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Newsletter Subtitle John Palmer's CRAZY CRATES 48 & 49
Month, Day, Year:  April 2, 2010

Consolidated Crazy Crates JP 48 and 49 from
John Palmer and Michiana Book Publications.

Updated through March 28, 2010.April 2, 2010
News of some Seminars you might wish to attend.  We will not be there, but some interesting speakers will be and other vendors may attend.  Check them out!
April 10, 2010
St. Charles Co. Historical Society, Saturday, April 10, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Technology Bldg. Room 101 at St.Charles Community College.  Sponsored by:  St Charles Co. Historical Society
(636) 946-9828.  www.scchs@mail.win.org
April 24, 2010
Sonoma County Genealogical Society - Saturday April 24, 2010. 
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Registration 8:00 a.m.)  Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Harry A. Merlo Theater, Hwy 101 at River Rd, Santa Rosa  (707) 763-4492.
   www.scgs.org.  or  www.scgs.org/calendar.html.
e-mail: pat@yogs.com
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Hello Everyone,
Well, we're all anxious for good weather to come and let us get out of the house and back on the road to do more genealogy conferences.  We hope to see you at some of them.  Here are the conferences which John Palmer plans to attend so far in 2010.
April 10:
Indiana State Genealogical Society Conference.
AllenCounty Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
April 16 and 17:
Wisconsin State Genealogical Gene-A-Rama
Holiday Inn, Manitowac, Wisconsin
April 24:
Quad Cities Genealogical Society Conference
Viking Club, Moline, Illinois
May and June:
No conferences scheduled so far.
July 10:
German Interest Group - University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Whitewater, Wisconsin
August 6 - 7:
Midwestern Roots,
Indianapolis, Indiana  (more information coming soon)
September 25:
Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society Seminar
Lawrence Center, Lawrence, Michigan
October  16:
Louisville Genealogical Society Conference
Bear Grass Creek Church, Louisville, Kentucky
October 23:
Illinois State Genealogical Society Conference
Historic Pere Marquette Hotel, Peoria, Illinois
October 30:
Elkhart County Genealogical Society Conference
Elkhart Historical Society Museum, Bristol, Indiana
November 5 and 6:
Western Michigan Genealogical Society Seminar
(more information coming soon)
Here are the books still remaining on our shelves or that we have replaced from our previous listings on CRAZY CRATES JP 48 and 49.
CRAZY CRATE JP 48  BOOK 2:  THE NATURE OF JACKSONIAN AMERICA.  Edited by Douglas T. Miller.  New York:  John Wiley and Sons, Inc.  1972.  152 pages.  Hardcover.  Note:  ex-library copy, with bar codes, library stamps, check-out pocket, etc.  The binding is tight and the pages are clean.  This book is part of a series designed to introduce history to serious readers and show students how experienced historians read and reason.  For more than a century, historians have considered the second quarter of the nineteenth century to be of fundamental importance in the development of the American nation.  When they have set out to define precisely what makes this period important, however, historians have not always agreed.  Traditionally, the preeminence of the era was seen as resulting from its political developments.  However some historians have questioned nearly every aspect of the traditional interpretation, including the sudden flowering of democracy in the late 1820s and 1830s, saying that the middle-class democratic society of the common man was never submerged and so did not dramatically reemerge as Jacksonian Democracy.  While other historians have begun to argue that political, social, and economic equality was more rhetorical than real, and that the economic developments of the time helped to create sharper social stratifications.  The Jacksonian generation witnessed the transformation of the United States from a traditional, pre-industrial society, which was slow to accept innovations, to a modern capitalistic nation in which people believed that society could be transformed.  The revolution in industry and transportation as well as the psychological, moral, ideological and political changes in the period from the 1820s to the 1840s made this age a modern one.   The book breaks down the era into three major areas:)  A Time of Change, 2) An Age of Anxieties, and 3) Politics and Reform, providing 20 chapters of well thought-out reflections by various historians.    Price:  $7.50
CRAZY CRATE JP 48  BOOK 3:  THE YEAR OF DECISION, 1846.    By Bernard Devoto.  Boston:  Little Brown, 1943.  524 pages. hardcover.  Note:  On inside of front fly-leaf:  "Property of Pvt. Ray S. Kacznauk.  1st. Rec. and 4th Bn. T. C. R. T. C. New Orleans."  Note on inside half title page:  "Pleasant hours Brother Ray from your Sister Helen, June 9, 1943."   The binding is tight and the pages are clean.  Note:  the book shows some signs of wear on the cloth cover, but the printing on the front and spine is still very clear.  This is the richest, most personal, and, probably the most important book on the opening of the West and the making of the United States that has been published for many years.  This is the story of some people who went West in 1846; our focus is the lives of certain men, women, and children moving West.  They will be on the scene in different groupings: some emigrants, some soldiers, some refugees, some adventurers, plus virtuous heroes, villains, bystanders and others.   It is, in many ways, told like a novel, for much of it is made out of journals and letters in which talk and experience are written down informally.  And like a novel, this history has a plot center.  It is the year of 1846, year of decision for the United States.  All that happens in this story comes under the spotlight in 1846.  It was the turning point of our history.  Then, even the intellectual practicing of a kind of spiritual communion at Brook Farm began to talk about the Manifest Destiny of the Americans to be a continental people, although they hated politics and war.  Then, the single-track mind of President Polk determined that we must have the Southwest and California.  In that year we marched into Mexico from the recently annexed state of Texas, and soon found ourselves with a vast territory on our hands, and a momentous decision to make, which could not be escaped, was it to be slave or free? The book, itself is narrative, the first-hand experience of Americans moving West. There are the mountain men, there are the Mormons, there is Francis Parkman on horseback in the West, there was Colonel Ethan Hitchcock who kept a journal, and there is the record of Donophan's First Missouri, who marked 3,500 miles through Indian country and added thousands of square miles to the United States.  Sometimes the book is homely and detailed, sometimes written in sweeping historical generalizations, sometimes in vivid passages of dramatic narrative, often by quotation.  Interspersed in the text and woven into the narrative are biographical sketches of the leaders of the day, which are singularly fresh and often very different from the conventional accounts with which most readers are familiar:  Fremont, Polk, General Scott, General Taylor, Parkman, Buchanan and more.  The twelve-page index coves nearly 800 entries.  Price:  $5.00
CRAZY CRATE JP 48  BOOK 4:  THE DAY THE WAR ENDED.  May 8, 1945.  Victory in Europe.  By Martin Gilbert.  New York:  Henry Holt and Company.  1995.    473 pages.  Hardcover.  May 8, 1945, 23:30 hours:  With war still raging in the Pacific, peace comes at last in Europe, as, one half hour before midnight, the German High Command in Berlin signs the final instrument of surrender.  After five years and eight months, the war in Europe is officially over.  If you were in Paris, it had ended nine months before, and if you were in the Belsen or Dachau concentration camps, it ended with the arrival of British and American tanks in April.  If you were serving in the Pacific, your war would not end until August.    This is the story of that single day fifty years ago and of the days leading to it.  Hour by hour, place by place, it recounts the final spasms of a continent in turmoil.  Here are the stories of combat soldiers and ordinary civilians, collaborators and resistance fighters, statesmen and war criminals.  Here are the victorious, the defeated, the liberated, and the long-subjugated.  As with everything else he writes, Martin Gilbert chronicles the personal stories as well as the public events, all in vivid, dramatic detail.  Stretching across the face of Europe and into Asia, encompassing the United States, Australia, and the Pacific, this book brings alive the last moments in this all-consuming conflict. Over 60 maps and illustrations enhance the text.  The thirty-eight page index covers over 3,000 entries.  Price:  $15.00
