Download E-books Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad PDF

The interesting tale of a friendship, a misplaced culture, and a major discovery, revealing how enslaved women and men made encoded quilts after which used them to navigate their get away at the Underground Railroad.  

"A groundbreaking work."--Emerge

In Hidden in simple View, historian Jacqueline Tobin and pupil Raymond Dobard provide the 1st evidence that definite duvet styles, together with a well known one referred to as the Charleston Code, have been, actually, crucial instruments for get away alongside the Underground Railroad. In 1993, historian Jacqueline Tobin met African American quilter Ozella Williams amid piles of lovely home made quilts within the previous industry construction of Charleston, South Carolina. With the admonition to "write this down," Williams started to describe how slaves made coded quilts and used them to navigate their break out at the Underground Railroad. yet simply as fast as she began, Williams stopped, informing Tobin that she might examine the remaining whilst she used to be "ready."   throughout the 3 years it took for Williams's narrative to unfold--and because the friendship and belief among the 2 girls grew--Tobin enlisted Raymond Dobard, Ph.D., an paintings historical past professor and recognized African American quilter, to assist get to the bottom of the mystery.

Part experience and half heritage, Hidden in simple View strains the foundation of the Charleston Code from Africa to the Carolinas, from the low-country island Gullah peoples to unfastened blacks dwelling within the towns of the North, and indicates how 3 humans from different backgrounds pieced jointly one striking American tale.

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Download E-books The Lower River PDF

By Paul Theroux

“[Hock] is familiar with he's ensorcelled by way of exoticism, yet he can’t aid himself. And, as issues move from undesirable to worse and the pages begin to flip swifter, neither will we. A.”—Entertainment Weekly

When he used to be a tender guy, Ellis Hock spent 4 of the simplest years of his existence with the Peace Corps in Malawi. So while his spouse of forty-two years leaves him, he comes to a decision to come back to the village the place he used to be stationed looking for the happiness he’d been lacking considering that he left. yet what he reveals isn't really what he anticipated. the college he outfitted is a spoil, the church and sanatorium are long gone, and poverty and apathy have set in one of the humans.

They have in mind Ellis and welcome him with open fingers. quickly, even if, their overtures flip menacing; they call for cash and refuse to enable him depart the village. Is his new existence an get away or a catch?

“Theroux’s bravely unsentimental novel a couple of zone the place he started his personal grand occupation may still turn into a part of anybody’s schooling within the continent.”—Washington Post

The decrease River is riveting in its storytelling and provocative in its depiction of this African backwater, infusing either with undertones of slavery and cannibalism, savagery and disease.”—New York instances e-book Review

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Download E-books A History of Modern Africa: 1800 to the Present PDF

By Richard J. Reid

Up-to-date and revised to stress long term views on present matters dealing with the continent, the recent 2nd variation of A historical past of recent Africa recounts the complete breadth of Africa's political, monetary, and social background over the last centuries.

  • Adopts a long term method of present concerns, stressing the significance of nineteenth-century and deeper indigenous dynamics in explaining Africa's later twentieth-century challenges
  • Places a better specialise in African service provider, specially throughout the colonial encounter
  • Includes extra in-depth insurance of non-Anglophone Africa
  • Offers increased assurance of the post-colonial period to take account of contemporary advancements, together with the clash in Darfur and the political unrest of 2011 in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya

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Download E-books Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us about Humanity PDF

By G. A. Bradshaw

Drawing on debts from India to Africa and California to Tennessee, and on examine in neuroscience, psychology, and animal habit, G. A. Bradshaw explores the minds, feelings, and lives of elephants. Wars, hunger, mass culls, poaching, and habitat loss have lowered elephant numbers from greater than ten million to some hundred thousand, leaving orphans bereft of the elders who would routinely mentor them. consequently, traumatized elephants became competitive opposed to humans, different animals, or even each other; their habit is similar to that of people who've skilled genocide, different varieties of violence, and social cave in. by means of exploring the elephant brain and adventure within the wild and in captivity, Bradshaw bears witness to the breakdown of old elephant cultures.

