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1 Williamsburg Reproductions: Interior Designs For Today's Living.
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg: 1976. s Softcover. Good condition. 
Photographs of the interiors of colonial homes in Williamsburg with descriptions of what you are seeing. Includes an Index. 
Price: 42.75 USD
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2 ANDERSON, SHERWOOD. Puzzled America.
Paul P. Appel, Mamaroneck: 1970. 0911858075 / 9780911858075 h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Brand new book. 
A collection of short essays and sketches of American life in the 1930s. Anderson, with his usual feel for the rhythms of small-town life, is most at ease describing the conditions of contemporary farmers, miners, and mill hands, although he draws the general from the particular and makes broad judgments concerning American politics and economics. 
Price: 118.75 USD
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3 ANDERSON, SHERWOOD. Puzzled America.
Paul P. Appel, Mamaroneck: 1970. 0911858075 / 9780911858075 h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Brand new book. 
A collection of short essays and sketches of American life in the 1930s. Anderson, with his usual feel for the rhythms of small-town life, is most at ease describing the conditions of contemporary farmers, miners, and mill hands, although he draws the general from the particular and makes broad judgments concerning American politics and economics. 
Price: 118.75 USD
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4 ANDERSON, WILL. Over 100 Of The Northeast's Old-time Best: Lost Diners And Roadside Restaurants Of New England And New York.
Anderson & Sons' Publishing Co., Bath: 2001. 1893804011 / 9781893804012 First Edition (Unstated). s Softcover. Two pages are partially stuck together due to slight water damage but otherwise the book is in good condition. 
Here's a chance to participate in the joys of America's roadside architecture past and present. Includes an Index. "Serves as inspiration to get out there and discover the real America." - Syracuse Herald-Journal 
Price: 46.08 USD
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5 ARON, PAUL. Why The Turkey Didn't Fly: The Surprising Stories Behind The Eagle, The Flag, Uncle Sam, And Other Images Of America.
University Press of New England, Hanover: 2013. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The stories behind some of America's favorite iconic images. Why did the eagle become our national symbol (even though Ben Franklin preferred the turkey?) How did Gilbert Stuart's image of George Washington end up on the dollar bill? Did Betsy Ross really have anyting to do with the Stars and Stripes? Here are the stories behind America's most enduring images. Paul Aaron is director of publications for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. "With wit and intelligence Paul Aron untangles the mystery of masonic images on the dollar, traces the lineage of or flag's design, and debunks Uncle Sam. Why The Turkey Didn't Fly is a fun book for anyone who loves Americana." - Joel Richard Paul, author of Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution 
Price: 15.15 USD
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6 ATTIE, ALICE; KELLEY, ROBIN D. G. Harlem On The Verge.
Quantuck Lane Press, New York: 2003. 0971454876 / 9780971454873 First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
"A changing Harlem holds still for the memory....With sympathy and open eye, Alice Attie tells us about life in America."-Robert Frank. 
Price: 51.06 USD
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7 BAIN, DAVID HAWARD. Empire Express: Building The First Transcontintental Railroad.
Penguin Books, New York: 1999 0140084991 / 9780140084993 First Edition (Unstated). s Softcover. Very good condition. 

Price: 10.21 USD
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8 BAKER, JAMES W.; GOMES, PETER J. (FOREWORD). Thanksgiving: The Biography Of An American Holiday.
