Free history Kindle books for 24 Feb 15

David McMorris: Arriving in America

by James McMorris

Historical Novel; The story of my ancestor, David McMorris, arriving in America in 1763, alone, at the age of 13. A story of the Colonies as they prepared to go to war with England.

Excerpt from book, “David, you take the one in the middle, I will take the one on the right and Will, you take the one on the left. I will give then a holler, if they do anything different than what I say shoot them.”



WHAT THE WORLD SHOULD KNOW ABOUT… BLACK HISTORY IN THE USA

by Walter Luttrell

After the the infamous U.S. “race riots” of the 1960’s there was much debate about the importance of “including” the history of African-Americans in U.S. history text books. From exploration of “the new world” as free mariners,
then the degradation of slavery and segregation (following emancipation), Blacks have made extraordinary contributions to the ever-growing list of achievements that have made this country great. Today, though our President is Black, Studies show most Americans, of ALL races, remain woefully under-informed about those contributionsâ?¦ and about heroic Whites and others who
supported Black civil rights at great peril to their own lives. This little booklet is intended only as an “educational supplement.” It is released electronically now and (hopefully later) in printed form so people anywhere in the world can, in a very short time, gain a better understanding of the Black experience in America. Please read then recommend this publication to everyone you know.
THIS is a “starting point” – for learning about the history of Black people in the evolution of the United States of America!



Christ Misunderstood: Pagan Authors

by Clinton LeFort

Introduction

The following pages looks at the works of various pagan writers, especially Tacitus, Suetonius, Pliny the Younger and Lucian of Samosata. While each of the authors will be looked at form the perspective of a pagan author, wither as historian, political figure or literary author, the point is to bring out the difference of view between those who have faith and those who fail to see the mystery of faith alice in those who do have faith.

While writing these pages I came to the crude understanding that there is no reason why anyone should empathize with Christians if they do not have the faith. All of our practices seem to be other-worldy and misunderstood, especially when those who judge us have temporal agendas that cannot be met under the Christian religions articles of faith.

Lastly, I feel more humbled than ever while reading about how so many under the pressure of persecution from Roman governments to conform denounced their faith and Christ. I pray that those who have the faith may remain faithful to Christ and grace, so that they will never have to deny him, either before man or God.

A Roman historian named Tacitus (56-117 AD) was a well known Governor, but was also a writer who wrote down an accurate history of the Roman empire. He is revered to be one of the greatest historians of all times. In his fifteenth book called the Annals of Rome he writes a passage regarding Christ and his followers. Tacitus relates that a great fired broke out in Rome and that thru the sheer effort of all, no one was able to stop the fire. Many lost their lives and their were great casualties at every level of society. No one seemed to know how the fire broke out, but it was decided by Nero accused the Christians for the fire and had them tortured. Christians were already hated by the people of Rome, so Nero’s decision seemed to be well accepted. Below is an account of Nero’s decision and actions.

Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired. Nero offered his gardens for the spectacle, and was exhibiting a show in the circus, while he mingled with the people in the dress of a charioteer or stood aloft on a car. Hence, even for criminals who deserved extreme and exemplary punishment, there arose a feeling of compassion; for it was not, as it seemed, for the public good, but to glut one man’s cruelty, that they were being destroyed. (Tacitus, 2012)



Uduma Okorie Uduma

There has been growing concern among scholars of sociology, anthropology, History, and Cultural matters and indeed an appreciable proportion of Ohafia citizenry, about the true tradition of origin of the people called “Ohafia”.

This concern arises from the difficulty in assembling empirical materials on the subject matter of Ohafia history and relations with their neighbours, particularly Abam, Abiriba, Arochukwu, Ihechiowa, Nkporo, and Ututu.

This book therefore sets out to examine and has examined what it has found to be the true and authentic tradition of Ohafia origin and socio-cultural practices particularly with regards to the correct and appropriate cultural greeting and appellation of the heroic people of Ohafia when they assemble for ceremonies or when they are being recognized by any of their neighbors at such gatherings and occasions.

Part of the book traces a claim of migration of Ohafia people from an ancient city of the Hebrew people. This is what has been called the Middle East tradition. It also traces another claim that has been called the Benin tradition. This is a claim that the Ohafia people migrated from Benin in the days of the Benin Empire through Umunede, Owan via Ndoni to Iseke Ibeku. Some people sometimes reject or play down the Benin tradition and rather project the Andoni-Obegu Isieke Ibeku Abam tradition and call it Ibeku tradition of origin. Which ever “tradition” is preferred, it is clear that Ohafia cultural heritage shows a rich historical, commercial and migratory perspective. The most important perspective is the dating of the events and sequences of the migration. The book clarifies the fact that it was Ezema Atita that founded Ohafia and not his fourth and youngest son Uduma Ezema Atita.

Based on this truth, the book suggests that Ohafia be correctly called Ohafia Ezema and not Ohafia Uduma Ezema. The right of appellation must and should rightly belong to the father in a patriarchal system.

This book, supported as it is, by very reliable and empirical data will be useful to students of sociology, anthropology, history and Igbo culture. There is no reason the general public and the entire citizenry of Ohafia and their neighbors should also not enjoy and benefit from the book.



The True Story of Axis Sally

by CL Gammon

This brief book profiles the lives of the two American women who worked for the Axis cause during World War II under the name of Axis Sally. Both of these women, one in Germany, and the other in Italy, unabashedly employed their beautiful voices in the service of Fascism. These women boldly attempted to damage Allied (especially American) morale in the European Theater.



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