Heaven s Ditch

Author: Jack Kelly
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466878991
Format: PDF, ePub
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The technological marvel of its age, the Erie Canal grew out of a sudden fit of inspiration. Proponents didn't just dream; they built a 360-mile waterway entirely by hand and largely through wilderness. As excitement crackled down its length, the canal became the scene of the most striking outburst of imagination in American history. Zealots invented new religions and new modes of living. The Erie Canal made New York the financial capital of America and brought the modern world crashing into the frontier. Men and women saw God face to face, gained and lost fortunes, and reveled in a period of intense spiritual creativity. Heaven's Ditch by Jack Kelly illuminates the spiritual and political upheavals along this "psychic highway" from its opening in 1825 through 1844. "Wage slave" Sam Patch became America's first celebrity daredevil. William Miller envisioned the apocalypse. Farm boy Joseph Smith gave birth to Mormonism, a new and distinctly American religion. Along the way, the reader encounters America's very first "crime of the century," a treasure hunt, searing acts of violence, a visionary cross-dresser, and a panoply of fanatics, mystics, and hoaxers. A page-turning narrative, Heaven's Ditch offers an excitingly fresh look at a heady, foundational moment in American history.

Spirits and Cocktails of Upstate New York

Author: Donald Cazentre
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439663157
Format: PDF
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From the Hudson Valley to the Niagara River, Upstate New York has a long and grand history of spirits and cocktails. Early colonists distilled rum, and pioneering settlers made whiskey. In the 1800s, a fanciful story of a tavern keeper and a "cock's tail" took root along the Niagara River, and the earliest definition of the "cocktail" appeared in a Hudson Valley paper. The area is home to its share of spirited times and liquid legends, and the recent surge in modern distilleries and cocktail bars only bolsters that tradition. Author Don Cazentre serves up these tales of Upstate New York along with more than fifty historic and modern cocktail recipes.

Historical Dictionary of the Jacksonian Era and Manifest Destiny

Author: Mark R. Cheathem
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442273208
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This second edition of Historical Dictionary of the Jacksonian Era and Manifest Destiny contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 200 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture.

Mord im Auftrag Gottes

Author: Jon Krakauer
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783492242769
Format: PDF, ePub
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24. Juli 1984, USA: Allen Lafferty findet seine Frau bestialisch ermordet auf dem Küchenfußboden. Seine Tochter liegt in ihrem Kinderbettchen - auch sie ist tot. Die Mörder glaubten, sie handelten im Auftrag von Gott. Warum? Eine alarmierende Reportage über religiösen Fundamentalismus von Jon Krakauer, Autor des Bestsellers >In eisige Höhen. Eine große Reportage über die nahezu unglaubliche Geschichte und Gegenwart einer fundamentalistischen Bewegung im Herzen des aufgeklärten Westens.

Die Merlot Morde

Author: Ellen Crosby
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 9783404923144
Format: PDF
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Eigentlich wollte Lucie für immer in Südfrankreich bleiben. Sie liebt die französische Art zu leben und fühlt sich auch in ihrem Job als Fremdenführerin wohl. Doch dann wird ihr Vater gefunden, erschossen in seinem Weinberg. Notgedrungen kehrt Lucie zurück auf das elterliche Weingut im Herzen von Virginia - und hat schon bald einen zweiten Toten zu beklagen: ihren Patenonkel Fitz. Er ahnte, dass der Tod ihres Vaters kein Unfall war, und fand ein grausames Ende - in einem leeren Merlot-Fass ...