University of New Hampshire Press, Durham: 2009. Revisiting New England Series. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The origins and ever-changing story of America's favorite holiday. In this, the first in-depth study of the most American of holidays, James Baker sweeps away lingering myths and misconceptions to show how this celebration day was born and grew to be an essential part of our national spirit. Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday opens with an overview of the popular mythos of the holiday before discussing its possible religious and cultural precedents. This classic Yankee holiday is examined in historical and contemporary detail that embraces everything from proclamations, sermons, and local and regional traditions to family reunions, turkey dinners, and recipes. Thanksgiving's evolving face is illustrated with charming and often revealing period prints that chart our changing attitudes: the influence of Victorian sentiment in Thanksgiving's development, Progressive utilitarianism, intellectual "debunking," patriotic wartime reclamation, and 1960s-era protest. Thanksgiving remains controversial up to the present day, as Mayflower descendants, Native Americans, and commercial exploiters compete for the American public's opinion of the holiday's contemporary significance and its future status. This is an intelligent and illuminating introduction to a beloved holiday and a fascinating cultural history of America and Americana. Includes an Index. James W. Baker was the director of research at Plimoth Plantation for many years and has acted as an authority for numerous Thanksgiving Day exhibits, articles, newscasts, and children's books. "Baker has incorporated all the available research on Thanksgiving and enriched it with his unparalleled access to original sources as the former director of research at Plimoth Plantation. Most appealing about this book is that it has been produced by an expert on the topic, and one who is also a Plymouth, MA, native. He shows us how Thanksgiving is seen through each generation's reality, having morphed from a holiday for pilgrim hats and turkeys to a cause for Native American protests to a holy day to several ancient holidays combined and a full-scale orgy of food and football. Thanksgiving is not the holiday you think it is and will not be the holiday you know now in 100 years, but it can be whatever holiday you need. There is now a desire to make it an international holiday-Who knows? . . . . This is destined to become the accepted text for research on the history and myth of this most American holiday, and it will be an enjoyable, fascinating read both for students and for anyone looking for a good story."—Booklist "Baker traces how the [Thanksgiving] celebration has changed over the years. In the 18th century, Thanksgiving was viewed as a day for family reunions, and the Pilgrims were remembered as the symbolic founders of New England. But the connection between the two had been lost by the time George Washington issued the first presidential Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789. . . Baker notes that the struggle over the significance of the Thanksgiving holiday continues, with historical accuracy often the victim of political advantage. But, he argues, 'the holiday's cultural vigor is actually demonstrated by the conflicts and debates that surround it.' For, he observes, 'debate indicates relevance, and the dispute over the appropriate role of Thanksgiving in American life demonstrates that the holiday is very much alive and still evolving.'"—Boston Globe "James Baker, a former researcher at Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts, does not wag a scholar's dour finger at what has become a turkey-and-football jamboree. But in his comprehensive and readable history of the holiday, he does remind us that Thanksgiving is more than 'ubiquitous, mass-produced images of buckle-hatted Pilgrims, generic Indians, turkeys, pumpkins, and cornstalks.' For the Puritans aboard the Mayflower, Thanksgiving was a religious service to acknowledge God's providence. Its focus was prayer, not festivity. And while the Massachusetts Pilgrims did celebrate a harvest holiday in fall 1621 with friendly Wampanoags, Baker argues that this landmark event 'meets none of the qualifications for an orthodox Thanksgiving.'"—Washington Post "[A] thorough and readable history. . . . The actual purpose of this book is to prove once again that one of the nation's beloved holidays is an 'invented tradition,' discontinuous in its history and varied in the types of ways it has been celebrated. Baker examines a vast range of cultural materials from postcards to children's books to Hollywood films of the 1990s. There is evidence about how people actually celebrate this holiday, but it is not as important as the theme of myth-making and contested history. Baker demonstrates the commonsense; not just that myths take on a life of their own but that in speaking to 'hopes and fears,' myths are much more emotionally satisfying than truths."—Journal of Social History "For good or ill Americans have always considered themselves exceptional. This remarkable self image first appeared on a fall day in 1621 when the Pilgrims gathered 'so [that] we might after a special manner rejoice together' and reflect on the 'special providence' God had granted them. Their Native American guests watched bemused. Like 'Camelot' Baker writes 'there once was a time when with the best intentions, two very different cultures came together.' From that moment on Thanksgiving has become the most persistent, if not controversial, celebration in America. Perfectly historical (mythological?) and encrusted over the centuries in hyperbole and invention, it has nonetheless survived as one of the least pretentious of all our national holidays dedicated to simple fare and family gathering. No one but Jim Baker could unravel the true meaning of this holiday with such expertise and grace. By explaining 'Thanksgiving' Baker goes to heart of revealing American character."—William M. Fowler, Jr., Distinguished Professor of History, Northeastern University "For anyone interested in New England and America and the lengths to which our collective fascination with the past influences what we do today, James Baker's Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday is a must read. Combining a lifetime of research with a wonderfully readable prose style, Baker has created a tour de force of historical and cultural analysis."—Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Mayflower 
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9 BAKER, JAMES W.; GOMES, PETER J. (FOREWORD). Thanksgiving: The Biography Of An American Holiday.
University of New Hampshire Press, Durham: 2009. First Printing. Revisiting New England Series. s Softcover. Very good condition. 
