British-born Benjamin Latrobe is best known to American history for his design of the United States Capitol, as well as Baltimore's cathedral. After settling first in Virginia, then relocating to Philadelphia, Latrobe spent much of his later life in Washington, D.C., where he was hired as Surveyor of the Public Buildings of the United States. Latrobe worked in Greek revival and Gothic Revival styles, and was highly interested in urban planning, particularly as it was affected by public health. Covering the years 1796 to 1820, The Journal of Latrobe is a ""collection of observations and a record of facts."" The work describes his life and projects in Virginia, Philadelphia, and finally New Orleans, where he died of the yellow fever he caught while working on a waterworks project there. These are the acute observations of an ""architect, naturalist and traveler, "" with commentary on social mores and manners, as well as the development of cities and towns, particularly Washington, D.C., in a booming post-war America.
Associate Professor of English and Director of Core Writing Cinthia Gannett
Author: Associate Professor of English and Director of Core Writing Cinthia Gannett
Publisher: SUNY Press
Category: Literary Criticism
This book explores the gendered historical and social contexts and discursive traditions that have characterized journals and diaries in academic discourse. The tension between the term "journal," which has a variety of positive public and scholarly connotations, and the term "diary," which is currently understood as a feminized, trivial, and confessional kind of writing inappropriate for school, is a critical part of the problem. This book uses the developing and shifting notions of diary and journal to explore several critical questions about the larger relations between gender, language, canonicity, and academic discourse.
An Irish Huguenot Son in Spain and Virginia, 1710-1719
Author: John Fontaine
Publisher: Colonial Williamsburg
Category: Literary Collections
Appendex: Fontaine genealogy: p. 129-132. Jacques (James) Fontaine was born in 1658 at Jenouillé, France. He married Anne Elizabeth Bopursiquot (d. 1721) at Barnstaple, England, in Feb. 1685/1686. They had eight children, 1686-1701. He died in January 1720/1721 at Dublin, Ireland. Children and grandchildren lived in England, Wales, and Virginia.
Kendrick, Benjamin B. The Journal of the Joint Committee of Fifteen on Reconstruction. 39th Congress, 1865-1867. New York: Columbia University Press, 1914. 414 pp. Three plates. Reprint available September 2004 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN 1-58477-443-6. Cloth. $90. * President Johnson's failure to pursue an aggressive Reconstruction policy incited Congress to supplant his authority by establishing the Joint Committee of Fifteen on Reconstruction, which drafted the Civil Rights Act (1866), the Reconstruction Act (1867) and the Fourteenth Amendment (1868). Due to a series of mishaps the committee's journal was never printed by the government. Brought home by Senator William Pitt Fessenden, one of the committee's members, it remained in his family until it was sold at auction. It was finally acquired by Columbia University, where it remains today. Kendrick offers the complete text of the journal (166 pages) and an extensive history of the committee's work. Published originally in the Columbia University series Studies in History, Economics and Public Law, this work is cited frequently in the literature on Reconstruction.
Allexa Smeth has believed in being prepared ever since she got caught up in a grocery store mob hours before a big snow storm in Detroit. Many years later she’s living a quiet and peaceful life in a remote region of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and still preparing. This serves her well when a horrendous natural disaster rocks the entire country and brings all shipping to a halt, leaving many without food and other necessary supplies. In her small town of Moose Creek, Allexa serves as the little needed emergency manager, but is called on when many start to feel the effects of the food and gas shortage and they don’t know where else to turn. The nearby county seat is overwhelmed and leaves Allexa to handle the problems that arise on her own. With the crisis worsening, power plants begin to divert electricity to the major cities, leaving the town a casualty of the needs of the many outweighing the needs of the few. With this happening at the beginning of winter, the timing couldn’t be worse. The lack of heat pushes the residents to the limits of endurance; some leave for the city to be taken care of, others stay only to die of exposure, starvation or illness. Still others that have stayed survive by working together, only to be attacked by outsiders wanting what little the town has left. As the winter progresses, more and more issues come up for Allexa to deal with, some of a very personal nature. Her son turns to her for help in caring for his autistic child when his wife goes missing. She then learns to prioritize and she learns she can’t save everyone.
The first book of The Journal Trilogy, Cracked Earth, was a not-so-shocking success, and made the Best Sellers list in just six weeks. Book Two, Ash Fall, continues the survival saga of Allexa Smeth and the town of Moose Creek. While the rest of the nation has begun the slow process of recovering from the devastating earthquakes of months earlier, the small town of Moose Creek is still suffering. The food bank and soup kitchen Allexa Smeth helped established to feed her community have closed, but the community rallies and finds ways to feed themselves, leaving Allexa the luxury of taking care of just her small family. Hope is on the horizon, but still out of reach. Attacked by a vicious few who would take her family’s most precious resource, Allexa Smeth fights back with her very being to protect her own, but it’s only the beginning of what’s to come. More earthquakes rock the nation and the perplexing sudden apathy of the town shocks Allexa into withdrawal when she realizes they are no longer heeding her warnings. The lasting darkness they are plunged into doesn’t have anything to do with a light switch.
"In The Journal, Theresa Bernstein, with the trained eye of the observer, painter, writer, at last comments on her own life. With the same courage that has inspired her to paint steadfastly through wildly fluctuating times, she shares her life as a twentieth-century painter. So clearly down the corridors of time does she see that this master of images seen and spoken is perhaps our truest link to our collective past." "Bernstein's reputation as a painter has continued to grow. Art connoisseurs treasure her life-filled paintings, historians her memories, and many her portrayals of life in its infinite variety. Her love for people, occasions, and places - expressed in the fine details of her paintings, drawings, and poems - continues to sustain her creative life. In the glowing yellows, pinks, and reds of her paintings she has captured the glitter of the Metropolitan Opera, the timelessness of sandy beaches, and the movement of city streets." "The Journal presents Theresa Bernstein the child, the young woman, the artist, the wife of artist William Meyerowitz, the witness and recorder of great moments and the excitement of political and artistic events, and the traveler to Europe and Israel. The element of time is a constant in Bernstein's artistic consciousness: "Now is all we have.""--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved