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1 Awadu, Keidi Obi. Index to Rap, Hip Hop & The New World Order. Planned Chaos in Youth Music Culture. The Conscious Rasta Report, Vol. 4, Issue 3, June 1997.
Conscious Rasta Press, (1997). 
Quarto, stiff illustrated cream wrappers, 69 pp. Fine. From lower cover: Each decade produces a youth cultural movement distinct from those before it which is criticized by older generations; the more revolutionary the movement, the louder the criticism. Because of electronic mass media, youth movements of recent have centered around music, which gives voice to their new ideas. For the 90s, the most effective expression has been rap and hip hop. Through hip hop, urban youth not only get their vital message to the world but strive to create financial independence also. Hip hop is a vehicle for empowerment. The image that has permeated the mass media that urban youth, black and brown in particular, are buck-wild and out of control is an absurdity. In many instances I find that urban youth are more aware of the ciritcal issues than their parents, too many of whom are obsessed with the “corporate mentality,” stacking up consumable goods and social/political compromise. We've all seen the destructive images of gangstas, players, hootchie mamas and buck-wild thugs in the media, but you would have a hard time convincing me that these media-perpetrated characters really represent the hip hop generation. The central theme of this report is that hostile external forces planned the chaos that is occurring within the hip hop generation and that it will be the task of creative youth to come up with a solution. Every successful culture throughout history makes a transfer of power form the old to the youth with each generation. “Civil rights leaders” who seek to cling to power and mis-lead the community with outdated strategies from earlier times, be prepared to step over. Albert Einstein said “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” It's time for a change. New ideas lead to new actions and that should lead to a new set of results. These new ideas can also be expected to emerge from creative youth. 
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2 Bankers Trust Company. What is My Share of the Cost of the War?
New York: Bankers Trust Company, (1918). First Edition. 
Octavo, printed self-wrappers, stapled, [12] pp. Near-Fine. 
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3 Belfrage, Sally. Un-American Activities: A Memoir of the Fifties.
New York: HarperCollins, [1994]. First Edition. 
Octavo, cloth & boards (hardcover), 263 pp. Fine in dust jacket. 
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4 Daninos, Pierre. The Secret of Major Thompson: A Frenchman's Discovery of America and England. Translated from the French by W. Marmaduke Thompson, C.S.I., D.S.O., O.B.E. Illustrated by Walter Goetz.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1957. First American Edition. 
Signed and inscribed by the author. Octavo, illustrated boards (hardcover), 272 pp. Very Good+, with light edgewear; in a Good dust jacket with sunning to spine and edgewear. 
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5 Ehrlich, Richard L. Immigrants in Industrial America, 1850-1920.
Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, Published for the Eleutherian Mills - Hagley Foundation and the Balch Institute, 1977. 
First Edition. Octavo, red cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, xiv + 218 pp. Near-Fine, in a Good+, mylar protected dust jacket with light edgewear and soiling. From dust jacket: The papers included in this volume are part of a growing body of scholarship that focuses on interaction between immigrants and American society. They illustrate an emerging consensus among a sizable group of historians that ethnic backgrounds molded the responses of immigrant groups to American society. Transplanted European cultures were, according to these analyses, sufficiently flexible and resilient not only to survive and adapt to their new home but also to have an impact on the new environment they had to come to terms with. These conclusions stand in marked contrast to previous accounts, which argued that the immigrant's encounter with industrial America was overwhelmingly disorienting and destructive of traditional life-styles. 
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6 Foster, Wallace. A Patriotic Primer for the Little Citizen: An Auxiliary in Teaching the Youth of Our Country the True Principles of American Citizenship.
Indianapolis: W. D. Pratt, Printer and Binder, 1909. Fifth Edition, Revised and Enlarged. 
Octavo, cloth-backed stiff printed wrappers, 115 pp. Illustrations. Very Good; slight wear. 
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7 Gow, Alex M. Good Morals and Gentle Manners.
Cincinnati: Wilson, Hinkle & Company, (1873). 
Octavo, terra cotta cloth (hardcover), [i] - vi, [7] - 252 pp. Good; shelf worn. 
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8 Hayward, Irva R., B. A., M.S. and David W. Coombs, Ph.D., MPH. Welcome: A Foreigner's Guide to Successful Living in the Southern United States.
Pelham, Alabama: The Best of Times, Inc., (1994). 
Octavo, paperbound / softbound (slick red wrappers), xxiv + 274 pp. Very Good+. From Introduction: We have written this book to help foreign newcomers: students, business people, professionals, or immigrants. We hope the information herein will help the reader to understand this country and to adjust to everyday living in the United States. Some of the information is only relevant to the South, but most is also applicable to the rest of the United States... This book probably can be considered a “mini” encyclopedia of everyday living in the United States. It need not be read at one time. When information is needed about a specific subject, the table of contents at the beginning of the book, and the index at the back, will guide the reader to the information required. 
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9 International Brotherhood of Pulp Sulphite and Paper Mill Workers. International Brotherhood of Pulp Sulphite and Paper Mill Workers: Rayonier Incorporated, Fernandina Division, Labor Agreement. This Agreement by and between Rayonier Incorporated, Fernandina Division.
28th day of June, 1941. 
Narrow octavo; paperbound (stapled, printed wrappers), 15 pp. Fine. 
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10 Ireland, Imogene B. (and the Music Committee of the National Board of the Young Womens Christian Associations). The Song Book of the Y. W. C. A. Compiled by Imogene B. Ireland (and the Music Committee of the National Board of the Young Womens Christian Association).