CRAZY CRATE JP 48  BOOK 5:  THE CHINA TRADE.  Export Paints, Furniture, Silver and Other Objects.  By Carl L. Crossman.  Princeton:  The Pyne Press.  1972.  2nd printing,   1973.  275 pages.  Hardcover.  Note:  the dust jacket is torn at the bottom, the top and the spine.  The binding is tight and the pages are clean.  Decorative and useful wares from the Orient have fascinated generations of Americans.  Objects made in Chinese and Western styles filled out the cargoes of tea, silks and chinaware which began reaching the United States on American ships after the Revolutionary War.  The luxurious furnishings, fine paintings of ships and ports, and delicate accessories were the truly valuable, lasting prizes of long, arduous voyages.  By the early 1800s, in the words of Samuel Eliot Morison, "Boston was the Spain, Salem the Portugal, in the race for Oriental opulence."  Great merchant families from these port cities, such as the Crowningshields and the Forges, established the most important trading companies, virtual dynasties which rivaled those of the Chinese Hong merchants of Canton with whom they dealt.  The rich inheritance of the last years of the eighteenth and early decades of the nineteenth century is expertly discussed and illustrated. This volume is devoted to all categories of fine objects made for export, except that of porcelain.  A most important section of the present volume presents the early portrait, port and ship painters.  The first group of Chinese artists painting in the Western manner for American and European clients has never been clearly identified or accounted for.  According to Mr. Crossman, "A great deal of new material has been unearthed and presented, with period references and accounts . . "  This book is superb visual history.  The 40 full color and 188 black and white illustrations with additional marginal glosses document one of the most exciting and colorful chapters in the American chronicle of foreign trade.  Price:  $15.00
CRAZY CRATE JP 48  BOOK 7:  THE STORY OF AMERICAN HUNTING AND FIREARMS.  By the Editors of Outdoor Life, With Paintings by Ralph Crosby Smith and Drawings by Nicholas Elggenhofer and Ray Pioch.  New York:  Outdoor Life.  McGraw-Hill Book Co.  1959. 172 pages.  Hardcover.    Note:  The pages are clean and the binding is still very good, but not completely tight.  A matching box shows some wear around the corners and edges.  This coffee-table size book provides 15 detailed chapters on the history of early Native American hunting, and the gradual progress of firearms from the sixteenth century through the early 20th century.  Each chapter provides anecdotes or incidents discussing the use of firearms in a particular time period or state of development.  Chapters cover:  Our First American hunters, The First Firearms in America, The Early Settlers and Their Weapons, When New York City Was a Hunter's Paradise,  The Battle with the Wolves, the Kentucky Rifle, the Birth of Modern Firearms,  When the Grizzly ruled the West, The Slaughter of the Buffalo, The Golden Age of Big-Game Hunting, "Shooting Flying", The Good Old  Days  of Water Fowling, How Market Hunters Massacred the Game, the War Against the Predators, and Hunting Yesterday and Today.  84 color and black-and-white illustrations show guns in action, gun models, gun mechanics, and historic and modern hunting scenes.  Price:  $10.00
CRAZY CRATE JP 48  BOOK 8:  BEYOND NEW ENGLAND THRESHOLDS.  Photographs and Comments by Samuel Chamberlain.  New York:  Hastings House.  1937.  95 pages.  Hardcover.  Note:  ex-library copy with bar code, labels, call numbers, etc.  The binding is tight and the pages are clean.  This book aspires to sketch the absorbing story of early American home interiors by means of the photographic image.  Presented in historical sequence, these views become more than a pictorial record;  they unfold a many-sided romance of Colonial life itself.  Between the advent of the first settlers in the early 17th century and the era of great merchant prosperity in the early 19th century is a period of great development.  The home of the hardy, resourceful pioneer, at first a close copy of the provincial manor house he had known in England, soon took on added comfort, and later, sophistication.  The plan of the house, which centered at first around one huge chimney stack, became more open, resulting in the ample, central-hall plan of later mansions.  Fireplaces, instead of being the kitchen strongholds of courageous housewives, became a part of finely paneled walls, and later developed into cameo-like mantels of exquisite grace.  Wall covering progressed from broad strips of hand-hewn pine sheeting to hand-blocked picture wall papers imported from France.  Furniture underwent a noteworthy evolution from Carver to Chippendale.  This book portrays these transitions from Pioneer Days through much of the Federal Period.  It presents not only a story of American home building, but a moving cross-section of American history, taste and manners.  Small captions discuss nearly 200 photographs.   Price:  $10.00
CRAZY CRATE JP 48  BOOK 9:  THE COMING FURY:  By Bruce Catton.  