The origins and ever-changing story of America's favorite holiday. In this, the first in-depth study of the most American of holidays, James Baker sweeps away lingering myths and misconceptions to show how this celebration day was born and grew to be an essential part of our national spirit. Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday opens with an overview of the popular mythos of the holiday before discussing its possible religious and cultural precedents. This classic Yankee holiday is examined in historical and contemporary detail that embraces everything from proclamations, sermons, and local and regional traditions to family reunions, turkey dinners, and recipes. Thanksgiving's evolving face is illustrated with charming and often revealing period prints that chart our changing attitudes: the influence of Victorian sentiment in Thanksgiving's development, Progressive utilitarianism, intellectual "debunking," patriotic wartime reclamation, and 1960s-era protest. Thanksgiving remains controversial up to the present day, as Mayflower descendants, Native Americans, and commercial exploiters compete for the American public's opinion of the holiday's contemporary significance and its future status. This is an intelligent and illuminating introduction to a beloved holiday and a fascinating cultural history of America and Americana. Includes an Index. James W. Baker was the director of research at Plimoth Plantation for many years and has acted as an authority for numerous Thanksgiving Day exhibits, articles, newscasts, and children's books. "Baker has incorporated all the available research on Thanksgiving and enriched it with his unparalleled access to original sources as the former director of research at Plimoth Plantation. Most appealing about this book is that it has been produced by an expert on the topic, and one who is also a Plymouth, MA, native. He shows us how Thanksgiving is seen through each generation's reality, having morphed from a holiday for pilgrim hats and turkeys to a cause for Native American protests to a holy day to several ancient holidays combined and a full-scale orgy of food and football. Thanksgiving is not the holiday you think it is and will not be the holiday you know now in 100 years, but it can be whatever holiday you need. There is now a desire to make it an international holiday-Who knows? . . . . This is destined to become the accepted text for research on the history and myth of this most American holiday, and it will be an enjoyable, fascinating read both for students and for anyone looking for a good story."—Booklist "Baker traces how the [Thanksgiving] celebration has changed over the years. In the 18th century, Thanksgiving was viewed as a day for family reunions, and the Pilgrims were remembered as the symbolic founders of New England. But the connection between the two had been lost by the time George Washington issued the first presidential Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789. . . Baker notes that the struggle over the significance of the Thanksgiving holiday continues, with historical accuracy often the victim of political advantage. But, he argues, 'the holiday's cultural vigor is actually demonstrated by the conflicts and debates that surround it.' For, he observes, 'debate indicates relevance, and the dispute over the appropriate role of Thanksgiving in American life demonstrates that the holiday is very much alive and still evolving.'"—Boston Globe "James Baker, a former researcher at Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts, does not wag a scholar's dour finger at what has become a turkey-and-football jamboree. But in his comprehensive and readable history of the holiday, he does remind us that Thanksgiving is more than 'ubiquitous, mass-produced images of buckle-hatted Pilgrims, generic Indians, turkeys, pumpkins, and cornstalks.' For the Puritans aboard the Mayflower, Thanksgiving was a religious service to acknowledge God's providence. Its focus was prayer, not festivity. And while the Massachusetts Pilgrims did celebrate a harvest holiday in fall 1621 with friendly Wampanoags, Baker argues that this landmark event 'meets none of the qualifications for an orthodox Thanksgiving.'"—Washington Post "[A] thorough and readable history. . . . The actual purpose of this book is to prove once again that one of the nation's beloved holidays is an 'invented tradition,' discontinuous in its history and varied in the types of ways it has been celebrated. Baker examines a vast range of cultural materials from postcards to children's books to Hollywood films of the 1990s. There is evidence about how people actually celebrate this holiday, but it is not as important as the theme of myth-making and contested history. Baker demonstrates the commonsense; not just that myths take on a life of their own but that in speaking to 'hopes and fears,' myths are much more emotionally satisfying than truths."—Journal of Social History "For good or ill Americans have always considered themselves exceptional. This remarkable self image first appeared on a fall day in 1621 when the Pilgrims gathered 'so [that] we might after a special manner rejoice together' and reflect on the 'special providence' God had granted them. Their Native American guests watched bemused. Like 'Camelot' Baker writes 'there once was a time when with the best intentions, two very different cultures came together.' From that moment on Thanksgiving has become the most persistent, if not controversial, celebration in America. Perfectly historical (mythological?) and encrusted over the centuries in hyperbole and invention, it has nonetheless survived as one of the least pretentious of all our national holidays dedicated to simple fare and family gathering. No one but Jim Baker could unravel the true meaning of this holiday with such expertise and grace. By explaining 'Thanksgiving' Baker goes to heart of revealing American character."—William M. Fowler, Jr., Distinguished Professor of History, Northeastern University "For anyone interested in New England and America and the lengths to which our collective fascination with the past influences what we do today, James Baker's Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday is a must read. Combining a lifetime of research with a wonderfully readable prose style, Baker has created a tour de force of historical and cultural analysis."—Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Mayflower 
Price: 23.99 USD
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10 BAKER, KELLY J. Gospel According To The Klan: The Kkk's Appeal To Protestant America, 1915-1930.
