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Sergeant York And His People

  Excerpt: BY SAM K. COWAN GROSSET DUNLAP PUBLISHERS NEW YORK By Arrangement with Funk Wagnalls Company [Stamped: 1610 Capital Heights Jr. High School Library Montgomery, Copyright, 1922, By FUNK WAGNALLS COMPANY [Printed in the United States of America] Copyright Under the Articles of the Copyright Convention of the Pan-American Republics and the United States August 11, 1910. To FLOY PASCAL COWAN THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED, WITH A LOVE THAT WANES NOT, BUT GROWS AS THE YEARS ROLL ON [Transcribers's Notes] This book complements 'History of The World War' (Gutenberg 18993)a broad view of many events and personswith a personal and dramatic view of an Ideal American Soldier: thoughtful, brave, modest, charitable, loyal. Here are some unfamiliar (to me) words. badinage Light, playful banter. Chapultepec Hill south of Mexico City, Mexico; site of an American victory on September 13, 1847 in the Mexican War. condoling Express sympathy or sorrow. currycomb Square comb with rows of small teeth used to groom (curry) horses. enured Made tough by habitual exposure. fastness Strongly fortified defensive structure; stronghold. kamerad Comrade [German]. lagnappe Trifling present given to customers; a gratuity. levee Formal reception, as at a royal court. predial Relating to, containing, or possessing land; attached to, bound to, or arising from the land. puncheon Short wooden upright used in structural framing; Piece of broad, heavy, roughly dressed timber with one face finished flat. scantlings Small timber used in construction. tho Though [End Transcribers's Notes] Contents SERGEANT ALVIN C. YORK I A FIGHT IN THE FOREST OF THE ARGONNE II A 'Long Hunter' Comes to the Valley III The People of the Mountains IV The Molding of a Man V The People of Pall Mall VI Sergeant York's Own Story VII Two More Deeds of Distinction SERGEANT ALVIN C. YORK From a cabin back in the mountains of Tennessee, forty-eight miles from the r...

Building a State in Apache Land

  Excerpt: From articles of Charles D. Poston in the Overland Express Section I Section II Section III Section IV I How the Territory Was Acquired In San Francisco in the early fifties, there was a house on the northeast corner of Stockton and Washington, of considerable architectural pretensions for the period, which was called the 'Government Boarding House.' The cause of this appellation was that the California senators and their families, a member of Congress and his wife, the United States marshal, and several lesser dignitaries of the Federal Government, resided there. In those early days private mansions were few; so the boarding-house formed the only home of the Argonauts. After the ladies retired at night, the gentlemen usually assembled in the spacious parlor, opened a bottle of Sazerac, and discussed politics. It was known to the senators that the American minister in Mexico had been instructed to negotiate a new treaty with Mexico for the acquisition of additional territory; not that there was a pressing necessity for more land, but for reasons which will be briefly stated: 1st. By the treaty of 1848, usually called Guadaloupe Hidalgo,[A] the government of the United States had undertaken to protect the Mexicans from the incursions of Indians within the United States boundary, and as this proved to be an impractical undertaking, the damages on account of failure began to assume alarming proportions, and the government of the United States was naturally anxious to be released from the obligation. 2. The Democratic party was in the plenitude of power, and the Southern States were dominant in the Administration. It had been the dream of this element for many years to construct a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, and the additional territory was required for 'a pass'. It was not known at that early day that railroads could be constructed across the Rocky Mountains at a higher latitude, and it was feared that snow and ice mig...

Family in Society

  a selection from the beginning of the:Preface: The experiences of human life are almost limitless. To write meaningfully about the complicated world of human experience one must find ways of bringing order into the data, ways of focusing on and highlighting certain experiences. This is the purpose of a perspective. Viewing the American family in sociological perspective, then, this book is an attempt to describe and analyze the American family within the context, first, of its involvement with society and, second, of its involvement in the lives of individuals. Thus, in the following chapters the family is viewed not as an isolated phenomenon but as a unit significant and essential to society. The family is a social system that is responsive to the cultural and social milieu in which it operates. By limiting the scope of the analysis of the family to one society--American society--we avoid the oversimplification that might result from a comparative analysis of the family in a large number of societies. The comparative method utilized in intersocietal or cross-societal description and analysis of family structure and function tends by its eclecticism toward the danger of superficiality in family-to-family comparisons. In the process of such comparison the unit of comparison, in this case the family, is 'freed' from the social and cultural milieu in which it is formed and in which it operates. Comparative analysis of this sort is markedly useful in assessing the breadth of human ingenuity in handling the sex-marriage-family functions, but it does little to aid the student in understanding the role of the family within society. Hence there are some advantages in intrasocietal comparisons--comparison of the goals of the society with the goals of the family; comparison of the structure and functions of the family with that of other subsystems in the society (the polity, the economy, the school, the church--along with consideration of the interplay between the family and the other social systems); and comparison of the contemporary family in situ with earlier forms of the family in situ during precedent periods of history. As Ruth Benedict points out in Patterns of Culture (1934), aspects of family living are not special items of human behavior with their own generic drives and motivations which have determined their past history and will determine their future, but are the occasions 'which any society may seize upon to express its important cultural intentions.' From this point of view the significant sociological unit to utilize in understanding aspects of family life is not the family per se but rather the society in which family functions are performed. The study of the family or any other social system requires attention to the unique social forces that influence, determine, and perhaps dominate adaptive social systems, such as the family. Contemporary students of the family thus have taken a cue from earlier researchers who studied the family from the institutional point of view and who analyzed the 'family in community.' It should be noted, though, that American family sociology, in contrast to European family sociology, still appears to be disproportionately oriented toward treatment of the family as a closed system, not a social system in situ. We must avoid taking a monolithic view of American society, however. American society has often been pictured as an extreme example of lack of integration. Its 'huge complexity' and rapid changes from generation to generation make inevitable a lack of harmony between its elements that may not occur in simpler societies. As we have said, though, by limiting the scope of our analysis to one society we may avoid some of the danger of oversimplifying a complex society. As Oscar Lewis experienced, based on intensive studies in Mexico...

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