Italian roots seekers will find help in the beginners guide Finding Your Italian Ancestors by Suzanne Russo Adams (Turner Publishing). Adams offers instruction for getting started and using microfilmed Italian records through the Family History Library. Shell also show you what you can find online and in Italian archives.
Paul Harding won the Pulitzer for his debut novel Tinkers (Bellevue Literary Press), about a dying grandfathers musings. The story traces the mans life back to his childhood in Maine, when his father was a tinker and traveling salesman. Family dynamics emerge against the backdrop of a 19th-century horse-and-carriage world.
The Color of the Land: Race, Nation, and the Politics of Land Ownership in Oklahoma, 1832-1929 by David A. Chang (University of North Carolina Press) reveals the history of Creek Indians, blacks and whites in Oklahoma. Chang covers the 1830s forced removal of the Creeks, slavery, statehood, and the private land ownership that led to sharecropping and white supremacy.
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