The month of February has been set aside to celebrate the contributions of the country's African Americans. It was in 1926 that Negro History Week was first organized by historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) and others. During America's Bicentennial celebration in 1976, the one-week span was lengthened to four and February was established as Black History Month. The Canton Public Library has a vast amount of resources for and about African Americans.
A bright shining lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan
165 years ago, on January 24, 1848, gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill setting off the California Gold Rush. People began flocking to the state later that year, but the majority didn't arrive until the next year — hence the term "forty-niners." All told, the news drew some 300,000 people from all over the world (Latin America, Europe, Australia and China) between the years 1849 and 1855, to seek their fortune in California.
The California Gold Rush and the coming of the Civil War by Leonard L. Richards
Days of gold: the California Gold Rush and the American nation by Malcolm J. Rohrbough
Roaring camp: the social world of the California Gold Rush by Susan Lee Johnson
The reality of our planet is we are an aging society. Soon over half the global population will be over the age of 50. This is unprecedented in human history. What will this mean to society? A new PBS documentary is in the works, Coming of Age in America. It will look at where we live, how we work, and what impact will this have on the world. Watch your local PBS station for broadcast times.
On January 8, 1815, during the War of 1812, British forces suffered more than 2,000 casualties in their attack on New Orleans. The defending U.S. forces were led by General Andrew Jackson who became a national hero as a result. Ironically, neither side knew that the war had already ended two weeks before with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent.
The Battle of New Orleans by Robert V. Remini
The North American International Automobile Show, known as the Detroit Auto Show around here, opens to the public on Monday, January 19. The first Detroit Auto Show was held in 1907. What began as a local show is now international in scope.
The car: the evolution of the beautiful machine by Rod Green
Merrily we roll along [videodisc]: The early days of the automobile by NBC News Productions
Motorcars of the classic era by Michael Furman
American wheels, Chinese roads: the story of General Motors in China by Michael J. Dunne
President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. It declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." Every advance of Union troops into the Confederacy expanded former slaves' freedom. Additionally, the Proclamation allowed black men into the military, and by the end of the Civil War almost 200,000 black soldiers and sailors had joined and fought for the Union cause.
Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: the end of slavery in America by Allen C. Guelzo
Abraham Lincoln and the road to emancipation, 1861-1865 by William K. Klingaman
Douglass and Lincoln: how a revolutionary black leader and a reluctant liberator struggled to end slavery and save the Union by Paul Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick
The fiery trial: Abraham Lincoln and American slavery by Eric Foner
Canton Seniors Book Group meets on Thursday, January 24 at 2:00-3:00 PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. Copies of this month's book will be available after December 27. We will be discussing:
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Our favorite reads this year from the Adult and Children/Tweens/Teens Librarians:
Behind the beautiful forevers by Katherine Boo
We've got a job: the 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson
The righteous mind: why good people are divided by politics and religion by Jonathan Haidt
Paris: a love story: a memoir by Kati Marton
Mortality by Christopher Hitchens ; foreword by Graydon Carter ; afterword by Carol Blue
The recent film Argo starring Ben Affleck tells the true but improbable story of a covert operation to save six Americans hiding in the Canadian Embassy during the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis. The history of espionage is filled with many such hard to believe tales and the Library's collection has many great titles to pick from.
Double cross: the true story of the D-day spies by Ben Macintyre — What did a Polish patriot, a Peruvian party girl, a Serbian playboy, an eccentric Spanish chicken farmer, and a volatile dog-loving Frenchwoman have in common?
This year has seen several new films based or inspired on historical figures and events. Lincoln, Hitchcock, On the Road, Argo, and Hyde Park on Hudson are all either in theatres now — or soon will be. If you want to be an educated viewer try one of the titles below:
Team of rivals: the political genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Rise to greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's most perilous year by David Von Drehle
Armchair historians can't go wrong with this diverse list of recently published biographies and histories:
Thomas Jefferson: the art of power by Jon Meacham
The man who saved the union: Ulysses Grant in war and peace by H.W. Brands
The passage of power by Robert A. Caro
- 12:00 Noon — Man of Peace in a Time of War
- 1:15 PM — King: Go Beyond the Dream to Discover the Man
- 3:00 PM — In Remembrance of Martin
Thanksgiving Day kicks off a month of celebrations. May we suggest a movie, tips from Martha Stewart on Thanksgiving prepartions, a history, music to sooth, and a story about family.
Planes, trains and automobiles [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures
Martha's classic Thanksgiving [videodisc] by [presented by] Marth Stewart Living Omnimedia
Mayflower: a story of courage, community, and war by Nathaniel Philbrick
Thanksgiving night: a novel by Richard Bausch
Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated new film Lincoln opens on November 9. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis as our 16th president, and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, it is inspired by Doris Kearns Goodwin's 2005 book Team of Rivals: the political genius of Abraham Lincoln. The film focuses on Lincoln's final few months in office, specifically his tireless efforts to get the 13th Amendment to the Constitution (abolishing slavery) passed.
Step back in time as we begin the holiday season on a very entertaining note on Thursday, December 13th at 7:00 PM.