United States History, Regional
Old Rail Fence Corners
Frontier Tales Told by Minnesota Pioneers
Paperback ISBN: 0873511093
Old Rail Fence Corners is the story of Minnesota's early settlers in their own words—hardship and happiness on the frontier. These simple, direct accounts, collected at the beginning of the twentieth century, paint vivid pictures of life in Minnesota from the 1840s to the 1860s. A new introduction by Marjorie Kreidburg describes the life and times of the book and of Lucy Leavenworth Wilder Morris, its remarkable editor. Praise for Old Rail Fence Corners: "These personal anecdotes are the stuff of social history—the testimony of ordinary, everyday people, which, when pieced together, give us a picture of pioneer life." —Marilyn J. Lass, Minnesota Reviews
The Highway and Its People
Paperback ISBN: 0806122919
Route 66 uses oral history and photography as the basis for a human study of this country's most famous road. Historic times, dates, places, and events are described in the words of men and women who were there: driving the highway, cooking hamburgers, creating pottery, and pumping gas. As much as the concrete, gravel, and tar spread in a sweeping arc from Chicago to Santa Monica, those people are Route 66. Their stories and portraits are the biography of the highway.
A Walk Through Provincetown
Hardcover ISBN: 0609609076
A fascinating odyssey to Provincetown, Massachusetts, offers an evocative portrait of the rugged beauty and rich historical significance of the seaside town as well as the impressive array of artists and writers--including Tennessee Williams, Eugene O'Neill, Mark Rothko, and Edmund Wilson--that made the town an artistic mecca. 25,000 first printing.
A Nebraska Woman's Life
Paperback ISBN: 080329297x
Moving Out: A Nebraska Woman's Life is the autobiography of Polly Spence (1914-98) and an intimate portrait of small-town life in the mid-twentieth century. The descendant of Irish settlers, Polly spent her first fifteen years in Franklin, a village with conservative, puritan religious values in south-central Nebraska. Although Polly's relationship with her mother was tense, she loved and admired her newspaperman father, from whom she inherited her love of learning and the English language. Despite her devastation following several personal hardships, Polly displayed remarkable resilience and determination in her life, and when intractable problems arose in her marriage she exercised the options of a modern woman. In Moving Out she intertwines the events that characterized her time and place - the Great Depression, the intolerance that breathed life into the Ku Klux Klan, and the end of the Old West - with the love, death, and sorrow that touched her family.