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Biography by Americans, 1658-1936

Biography by Americans, 1658-1936

Author: Edward H. O'Neill

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9781512804942

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 478

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This volume is the most comprehensive bibliography of purely biographical material written by Americans. It covers every possible field of life but, by design, excludes autobiographies, diaries, and journals.

Six-Guns and Saddle Leather

Six-Guns and Saddle Leather

Author: Ramon Frederick Adams

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486400352

Category: History

Page: 846

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Authoritative guide to everything in print about lawmen and the lawless—from Billy the Kid to the painted ladies of frontier cow towns. Nearly 2,500 entries, taken from newspapers, court records, and more.

California Desperadoes

California Desperadoes

Author: William B. Secrest

Publisher: Quill Driver Books

ISBN: 1884995195

Category: History

Page: 276

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“I shot him in the left temple; the gun dropped from his hands; he quivered one instant, and Andy McGinnis climbed the Golden Stairs....” This was Chris Evans speaking. Evans, the killer, train robber and fugitive, was describing the famous 1892 shootout at Young's cabin when he and his partner John Sontag ambushed and killed two members of a posse that was pursuing them. In California Desperadoes, Evans and seven other early outlaws tell their own raw stories—tales of holdups, shootouts and desperate flights from the law. Witness the cruel confessions of the ruthless gang of California bandits who murdered a whole family, men, women and children, in the opening days of the Gold Rush. Stand on the gallows with the notorious Jim Stuart as he is hanged by San Francisco vigilantes determined to retake their city from hordes of Australian convicts, robbers and killers. The ill-starred adventures of Tom Bell, Tiburcio Vasquez and Charles Dorsey will hold you spellbound as the outlaws themselves take you along the dangerous trails they rode. And stage robbers Jim Smith and Dick Fellows will shock you with their own tales of the harrowing and sometimes hilarious antics of the California highwaymen of another day. These are true stories told by true desperadoes and illustrated with many rare photographs.

Life of David Belden

Life of David Belden

Author: David Belden

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105044561178

Category: California

Page: 488

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Born in Connecticut in 1832, Belden went to California in 1853. He served on the Nevada County Court from 1857 to 1861, in the State Senate from 1865 to 1868, and on the District and Superior Courts of Santa Clara County from 1871 until just before his death in 1888.

The Life and Times of Henry Plummer

The Life and Times of Henry Plummer

Author: Linda Buxbaum

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781503523012

Category: Fiction

Page: 254

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Guilty or innocent? Historians have devoted much time and effort investigating whether or not Henry Plummer, the sheriff of Bannack, Montana, actually committed the crimes for which he was hanged by vigilantes on a bitter, cold January night in 1864. The question of his innocence has plagued Western historians for fifteen decades. In May of 1993, a posthumous trial was held in Virginia City, Montana, where a Madison County jury consisting of twelve registered voters split the verdict6-6. The judge declared a mistrial and had Sheriff Plummer been alive, she would have told him, You are free to go. Henrys life tells the tale of a lawless West and epitomizes many a mans experience in these untamed, violent mining towns of the 1800s where shootouts and duals rule and life is sometimes worth only a handful of gold or the dispute over a lady, proper or fallen. Henry, a well-educated and handsome man, delicate and consumptive, soft-spoken and refined, appears dedicated to the law and yet, is also capable of instantly shooting a man dead. Trouble follows him everywhere. By the time Henry Plummer becomes sheriff in Bannack in 1863, he has killed five men in self-defense and has loved and lost three women. Henrys time spent at the faro tables pans out better than his time spent as a miner or as a lover. The hunger for gold dust brings every manner of men from all corners of the country and beyond to enjoy the easy reaping, and with them come more robberies and murders. Rumors and suspicion become rampant, leaving no one untouched, including Henry Plummer, a man swept along by the tides of his time.

Slices of Life in Hawaii

Slices of Life in Hawaii

Author: J. Arthur Rath III

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781450235204

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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Collection of 65 stories and poems covering life in Hawaii from the early 30s, through World War II, and up to the presentincluding the new U.S. S. Hawaii, nuclear submarine. Compellingly written, this books 337 pages cover: Growing up Hawaiian style; sugar plantation life; Hawaiian ranching; Kamehameha Schools--the gift of a Princess so Hawaiians could be industrious men and women. Thirty-four pages are devoted to military headquartered in Hawaii and heroes resting here for eternity. Why do Jewish tourists love Hawaii? This book tells you why. It provides insights on Hawaiian mens psyches. Hawaiian culture and multi-cultures are covered, the story of Dancing With Ancestors is something you will never forget. Hawaiis celebrity son President Obama, Musician Charles King and Kui Lee-- and Don Ho and George Kanahele, Hawaiis Renaissance leaders, the authors friends from boyhood are featured in heartwarming ways. Rath covers improbabilities and silliness of Hawaii politics. He speaks eloquently for the need to clear up the funny slanguagewhich politicians use that is neither Hawaiian nor English! The last six pieces are heartwarming appreciations for those whove managed lifes vicissitudes while never losing the sense of Alohawhich is something youll learn very well in this book. Tasty and worth savoring, these slices of life are moving experiences presented by Rath, an authentic islander of the blood, who shares his deep, heart-warming perceptions.

Women and Children First

Women and Children First

Author: Judith Dean Gething Hughes

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824816218

Category: History

Page: 212

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Historian Gerda Lerner posed the question: What would history be like if seen through the eyes of women? In this insightful and sympathetic look at Hawaii's first female territorial senator, Elsie Wilcox (1874-1954), Judith Dean Gething Hughes adapts Lerner's question to tell the story of a remarkable woman whose life reflects key aspects of the social history of modern Hawaii: the enormous impact of nineteenth-century missionaries and of the sugar plantations, which dominated Hawaii's economy for nearly a century after the Civil War; the powerful influence of the American progressive movement in public education and social welfare; and the onset of the "bloodless revolution" of the 1950s, which replaced the Caucasian Republican oligarchy with a Democratic party led by second-generation Asian Americans. The grandchild of missionaries and the niece of a prosperous Kauai sugar planter, Wilcox was born and raised on her uncle's plantation. Unlike many of her peers, however, Wilcox did not marry but pursued a full-time career as an advocate for change, including education, improved health, and full participation in the life of the community for second-generation Asian Americans. Hughes looks to Wilcox's missionary heritage to reveal the values that shaped her character and to her education at Wellesley College, which transformed her into a Progressive and, by the standards of the early twentieth century, a feminist. Hughes argues that although Wilcox's education and prominent social standing contributed to making her an "old maid," they also enabled her to serve as Kauai's commissioner for education for twelve years until her election to the territorial Senate in 1932 and 1936. There she established herself as the Senate's conscience on women's and children's issues and played a key role in creating Hawaii's social security laws. Women and Children First not only details the life of one of Hawaii's most dedicated social reformers but also provides insights into the historical development of Kauai and Hawaii in general from 1910 to 1940.