Monday, April 3, 2017

Historical non-fiction

No matter what the content area, reading nonfiction can bring history to life thru great narration and descriptive writing. These titles are a great historical read. 

How the Post Office Created America, a History by Winifred Gallaher 
How the post Office Created America tells the story of the surprising role of the post office in the nation’s political, social, economic and physical development. For the longest time it  the post office was the U.S. government’s largest and most important endeavor and was established in 1775 before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  The authors takes you on a journey, as the post office was the catalyst of the industrial economy (transportation grid, customer service cultured and the political party system. Gallagher argues that Americans should understand what the post office has accomplished since 1775 and what it can contribute to a 21st century.

Rites of Conquest: The History and Culture of Michigan’s Native Americans by Charles E. Cleland  
Rites of Conquest narrates the struggle of Michigan Native Peoples; Ojibwa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi. For many thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans, Michigan’s native peoples, the Anishnabeg thrived in the forests and along the shores of the Great Lakes, their cultures in delicate social balance and in economic harmony with the natural order.  The French quest for furs, the colonial aggression of the British, and the invasion of native homelands by American settlers is the backdrop for its fascinating saga of their resistance and accommodation to the new social order.  Michigan Native American’s look to their values and traditions that set them apart as the most enduring peoples of the Great Lakes region. 

Wicked Takes the Witness Stand: A tale of murder and twisted deceit in Northern Michigan by Mardi Link
The author of When Evil Came to Good Hart and Isadore’s Secret, has written a third book of Michigan true crime. Wicked Takes the Witness stand provides a narrative on an unsolved mysterious case that sucked the state police and local officials into a morass of perjury and cover-up, which led to the separate condition and imprisonment of five innocent men.

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