Catherine Slaney grew into womanhood unaware of her celebrated Black ancestors. An unanticipated meeting was to change her life. Her great-grandfather was Dr. Anderson Abbott, the first Canadian-born Black to graduate from medical school in Toronto in 1861. In Family Secrets Catherine Slaney narrates her journey along the trail of her family tree, back through the era of slavery and the plight of fugitive slaves, the Civil War, the Elgin settlement near Chatham, Ontario, and the Chicago years. Why did some of her family identify with the Black Community while others did not? What role did "passing" play? Personal anecdotes and excerpts from archival Abbott family papers enliven the historical context of this compelling account of a family dealing with an unknown past. A welcome addition to African-Canadian history, this moving and uplifting story demonstrates that understanding one’s identity requires first the embracing of the past. "When Catherine Slaney first consulted me, her intention was to research the life of her distinguished ancestor Anderson R. Abbott. After she told me her story of the discovery of her African heritage and the search for her roots, I urged her to make that the subject of her book. Cathy has served both of these objectives, giving us an intricate and fascinating account of her quest for her own lost identity through the gradual illumination of Dr. Abbott and his legacy for modern Canadians. Family Secrets carries an important message about the issue of ’race’ as a historical artifact and as a factor in the lives of real people." – James W. St. G. Walker, University of Waterloo "This is a welcome addition to the growing collection of African-Canadian materials that connects an unknown past to a promising future. That Slaney was unaware of her Black ancestry, despite that heritage being so rich and powerful, speaks to the dilemma of Black history research – it is there but requires considerable digging to uncover." – Rosemary Sadlier, President, Ontario Black History Society
This is the first of a series of documentary histories of emancipation designed to tell the story of the transit of black people from slavery to freedom in the United States. The series will provide a social history of emancipation, written in the words of the emancipated. This volume explains how black military service helped to destroy slavery, and how the experience of soldiering shaped the life of black people (in the army and out) during and after the war; it also provides a social history of black soldiers.
This is a true story of television star Gardner McKay of the 1960’s era. Gardner was born in New York City on June 10, 1932 and died on November 21, 2001. At the time of his death he was writing his own memoir and had become a famous author in his own right. Beverly wrote her memoir back in the 1960’s and this is her journal. The story starts in Venice, Florida on November 23, 2001 and then drifts back to the 1960’s when Beverly is a teenager. She has fond memories of that time when she was very much in awe of the star of Adventures in Paradise. The series was produced by 20th Century Fox. The star of the show received over 1000 fan letters a week at the studio. It was very unusual at that time, as he was unknown in show business until then. His dog Pussycat also became a star, as he was written about in numerous movie magazines. Also many starlets were associated with the star that remained a bachelor until the 1980’s. When the Adventures in Paradise series ended, Gardner starred in a movie The Pleasure Seekers with Ann Margaret, Carol Lynley, Tony Franciosa, Pamela Tiffin, Andre Lawrence, Gene Tierney and Brian Keith. After that he went on to do summer stock in playhouses throughout the country. He starred in The Mousetrap, Bells Are Ringing, The Fantasticks, Any Wednesday, Funny Girl, and My Three Angels and perhaps more. Beverly, the author, was able to see him perform in four plays in the Midwest. These plays were The Mousetrap, The Fantasticks, Any Wednesday (that even starred Loretta Swit) and Funny Girl. She kept a journal at that time (her teenage years) and did not open it until recently to write this book. The story was started some 40 years ago. She writes with much emotion and tenderness about her celebrity idol, Mr. Gardner McKay. She is not alone in her feelings. He was a very talented and powerful figure. He was tall, 6ft. 5”and built like a Greek god. Life Magazine said that he would launch a million sighs. Gardner was very intense with a very romantic voice that could melt just about anyone. Her adventures begin May 9, 1965, Mother’s Day at the Drury Lane Theatre in Evergreen Park, Illinois. Ashley Dickens a portrait artist for this book wrote, “This is a lovely tribute to Gardner....a young girl’s memory of meeting her hero for the first time. The readers will share in the emotions as she sat in the theater; filled with anticipation; watching, and waiting for him to appear on the stage...how she felt as she actually got to speak with him and receive his autograph...the thrill of actually bestowing him with a precious gift of herself, a gentle kiss placed lovingly upon his cheek...and him, understanding and appreciating a fan’s caring, saying “Thank you!” It is a touching story, and I am sure that many, many “young ladies” of our generation will understand her feelings and enjoy reading it. It will bring back a lot of fond memories of the late 1950’s and 1960’s. This book contains rare photographs of Gardner McKay, many never published before.