University Press of Kansas, Lawrence: . h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
To many Americans, modern marches by the Ku Klux Klan may seem like a throwback to the past or posturing by bigoted hatemongers. To Kelly Baker, they are a reminder of how deeply the Klan is rooted in American mainstream Protestant culture. Most studies of the KKK dismiss it as an organization of racists attempting to intimidate minorities and argue that the Klan used religion only as a rhetorical device. Baker contends instead that the KKK based its justifications for hatred on a particular brand of Protestantism that resonated with mainstream Americans, one that employed burning crosses and robes to explicitly exclude Jews and Catholics. To show how the Klan used religion to further its agenda of hate while appealing to everyday Americans, Kelly Baker takes readers back to its "second incarnation" in the 1920s. During that decade, the revived Klan hired a public relations firm that suggested it could reach a wider audience by presenting itself as a "fraternal Protestant organization that championed white supremacy as opposed to marauders of the night." That campaign was so successful that the Klan established chapters in all forty-eight states. Baker has scoured official newspapers and magazines issued by the Klan during that era to reveal the inner workings of the order and show how its leadership manipulated religion, nationalism, gender, and race. Through these publications we see a Klan trying to adapt its hate-based positions with the changing times in order to expand its base by reaching beyond a narrowly defined white male Protestant America. This engrossing exposé looks closely at the Klan's definition of Protestantism, its belief in a strong relationship between church and state, its notions of masculinity and femininity, and its views on Jews and African Americans. The book also examines in detail the Klan's infamous 1924 anti-Catholic riot at Notre Dame University and draws alarming parallels between the Klan's message of the 1920s and current posturing by some Tea Party members and their sympathizers. Analyzing the complex religious arguments the Klan crafted to gain acceptability—and credibility—among angry Americans, Baker reveals that the Klan was more successful at crafting this message than has been credited by historians. To tell American history from this startling perspective demonstrates that some citizens still participate in intolerant behavior to protect a fabled white Protestant nation. 
Price: 33.20 USD
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11 BAKER, T. LINDSAY & CARTER, JOHN. American Windmills: An Album Of Historic Photographs.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2012. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Pictures of wind machines offer a compelling slice of Americana. From the earliest days of European settlement, Americans have cherished the sight of a windmill—an instantly recognizable feature of the American landscape. Boasting nearly two hundred striking images, this book is the first devoted to photographs illustrating historic wind machines throughout North America. T. Lindsay Baker, an expert historian on windmills, has written about wind-power history for twenty-five years. His album contains historic images captured by professional windmiller B. H. "Tex" Burdick and from corporate archives of windmill manufacturers. It depicts windmills in a wide range of settings and uses—not only on ranches and farms but also alongside railroads, in industry, and even in urban areas. The photos chosen for this book illustrate windmill manufacture, distribution, and use in all regions of the United States, with an emphasis on the Great Plains. They take us into the factories to show how commercial windmills were mass-produced and marketed—and also into rural America to show how inventive individuals designed their own homemade wind machines. An introduction by photography historian John Carter provides an overview of the importance of windmills in rural life and Americans' compulsion for photographing them. Join Our E-mail List Send info about this book to friends, family and associates. CONTINUE Related INTEREST A Field Guide to American Windmills By: T. Baker Ghost Towns of Texas By: T. Baker More Ghost Towns of Texas More Ghost Towns of Texas By: T. Baker * DESCRIPTION * AUTHOR BIO * PREVIEW Pictures of wind machines offer a compelling slice of Americana From the earliest days of European settlement, Americans have cherished the sight of a windmill—an instantly recognizable feature of the American landscape. Boasting nearly two hundred striking images, this book is the first devoted to photographs illustrating historic wind machines throughout North America. T. Lindsay Baker, an expert historian on windmills, has written about wind-power history for twenty-five years. His album contains historic images captured by professional windmiller B. H. "Tex" Burdick and from corporate archives of windmill manufacturers. It depicts windmills in a wide range of settings and uses—not only on ranches and farms but also alongside railroads, in industry, and even in urban areas. The photos chosen for this book illustrate windmill manufacture, distribution, and use in all regions of the United States, with an emphasis on the Great Plains. They take us into the factories to show how commercial windmills were mass-produced and marketed—and also into rural America to show how inventive individuals designed their own homemade wind machines. An introduction by photography historian John Carter provides an overview of the importance of windmills in rural life and Americans' compulsion for photographing them. T. Lindsay Baker, who holds the W. K. Gordon Chair in Industrial History at Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas, is Director of the W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History, Thurber, Texas, and editor of the Windmiller's Gazette. He is the author of A Field Guide to American Windmills and North American Windmill Manufacturers' Trade Literature: A Descriptive Guide. John Carter is Senior Research Associate at the Nebraska State Historical Society and an award-winning photograph curator. 
