Raising the White Flag: How Surrender Defined the American Civil War by David Silkenat
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Overview: The American Civil War began with a laying down of arms by Union troops at Fort Sumter, and it ended with a series of surrenders, most famously at Appomattox Courthouse. But in the intervening four years, both Union and Confederate forces surrendered en masse on scores of other occasions. Indeed, roughly one out of every four soldiers surrendered at some point during the conflict. In no other American war did surrender happen so frequently.
David Silkenat here provides the first comprehensive study of Civil War surrender, focusing on the conflicting social, political, and cultural meanings of the action. Looking at the conflict from the perspective of men who surrendered, Silkenat creates new avenues to understand prisoners of war, fighting by Confederate guerillas, the role of southern Unionists, and the experiences of African American soldiers. The experience of surrender also sheds valuable light on the culture of honor, the experience of combat, and the laws of war.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
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Raising Kids Who Turn Out Right by Tim Kimmel
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 772 KB
Overview: Every parent hopes their kids will turn out right. They pray that when their children leave the nest, they will be ready to face the world. And they hope that their kids will be equipped to stand strong in life’s battles.
There are no shortcuts to successful parenting . . . no secret formulas to raising kids of strength and character. However, there are steps you can take to prepare your children for the challenges ahead. But you’ll need an effective game plan.
With warmth and conviction, Tim Kimmel outlines a strategy for positive parenting-a plan that gives you reachable goals, while allowing for your personal parenting style. You have only a few short years with your child.make the most of the time you have.(This book was formerly titled Legacy of Love)
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
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Raising Girls in the 21st Century: From babyhood to womanhood – helping your daughter to grow up wise, warm and strong by Steve Biddulph
Requirements: EPUB Reader 90.32 MB
Overview: The revised and updated edition of the bestselling parenting classic
Raising Girls in the Twenty-first Century is Steve Biddulph’s warm, wise and up-to-the-minute look at how to help your daughter – at every age, from baby to teen.Girls today need to be strong, but also keep their hearts open. Steve brings the very best help from around the globe to build girls’ self-belief in a world that often wants to tear them down.
In this revised and updated edition, you’ll learn how to raise your daughter to:
• have a joyful childhood and not be forced to grow up too fast
• navigate the fraught world of friends, peer pressure and bullying
• be free and wild, to reduce anxiety, depression and self-harm
• avoid technology addiction and other social media pitfalls
• relate to boys with a clear head and strong heart
There is also a powerful new section on ‘#MeToo in School’, shining a light on the reality of childhood sexual harassment, and how best to help your daughter fight it. Filled with unforgettable stories that will bring you to tears, and offering clear, practical help, Raising Girls in the Twenty-first Century is not just a guidebook but a fierce call-to-arms. The world’s best guide to girlhood is now in your hands.
Genre: Non-Fiction – Health, Fitness & Medical –
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Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting For The Labor Movement via Jane McAlevey
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 725 KB
Overview: In 1995, within the first contested election within the historical past of the AFL-CIO, John Sweeney received the presidency of the country’s biggest hard work federation, promising renewal and resurgence. Today, lower than 7 % of American private-sector employees belong to a union, the bottom share for the reason that starting of the 20 th century, and public worker collective bargaining has been dealt devastating blows in Wisconsin and somewhere else. What took place?
Jane McAlevey is famous-and notorious-in the American hard work motion because the hard-charging organizer who racked up a string of victories at a time when union leaders mentioned successful wasn’t imaginable. Then she used to be bounced from the motion, a sufferer of the high-level internecine conflict that has torn aside arranged hard work. In this engrossing and humorous narrative-that displays the character of its charismatic, wisecracking author-McAlevey tells the tale of plenty of dramatic organizing and contract victories, and the novel methods that helped reach them.
Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell) argues that hard work may also be revived, however provided that the motion recognizes its errors and completely commits to deep organizing, participatory schooling, militancy, and an option to employees and their communities that extra resembles the campaigns of the 1930s-in brief, social motion unionism that comes to elevating employees’ expectancies (whilst elevating hell).
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
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Raising Grandkids: Inside Skipped-Generation Families by Gary Garrison
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Overview: Focusing on grandparent-headed households, Gary Garrison examines his own experience as a caregiver to his step-grandchildren, and the experiences of others in similar situations, to paint an illuminating picture of grandparents who have put their lives on hold to raise their children’s children. Grandparents have particular challenges in this situation, as they often have to battle their own children for custody, deal with pressures from caseworkers, negotiate their own health and financial issues, and address the guilt and resentment they may feel towards the missing son or daughter who conceived the children now in their care.
As well, many fear their grandchildren will be taken away, which keeps them silent and isolated. This fear can be particularly profound for Indigenous grandparents, who bear intergenerational wounds of racism and colonialism as they struggle to create a better future for themselves and their grandchildren. No matter their background, grandparents looking for guidance and wisdom will find meaning in this brave and clear-eyed book.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
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Raising Steam (Discworld #40) by Terry Pratchett
Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 350 MB
Overview: To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork – a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements: earth, air, fire and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it’s soon drawing astonished crowds, some of whom caught the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear.
Moist von Lipwig is not a man who enjoys hard work – as master of the Post Office, the Mint and the Royal Bank his input is, of course, vital…but largely dependent on words, which are fortunately not very heavy and don’t always need greasing. However, he does enjoy being alive, which makes a new job offer from Vetinari hard to refuse….
Steam is rising over Discworld, driven by Mister Simnel, the man wi’ t’flat cap and sliding rule who has an interesting arrangement with the sine and cosine. Moist will have to grapple with gallons of grease, goblins, a fat controller with a history of throwing employees down the stairs and some very angry dwarfs if he’s going to stop it all going off the rails….
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction Fantasy
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Raising Government Children: A History of Foster Care and the American Welfare State by Catherine E. Rymph
Requirements: ePUB Reader, 3 MB
Overview: In the 1930s, buoyed by the potential of the New Deal, child welfare reformers hoped to formalize and modernize their methods, partly through professional casework but more importantly through the loving care of temporary, substitute families. Today, however, the foster care system is widely criticized for failing the children and families it is intended to help. How did a vision of dignified services become virtually synonymous with the breakup of poor families and a disparaged form of "welfare" that stigmatizes the women who provide it, the children who receive it, and their families?
Tracing the evolution of the modern American foster care system from its inception in the 1930s through the 1970s, Catherine Rymph argues that deeply gendered, domestic ideals, implicit assumptions about the relative value of poor children, and the complex public/private nature of American welfare provision fueled the cultural resistance to funding maternal and parental care. What emerged was a system of public social provision that was actually subsidized by foster families themselves, most of whom were concentrated toward the socioeconomic lower half, much like the children they served. Analyzing the ideas, debates, and policies surrounding foster care and foster parents’ relationship to public welfare, Rymph reveals the framework for the building of the foster care system and draws out its implications for today’s child support networks.
Genre: Non-Fiction, History
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