This is the story of a Muslim woman, Abeeda (Beeda), who leads a double life. On the one hand she is a pious mother of four sons, but under the veil she is a daring, independent-minded woman with a sexuality, and a liking for risky behavior, that she keeps secret from those closest to her. We follow her story in two different time frames. As a woman in her forties, dealing with the tragic death of her son from AIDS, Abeeda is drawn into the world of casino gambling and quickly develops a gambling addiction, in which she convulsively wins and loses large amounts of money. In a serious of flash backs we also trace her life as a woman in her twenties, from the time when her husband left her, through a torrid affair with her younger sister's fiance (and then husband) Imran. The episodes in the casino are intense - the compulsive attraction and the nightmare of gambling are made vivid to the reader. On the other hand, Abeeda's involvement in her community, and her genuine spiritual seeking, are also very clear. Weaving together these captivating main story lines are numerous subplots involving her family, religion, friends and her life in the community.
EVERYONE NEEDS A HERO In the heart of the Cape flats, gangsters and drug dealers hold communities hostage. The average Cape Malay is not the go meekly into the darkness sort of person. They have a history of hardship, brutality and a stubborn determination not be subjugated. So it should come as no surprise that the anti-drug committees in various suburbs on the Cape Flats are developing a stronger more violent rhetoric. And when they are hijacked by a radical religious sect, lit fuses becomes more than just a clich. Linda Chambers has a nine year old daughter -Lisa who is being stalked by a dangerous predator and the police refuse to help. In desperation she turns to her brother, he is street smart and he knows people. Or rather he knows Iron. As Iron delves deeper he finds things are not what they seem is it ever? The predator stalking Lisa is not acting alone; he is connected and protected, pitting Iron against a criminal organisation that will stop at nothing to carve out a niche in the Cape Flats underworld. And whats the connection between religious fanatics who want to recruit Iron and an Imam with ties to the underworld? Set in Cape Town, Tarnished Men is a non-stop ride through a post-apartheid South Africa, still brimming with hate and resentment. What they said about Reaching Discontent by Hagler: Reaching Discontent is a powerful new novel from a man who understands a world most of us will never experience. You get a very engaging story and the characters are not one dimensional - each of them have their own demons and the actions they take have consequences, sometimes dire, to those they love - eBook of the Month Club. Recommended reading! Benjamin Jones Author of the Humanities Ultimate Battle Series a rip-roaring, blood-soaked adventure storyReaching Discontent is much more than its street fighting. Its a well-crafted, lavishly descriptive novel -Shafiq Morton Surfing Behind the Wall blog spot.
Quand les poètes chantent la science, ils changent de répertoire, portés qu'ils sont habituellement à chanter l'amour et la mort, leurs peines et leurs joies. Leur mélancolie fait place à un exposé sur le mouvement des astres, un madrigal à un cours d'anatomie. Ils quittent, au moins partiellement, leur vie affective pour un monde rationnel. Est-ce alors encore de la poésie, de la " vraie " poésie ? Quand les poètes chantent la science, il faut, oui, s'attendre au pire comme au meilleur, le pire pour en rire (peut-être), le meilleur pour le bonheur. En cela, nous suivons Hugo quand il proclame dans la préface des Orientales, que " tout a droit de cité en poésie ", et pourquoi pas la science. L'auteur fait une analyse très approfondie sur les rapports entre science et poésie au cours des siècles. Le lecteur fera de nombreuses découvertes, ira de surprise en surprise, du rire à l'émotion. À offrir aux curieux, scientifiques comme littéraires.
The Slangman Guide to STREET SPEAK 1 takes you through the colorful and popular world of everyday American slang and idioms used by all native speakers of English in the US. It has been featured on CNN, BBC, Voice of America, and several other international TV broadcasts.For ESL (English as a Second Language) students, this book equals years of living in the USA and will help you to quickly integrate into the American culture by learning not only the slang and idioms, but we'll also take you through the contractions and reductions used by everyone such as I dunno ("I do not know") and D'jeet jet? ("Did you eat yet?") and so many others.Entertaining dialogues, activities and games will make sure you have a blast ("have fun") and don't sweat it ("get tense") as you get up to speed ("become current") on all the typical slang and idioms used by virtually every native speaker! So chill out ("relax"), kick back ("get comfortable") as you learn the real language spoken by virtually all of us in the USA!NOTE: Audio CDs sold separately.The Slangman Guide to STREET SPEAK 1 contains popular chapters on slang and idioms associated with:PartiesShoppingMoviesAirportsRestaurantsHealthMarketsAt SchoolDating