All isn't really misplaced. individuals are operating to avoid wasting elephants through rescuing orphaned babies and rehabilitating grownup zoo and circus elephants, utilizing a similar rules psychologists practice in treating people who've survived trauma. Bradshaw urges us to aid those and different versions of elephant restoration and to resolve urgent social and environmental crises affecting all animals, human or not.

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Download E-books Half of a Yellow Sun PDF

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

With easy grace, celebrated writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal second in glossy African background: Biafra's impassioned fight to set up an self sufficient republic in southeastern Nigeria in the course of the past due Nineteen Sixties. We event this tumultuous decade along 5 unforgettable characters: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, a college professor packed with innovative zeal; Olanna, the professor’s attractive younger mistress who has deserted her existence in Lagos for a dusty city and her lover’s allure; and Richard, a shy younger Englishman infatuated with Olanna’s willful dual sister Kainene. Half of a Yellow Sun is a greatly evocative novel of the promise, wish, and unhappiness of the Biafran struggle.

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Download E-books UNESCO General History of Africa, Volume 3: Africa from the Seventh to the Eleventh Century PDF

The results of years of labor through students from around the world, The UNESCO normal background of Africa displays how the various peoples of Africa view their civilizations and exhibits the ancient relationships among many of the components of the continent. ancient connections with different continents show Africa's contribution to the advance of human civilization. every one quantity is lavishly illustrated and includes a entire bibliography.

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Download E-books The Last Rhinos: My Battle to Save One of the World's Greatest Creatures PDF

By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence

The inspiring real tale of "the Indiana Jones of conservation." ―The mum or dad (UK)

When Lawrence Anthony, writer of The Elephant Whisperer, cared for not just elephants yet different sorts of natural world, together with rhinos, on his nature reserve. So whilst he discovered that there have been just a handful of northern white rhinos left within the wild, dwelling in a space of the Congo managed by means of the notorious Lord's Resistance military, he was firm to save lots of them from extinction. If the area misplaced this subspecies of rhinoceros, it might be the most important land mammal because the woolly gigantic to head extinct, a tragedy when you care in regards to the world's endangered species.

What was once a rare experience, as Anthony headed into the jungle to invite the rebels to aid safeguard the rhino. occasionally humorous, occasionally relocating, and regularly exciting, The final Rhinos tells the tale of his struggle to save lots of those amazing creatures.

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Download E-books Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary PDF

By Joseph Conrad

Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, recounts his actual and mental trip looking for the notorious ivory dealer Kurtz. touring up river to the center of the African continent, he steadily turns into obsessed through this enigmatic, wraith-like determine. A haunting and highly influential Modernist masterpiece, center of Darkness explores the boundaries of human adventure in addition to the nightmarish realities of imperialism. a part of an incredible sequence of latest variants of Conrad's most renowned works in Penguin Classics, this Enriched publication comprises Conrad's Congo Diary.

Enriched e-book positive aspects Editor Timothy S. Hayes offers the subsequent in particular commissioned good points for this Enriched publication Classic:
Telling Africa's tale this day: contemporary motion pictures approximately Africa
modern stories of middle of Darkness
extra Reading
personality Sketches
Diagram of a standard Congo Steamer, ca. 1890
pictures of the Congo
Enriched booklet Notes

The enriched booklet structure invitations readers to move past the pages of those liked works and achieve extra perception into the lifestyles and instances of an writer and the interval during which the e-book used to be initially written for a wealthy studying adventure.

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Download E-books Små solfåglar långt borta PDF

By Christie Watson

12-åriga Blessing och hennes storebror Ezikiel avgudar sin högröstade some distance och sin glamorösa mama och njuter av ett bekvämt liv i Lagos. males allt ändras radikalt den dagen mama hittar a ways ovanpå en annan kvinna. Mama, Blessing och Ezikiel tvingas lämna allt och flytta until eventually en liten by way of i Nigerdeltat där benefits mormor och morfar bor. Här råder brist på det mesta och allt är annorlunda: toalett och kylskåp finns inte alls, att få gå i skolan är ingen självklarhet och de måste byta faith. Från att ha varit kristna blir de nu muslimer. Genom advantages ögon får vi följa hur familjen trots uppbrott och svårigheter försöker hålla ihop och bygga ett nytt liv i denna främmande och konfliktfyllda del av Nigeria.

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