The Hudson Valley abounds with the history of the immigrants who settled there in the 19th century. Imagine setting out to seek your fortune in a changing world on the brink of war. In these six tales, E.A. Selig, vividly tells the stories of six immigrants, bringing to life stories of struggle, heart-ache, happiness and hope. These fictitious tales bring to life a young English immigrant girl who suffers the loss of her father; an indentured servant who buys his freedom; an Irish immigrant who endures tragedy; a German immigrant seeking his future; a freedman who grapples against prejudice and a privileged daughter who is secluded from reality. E.A.Selig's stories explore what might have been in New York's Hudson Valley, and shed light on the period, allowing readers to follow these admirable young Americans, as they seek their own identity in this new world.
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P.D.A. Harvey is a historian of medieval rural England with a wide interest in the history of cartography; this collection of his essays brings together both these strands. It first looks at the English countryside from the 10th century to the 15th, investigating problems in particular documents, in the village community and in underlying long-term changes. How landlords drew profits from their property in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, how and why there followed changes in the way landed estates were run and in the written records they produced, what new light their personal seals can throw on medieval peasants, are all among the topics discussed, while the local management of large estates and the development of the peasant land market are themes that recur throughout. There follow essays on the way maps were brought into the management of landed estates in the 16th and 17th centuries, starting with the introduction of consistent scale into mapping, a new concept crucially important in the general history of topographical maps. The collection closes by looking at some of the traps that both documents and maps set for the historian of the English countryside.