Price: 23.70 USD
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12 BANKS, ANN. First-person America.
Alfred A. Knopf, New York: 1980. 0394413970 / 9780394413976 h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 

Price: 10.93 USD
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13 BATTERSBY, MARTIN. The Decorative Thirties.
Walker and Company, New York: 1971. 0802703534 / 9780802703538 h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 

Price: 27.31 USD
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14 BECKER, MAY LAMBERTON (EDITOR). Golden Tales Of The Old South.
Bonanza Books, New York: 1985. 0517467925 / 9780517467923 First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
A fascinating book for every reader. The selections are intended to illustrate the mind, customs, and life of the South in various lacalities and eras. 
Price: 13.49 USD
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15 BECKHAM, STEPHEN DOW; ROMANO, CHRISTINA (ILLUSTRATIONS). Tall Tales From Rogue River: The Yarns Of Hathaway Jones.
Oregon State University Press. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The tall tales of a colorful man who was proud of his reputation as the biggest liar in the country. Hathaway Jones (1870-1937) was a master spinner of tall tales, a native Oregonian and the son and grandson of pioneers of the Oregon Trail. He lived most of his life in the Rogue River canyon and traveled through this remote area as a contract mail carrier from 1898 until his accidental death in 1937, trekking the narrow mountain trails and bringing stories to the isolated people of the region. This collection of his amusing and delightful tales is one of the largest ascribable to one yarn-spinner in the United States. Stephen Dow Beckham's Introduction to the collection puts Jones into historical context in the oral tradition of tall tales, tells his personal history, and identifies the informants who kept his tales alive. 
Price: 17.05 USD
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16 BEER, THOMAS The Mauve Decade: American Life At The End Of The Nineteenth Century.
Alfred A. Knopf, New York: January 1961. First Vintage Edition. s Softcover. Good condition. 
Covers the years between 1890 and 1900 and relates incidents in the lives of many famous Americans alive at the time. Among those portrayed in these brilliant pages are Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Hanna, Eleanora Duse, Joseph Conrad, Ambrose Bierce, Stephen Crane, Stanford White, Anna Held, J. Pierpont Morgan, Henry George, Oscar Wilde, and William Graham Sumner. Includes an Index. 
Price: 6.13 USD
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17 BEER, THOMAS. The Mauve Decade: American Life At The End Of The Nineteenth Century
Knopf, New York: June 1926. Fourth Printing. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Reading copy. 
Covers the years between 1890 and 1900 and relates incidents in the lives of many famous Americans alive at the time. 
Price: 5.65 USD
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18 BENET, STEPHEN VINCENT. America.
Farrrar & Rinehart, New York: 1944. Fourth Large Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition considering its age. Two of the inside pages have browning at its margins & browning at the inside cover and back cover. dustjacket has some nicks on its edges. First page has a 1/4 inch rip at top. 

Price: 14.25 USD
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19 BERGMAN, EDWARD F. Woodlawn Remembers: Cemetery Of American History.
North Country Books, Utica: 1988. 0932052681 / 9780932052681 First edition (unstated). s Softcover. Brand New Book. 
Within Woodlawn Cemetery reposes the most remarkable variety of interesting and historically important people anywhere in America. Musician "Duke" Ellington, jurist Charles Evans Hughes, financier Jay Gould, author Herman Melville, journalist Nellie Bly, lawman Bat Masterson, inventor Gail Borden, and many more are buried in this Arcadian setting. Highly illustrated with color photos. 
Price: 135.14 USD
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20 BIGART, ROBERT J. Life And Death At St Mary's Mission, Montana.
SKC Press, Stevensville: 2005. 1931291411 / 9781931291415 First Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Published by Salish Kootenai College Press, this book chronicles the story of how St. Mary's Mission in Stevensville, Montana, served the Salish Indians and other Roman Catholic residents of the Bitterroot Valley in its early years. This book covers the history of the mission from 1866-1891, provides translations in English of St. Mary's records of baptism, marriages and deaths, and family histories of many Indian families mentioned in the documents. 
Price: 19.67 USD
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