New York: The Women's Press, n.d. 
Narrow quarto, hardcover (green cloth-backed green textured boards), gilt letters, 157 pp. Good+, with light rubbing to edges, cello tape repair to Page 34. Ephemera laid-in. 
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11 Jones, Howard Mumford. The Bright Medusa.
Urbana: The University of Illinois, 1952. 
Signed and Inscribed by the Author. Octavo, yellow illus. cloth (hardcover), 98 pp. Fine, in a chipped & torn dust jacket. “In this book, based on lectures delivered especially for the Fifth Annual Festival of Contemporary Arts (1952) at the University of Illinois, Mr. Jones divides the subjects [of the problems of youth, the artist, and the rebel as reflected in AMerican literature of the nineteen-twenties] into three sections: The Artist, The Poet, and The Radical. Here inimitably, with his agile wit, his richly allusive prose, his wide-ranging scholarly grasp, and his down-to-earth attitude, Mr. Jones looks at the twenties...” 
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12 Miller, Richard. Bohemia: The Protoculture Then and Now.
Chicago: Nelson-Hall, [1977]. 
Octavo, grey pebbled boards (hardcover), gilt letters, xi, 376 pp. Near-Fine, with date stamped to ffep, in a Very Good- dust jacket with several several small chips. Here, for the first time we are presented with a historical study which shows the movement of the sixties to be simply one more step in the evolution of a force which has its roots in early nineteenth century France...Miller has included a comprehensive discussion of Paris in the twenties, pre-war Germany, and the American Beats fo the Fifties... 
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13 n.l. The Shadow of the Bottle. Published in the Interst of Nation-Wide Prohibition of the Liquor Traffic.
Washinton, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1915. First Edition. 
Octavo, red cloth (hardcover), illus. paper label, 128 pp. Very Good+, with light rubbing to covers. From Foreword: This book is issued for a definite purpose. It is designed to aid in making the map on the opposite page [”The March of Prohibition: Making the Map White”] wholly white, by removing the shadow of the bottle from the homes and hearts of men. This map and the statistics in this book, while very enlightening, soon fall behind the truth because of the onward march of the prohibition movement. They do, however, furnish some effective ammunition for the firing line... 
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14 Roth, John K.; Editor. American Diversity, American Identity: The Lives and Works of 145 Writers Who Define the American Experience.
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1995. First Edition, Stated. 
Large octavo, boards (hardcover), gilt letters, xviii, 709 pp. Near-Fine, with former-owner stamp and a Fine dust jacket. From jacket: The book is organized in thirteen secions, each of which illustrates a particular apect of American diversity -- life in the South, the African American experience, Americans at war, the gay and lesbian experience, Americans living abroad, and others -- and features writers as diverse as Walt Whitman, Louise Erdrich, Emily Dickinson, Philip Roth, William Faulkner, Joan Didion, Eudora Welty, Terry McMillan, Joyce Carol Oates, Thomas Pynchon, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sandra Cisneros, and Amy Tan. Within each section there is a separate introduction that provides a general overview, followed by five to twenty essays on major writers whose concentrations are exemplary of that identity. 
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15 Wong, Bernard P. Chinatown: Economic Adaptation and Ethnic Identity of the Chinese. Case Studies in Cultural Anthropogy: Chinatown. General Editors George and Louise Spindler, Stanford University.
Fort Worth: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., (1982). 
Octavo, paperbound/softbound (stiff red, black & white photograph illus. wrappers), 110 pp. Very Good+, with lightly rubbed edges. From Foreword: The Chinese in the United States, like other nonAnglo-European minorities in this country, have experienced blatant prejudice and serious harassment. When they were no longer needed to build the western railroads in the 1870s, the Chinese were subject to flagrant attacks on their homes and business establishments (then just emerging) as well as on their persons -- in at least one instance in the form of an outright massacre. They have been subject to persistent legal harassment in the form of exclusionary legislation, starting with the Exclusion Act of 1882 in California. In the 1930s, when the Chinese hand laundry business became too successful in New York, they were subject to state legislation requiring license fees and posting of bonds that forced many of the smaller establishments into bankruptcy. Legal harassment continued into the 1970s, including a law that prevented Chinese Americans from working in government positions. Although the most blatant forms of discrimination have recently eased, lingering and more subtle forms still persist. This active prjudice and harassment stemming from mainstream American racism and fear of economic competition has resulted in the tightening of internal bonds within the minority group and the development of protective associations of one kind or another. The internal cohesiveness thus developed became the distinguishing characteristic of the Chinese American communities in cities like San Franciso and New York. These “Chinatowns” continue to serve the growing Chinese population in the United States in the various ways that Dr. Wong explains in this case study... This case study analyzes the structural adaptations that Chinese American communities in general, and the New York Chinatown in particular, have made to survive in American society. The analysis will be of interest to students of social life in the United States and particularly to those interested in minority groups and their struggles to find security and satisfaction. Although the Chinese adaptation has been different from that of the various European populations migrating the United States after the Revolutionary War, and even from the Japanese and other Asiatic minorities, the Chinese exhibit much in common with other minorities in America. To udnerstand the adaptations of minorities in the United States is to understand our country, since minority groups constitute our population. Even the so-called majority, or mainstream, in American society is made up of at least a dozen ethnic components, and its largest constituency -- persons descended from the English, Scottish, Irish and Weslh (themselves minorities in Great Britain) -- is actually a minority of aout 27 percent of our total population... 
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