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A House Dividing

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A House Dividing compares Virginia and Pennsylvania to answer a crucial question of American history: how did slavery undermine the development of the southern economy? Extensive archival research reveals that in the first decades of the nineteenth century, local residents in each state financed transportation improvements to raise land values and spur commercial growth. In the 1830s, however, Philadelphia capitalists began financing Pennsylvania's railroad network, eventually building integrated systems that reached deep within the Midwest. Virginia's railroads, still dependent upon local investment and funds from the state government, remained a collection of local lines without western connections. The lack of a great city that could provide capital and traffic for large-scale railroads was the Achilles' heel of Virginia's slave economy. The chains of slavery, Virginians learned to their dismay, also shackled the invisible hand of the market.


A Doll's House

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In 'A Doll's House', Ibsen questions the subservience of married women and their role in the family. The play follows the development of Nora, whose life of wifely comfort and apparent careless domesticity is thrown into turmoil by the appearance of Krogstad, who threatens to reveal a fraud she has committed to aid Torvald, her husband. When the truth finally is revealed, rather than praising Nora for the risks she has taken to aid him, Torvald rejects his wife as a destroyer of his career and status. This repudiation effects a change in Nora and she decides - to Torvald's consternation and horror - to abandon her 'little woman' role, and live life on her own terms.


Easy-to-build Birdhouses

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Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.


Race And Ethnicity In America

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Featuring essays by leading historians, including Carol Berkin, Andrew Heinze, Earl Lewis, and Mai M. Ngai, "Race and Ethnicity in America" is a timely introduction to the interrelated themes of race, ethnicity, and immigration in American history and a first-stop resource for students and others exploring the historical roots of today's identity politics. Spanning from 1600 to 2000 and covering everything from the Trail of Tears to the Black Power movement, the book is comprehensive both chronologically and in terms of ethnic groups addressed: It examines not only the history of black-white relations in America, but also the experiences of Irish Catholics, Native Americans, Latinos, Jews, and many others. Topics covered include anti-Catholicism and nativism, slavery and abolitionism, Indian removal, assimilation and scientific racism, the National Origins Act, the civil rights movement, and contemporary debates over affirmative action and bilingualism.


The Firehouse

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Margaret is a Kentucky belle, and Rich is a Wyoming cowboy. She has struggled to find direction in her life, while he is still dealing with the fallout from his fractured marriage.

In spite of their differing backgrounds, they become fast friends as soon as they meet and are soon working together and sharing an apartment in New York City in late summer of 2001 as they try to put their lives back on track. Together, they run the Firehouse, a small but thriving restaurant in a century-old building a few blocks from Grand Central Station.

As they grow closer, the broken pieces of their lives begin to mend. They experience the adventure that living in New York can offer, and the day-to-day lives that they lead are punctuated with the glitz as well as the tragedy that life in the city has to offer. Only time will tell, however, whether they can manage to let go of their pasts in order to allow true healing to start and love to flourish.

This novel tells the story of two wanderers brought together by fate as they work to break down the barriers that have kept them apart.



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