(The Centennial History of the Civil War, Volume 1).  Hardcover.    Book of the Month Club Selection.  In words that weave history into art, Bruce Catton has created a book that is at once a broad canvas and a revealing close-up.  This book is conceived as classic tragedy.  Through these pages move the men who guided - and who followed - the nation toward conflict:  the extremists, the moderates, and those men, great and small, caught in between.  Opening with the Democratic Convention - Charleston, April, 1860 - where an almost festive atmosphere prevailed, it closes with a nation torn asunder by the first Battle of Bull Run.  The sixteen-page index covers nearly 1,600 entries.  Price:  $7.50
CRAZY CRATE JP 48  BOOK 11:  STATESMEN AND SOLDIERS OF THE CIVIL WAR.  A Study of the Conduct of War.  by Major General Sir Frederick Maurice.  Boston:  Little, Brown, and Co.  1926.  Published November, 1926.  173 pages. Hardcover. Note:  ex-library copy with labels, bar codes, call numbers, check-out pocket, etc.  The binding is tight and the pages are clean, but I don't think the cover is the original cover.   These studies of the relations which existed between statesmen and soldiers during the course of a prolonged war were delivered as the Lees-Knowles Lectures for 1925 - 1926 at TrinityCollege, Cambridge.  The author's experience during the Great War had brought him to realize that armies organize for war but that governments had not normally organized for war.  He studied the American Civil War and, in the light of his own experiences in the Great War, he came to believe that if Great Britain had organized for war in the same manner that Lincoln had organized his Cabinet and formed his relations with McClellan and Grant, then England would have saved itself several painful lessons in government administration.  Five chapters cover his studies:  Jefferson Davis and J. E. Johnston, Jefferson Davis and Lee, Abraham Lincoln and MeClellan, Abraham Lincoln and Grant, and a System for the Conduct of War.  The five-page index covers over 250 entries.  Price:   $5.00
CRAZY CRATE JP 49  BOOK 1:  THE SPANISH-AMERICAN FRONTIER:  1783 - 1795.   THE WESTWARD MOVEMENT AND THE SPANISH RETREAT IN THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY.  By Arthur S. Preston Whitaker.  Lincoln, NE:  University of Nebraska Press.  1927.  First Bison Printing 1969.  255 pages.  Softcover. Note:  ex library copy with bar codes, labels, check-out card and pocket, etc.  The front cover has a fold from top to bottom near the spine where the book has been held while it was read.  The back cover has some small bumps along the bottom edges.  Through an amazing web of intrigue and diplomacy, the irrepressible frontiersmen of the Old South West burst their way to the Mississippi.  Using original documents and records the author has reconstructed a fascinating story of relations between the rough-necked backwoodsmen of the Daniel Boone breed and courtly representatives of the King of Spain;  Scots fur traders and the half-breed chiefs of the Creek and Cherokee;  picturesque rascals like O'Fallon and Tom Washington; and venal legislators. 
The influence of the frontier underworld on the formal diplomacy between Spain and the United States has been clearly brought out and the significance of it, as a conflict between two different civilizations, adequately appreciated.  Twelve eventful years of this conflict and concluded by the Madrid negotiations of 1795 between Thomas Pinckney and Manuel de Godoy, and the treaty of San Lorenze, which cleared Spanish obstructions from our westward advance.  The nine-page index coves nearly 500 entries.  Price:  $5.00
CRAZY CRATE JP 49  BOOK 2:   Two Civil War Books for the Price of One:  A)  SEA DEVIL OF THE CONFEDERACY  THE STORY OF THE FLORIDA AND HER CAPTAIN - JOHN NEWLAND MAFFITT.  By Edward Boykin.  New York:  Funk and Wagnalls Co.  1959.  306 pages.  Hardcover.  Note:  ex library copy with bar code, check-out card, labels, stamps, etc.  John Newland Maffitt occupies a unique place in the annals of the Civil War.  He was the only Confederate naval officer to play the dual role of high-scoring commerce raider and blockade runner.  As captain of the far-famed cruiser Florida he blazed off the biggest prize ever captured by the South on the high seas, while at the same time racking up a record of seizure and destruction of Northern shipping only slightly less than that of Raphael Semmes and the Alabama.  Under Maffitt's command, the Florida and her tenders incinerated a tonnage of Yankee vessels that ran into millions of dollars for a total of fifty-five ships.  Admiral Porter maintained that Maffitt was even more feared by Yankee skippers than Semmes.   As a blockade runner, Maffitt's adventures stagger the imagination.  Captain of four government-owned runners plying their trade in this bitter offshore conflict, he was fired at, chased, and "sunk" so often as to defy the telling.  His run of the helpless Florida through cataracts of gunfire into MobileBay still stands unparalleled.  Actually, the Florida was never caught.  She chanced into a neutral port, where a Federal warship, by a violation of international law, maimed and captured her at night.  The six-page index covers nearly 300 entries.   AND  B)  THREE YEARS WITH GRANT,  AS RECALLED BY WAR CORRESPONDENT SYLVANUS CADWALLADER.  Edited, and with an introduction and notes, by Benjamin P. Thomas.  New York:  Alfred A. Knopf.  1955.  Fourth printing, 1961.  353 pages plus seven-page index.  Note:  ex library copy, with bar code, check-out card and pocket, labels, call number, etc.   Thirty-six year old Sylvanus Cadwallader was a war correspondent for the Chicago Times.  Many people regarded the Times as a malignant Copperhead sheet, and Cadwallader himself commented that it "delighted in seeing how near it could approach the line of disloyalty without incurring the penalty."  