConn.

Some of the other highlights captured in this handsome new addition to the America the Beautiful series include:

  • Sites old and new in the beautiful capital, Hartford 
  • Historic New Haven and the coastline along Long Island Sound 
  • The rolling mountains and horse farms of Litchfield Hills 
  • The Nathan Hale homestead and Putnam Cottage 
  • Outdoor fun on the Connecticut River and the Appalachian Trail 
Connecticut has something for everybody: a thriving arts scene, bustling towns, zoos, aquariums and some of the prettiest countryside in the eastern United States -- enough to get anyone out exploring.

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Connecticut Officers and Soldiers, 1700s-1800s Military Records

Reach further into your family tree's Connecticut branches! This unique and comprehensive collection of Connecticut military records from the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War references approximately 167,000 individuals.

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Books Included
Rolls of Connecticut Men in the French and Indian War, 1755-1762 (Two Volumes)
Connecticut Revolutionary Pensioners
Connecticut Society Daughters of the American Revolution
The Record of Connecticut Men in the Military and Naval Service During the War of the Revolution, 1775-1783
Supplement to the 'The Record of Connecticut Men in the Military and Naval Service During the War of the Revolution, 1775-1783'
Volume I: Rolls and Lists of Connecticut Men in the Revolution, 1775-1783
Volume II: Lists and Returns of Connecticut Men in the Revolution, 1775-1783





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July 17, 2014

Rebel Private: Front and Rear: Memoirs of a Confederate Soldier

The recent rediscovery of Rebel Private: Front and Rear, effectively lost for decades, marks an authentic publishing event in the literature of the Civil War. A rare insight into the conflict from the point of view of a Confederate army enlisted man, this compelling memoir has been hailed by historians as a classic and indispensible key to understanding the Southern perspective. Margaret Mitchell even described it as her single most valuable source of research for Gone With the Wind.

This stunning document is the work of a common foot soldier blessed with extraordinary perception and articulateness. After joining the famed Texas Brigade under Stonewall Jackson. Private William A. Fletcher saw action at Second Manassas, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Channcellorsville, and Chickamauga. He was wounded several times and escaped from a moving Union prison train before the South's surrender. In 1907, he published this powerfully evocative account of his exploits, a volume of frank, detailed recollections that spares none of the horror, courage, or absurdity of war. But a fire destroyed all but a few copies before they could be distributed. One copy, however, did make its way to the Library of Congress, where it was eventually discovered. Today, this colorful work has become the voice of the Civil War front-line grunt, speaking to the modern reader with the intensity of personal experience and a vividness of detail that gives it a riveting you-are-there quality.

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