However, he remained aloof from other correspondents and determined to conduct himself with such dignity and circumspection as to gain the confidence of the military men whom he met in the course of his duties.  By war's end, he was considered the most capable of all of the correspondents.  He was untiring in the pursuit of news and enjoyed a favored status at army headquarters. A pass from General Grant enabled the reporter to go anywhere he chose.  He could draw subsistence from the commissaries, always pitched his tent near Grant's and kept his advantageous position by respecting confidences.  Cadwallader remained with Grant all through the Union operations in southern Tennessee and northern Mississippi.  He witnessed Grant's advance on Vicksburg and the investment of that citadel.   He followed Grant to Chattanooga and covered the Chattanooga campaign.  But field service sapped his strength and when Grant went east to take command of all the Union armies in March 1864, Cadwallader resolved to return to Milwaukee, to help his brother-in-law. However, Cadwallader was back at the headquarters of the Army of the Potomac when it crossed the RapidanRiver and began its advance on Richmond.  After the Battle of the Wilderness, he was captured, but escaped and was promoted to correspondent-in-chief, and directed a staff of a dozen or more reporters.  Living close to Grant from October 1862 until the end came at Appomattox, Cadwallader was one of the few men - certainly the only civilian - who had a clear view of how the Civil War was fought at the command level.  He observed many Union officers at close range: Sherman, Sheridan, Logan, Wallace, Thomas, Butler, Rawlins, Warren, Meade, and others.  He appraises their military talents candidly and he describes their traits and habits.  Cadwallader depicts Grant in the heat of battle, and Grant relaxing with his friend, and reveals him as a surprisingly good diplomat in army politics.   Through Cadwallader's eyes we see Lincoln stopped by a sentry when he comes ambling into camp alone one day by a back way.  He describes Lincoln swapping yarns with officers, and takes up with him to the cabin of the River Queen when he goes there to acquaint Lincoln with the latest news from the front.  He also describes Mrs. Lincoln at City Point, sorely trying her husband's patience.  Cadwallader, a man almost forgotten, emerges as a memorable character.  The seven-page index covers nearly 500 entries.   Price for the set of two books:  $10.00
CRAZY CRATE JP 49  BOOK 4:   WHO'S WHO IN WORLD JEWRY.  A Biographical Dictionary of Outstanding Jews.  JI. J. Carmin Karpman, Chief Editor.  New York:  Pitman Publishing Corp., Inc.  1972.  999 pages.  hardcover.  Note:  the binding is tight and the pages are clean but the edges of the book are worn   This 1972 edition has been prepared to succeed the first two editions published in 1955 and 1965.    It is intended to fill the need for an authoritative record of notable Jews.  A growing closeness between Diaspora and Israeli Jews is reflected in this new third edition.   An enormous amount of time and effort went into the compilation of this book.  The personalities included were selected on the bases of their influence, positions and accomplishments, and the data used was supplied by them.  Many people who should have been included have not been, simply because in many cases, we received no data from them.   This work includes some 10,000 biographies.  The bulk of the subjects naturally come from the two major free centers of Jewish life today:  Israel and the United States.  There are also persons included from almost every country where Jews live, with notable exceptions:  The Soviet Union and the Arab countries.  Each biography starts with the subject's name, country of residence, occupation, place and date of birth, parents' names, with mother's maiden name in parentheses, followed by the father's last name, if it is different than that of the subject.  Length of time in country of residence is indicated in cases of immigration.  Higher education including honorary degrees, and the names of wife and children follow.    The second sentence begins with the subject's present position, followed by his previous positions, usually in chronological order. Then come the principal contributions, such as authorship, discoveries, patents or international and communal achievements.  Indicated next are military, civic, and social activities.  Books and other writings by the subject are recorded.  Following is a listing of awards and honors he or she received.  Hobbies or special interests follow:  Finally the subject's home and office addresses are given. as authorized by the biographies.   Price:  $15.00
CRAZY CRATE JP 49  BOOK 13:  FAMILY ASSOCIATIONS SOCIETIES and REUNIONS, 1992 - 93 edition.   Indianapolis:  Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe.  1993.  95 pages.  Softcover. This book contains two sections.  The first section contains nearly 3,200 names and addresses of family organizations and their contact persons.  The second section lists abut 1,200 variant spellings and allied family names with references to a listing in the first section.   Price:  $8.00
Ladies, if you would like to have undisputed control of the remote control for several nights, most of these books would assure you of that.  Father's Day is coming, and a great book filled with information for whatever War or Period of Time in History most interests your husband or sons, could give them the time of their lives and you might find a few of these books to interest you, also.
Just call Pat at 1-800-419-0200 and order the ones which sound interesting to you!  John will see that you get them promptly.  Thank you for reading this newsletter.  Pat from YOGS


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