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About my libraryMy library is always changing and this web site is where I relieve my obsessive /compulsive need to put it into some type of order. The focus of my library has been changing for some time. Originally it was just an accumulation of books I enjoyed reading, after several changes it now seems to be developing into a collection of American history with a focus on the city of Cincinnati. Currently I have 947 works of history, 660 works of US history and 92 titles that directly address Cincinnati. These numbers change very frequently, faster than I can read them unfortunately.

Currently I am looking at how medicine began to change from faith in the teachings of the old Greeks to a modern science using the life and work of Cincinnati’s Dr. Daniel Drake.

GroupsAmateur Historians, American Civil War, American History, American Revolution & Founding Fathers History, Banned Books, Bibliomysteries, Book Care and Repair, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Books in Books, Build the Open Shelves Classificationshow all groups

Favorite authorsMark Billingham, Peter Blauner, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Rachel Kramer Bussel, A. Bertram Chandler, C. J. Cherryh, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Eugene V. Debs, Ernest K. Gann, Dashiell Hammett, Carl Hiaasen, Dennis Lehane, Sinclair Lewis, Herbert Lieberman, Jeffrey Marks, Bill Mauldin, Walter Mosley, Larry Niven, Studs Terkel (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBooks in Shandon, Cameron's Books & Magazines, Half Price Books - Hamilton (#32), Ohio Book Store, Powell's City of Books (Portland)

Favorite librariesKenton County Public Library - Mary Ann Mongan Library, The Oxford Lane Library, The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County - Main Library

Other favoritesThe Mad Anthony Writers Conference & Book Festival

Favorite publishersBeacon Press, Duke University Press, Indiana University Press, McFarland, Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, University of Illinois Press, W.W. Norton, Yale University Press

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Real nameTim Crawford

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Member sinceJul 12, 2007

Currently readingTelling the Truth about History by Joyce Appleby
Hidden history by Daniel J. Boorstin
The Kennedy Legacy: Jack, Bobby and Ted and a Family Dream Fulfilled by Vincent Bzdek
American Mobbing, 1828-1861: Toward Civil War by David Grimsted
Exhibiting dilemmas : issues of representation at the Smithsonian by Amy Henderson
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Thanks so much for suggesting Historians' Fallacies by DHF. It has been a really good read and I hope to continue to study it.

Coming back to rummage in your books tagged labor.

I finished Against Their Will. It got better in the second half when the authors went into a little more detail. I ended up giving it 3.5/5.
Have you started Against Their Will? I'm about a third through it and I'm a little disappointed. The author seems to rehash the samething over and over.
Hi Tim

Your recent post on sarcasm has really hit my funnybone. I think you should start a new thread around it. Please do... It could be so funny, we have had some fun with the present thread but it is getting a bit “threadbare” now..................
Hi: Just read your comment on Crosby. I know what you mean.

Nosing into your library (it's how I decide what to read..) I've pinched a few good ideas, thanks.

I would have thought one of the books we shared would have been The Fort By Bernard Cornwell. I found it an eye opener.
"What do we call travel between the Earth and the moon? The Past."

Well said. I remember staying up until all hours watching the Apollo missions. Then there was Pioneer, Mariner, Voyager... I'll probably be dead before we see this kind of stuff again. Those were the days!

Thanks for the kind words; I was wondering if I'd gotten too abrasive after lawecon tried to Godwinize the earlier topic.
I found your post about cholera interesting. Can you recommend a good 'Intro' to cholera? I have a few things on disease, but nothing on cholera.
Actually, I already have the Carl Hubbell bio, but the PCL book looks interesting. I've never been an Early Reviewer on here, but I just signed up and requested that book. Thanks, Tim!
I thought that YouTube may have had the date wrong for the Peggy Lee song. Dug a little deeper; this is from wikipedia.

'"Is That All There Is?" is a song written by American songwriting team Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller during the 1960s. It became a hit for American singer Peggy Lee from her recording in November 1969. The song was originally recorded by Dan Daniels in March 1968, then by Leslie Uggams in August 1968, Guy Lombardo in 1969, and Tony Bennett on 22 December 1969.[1]'

On a darker note: the most(imho) cynical song has to be 'Eve of Destruction' by Barry McGuire. There ain't nothin' positive in that song and it still seems relevant today.

I don't know how relevant this is to your concerns, but the body of law with which I am most familiar distinguishes between "individuals" and "persons" or, alternatively, between "natural persons" and "artificial persons".

It is understood that "persons" can include legal fictions such as corporations, LLCs, etc, but usually not trusts or partnerships.

The problems seem to arise when you start reading refinements in terminology that arise over decades or centuries into documents authored before such refinements were well established.
Welcome to the Libraries with bookstores group.
Certainly! I'm trying to publish in the journal Libraries and the Cultural Record quite soon.

If you have a moment, I would appreciate your taking a look at what I posted today, 2.16.10, regarding trends of history and the Financial Times.

I confess I feel encouraged by this particular trend in history.

Would be curious to hear what your classmates thought of the article's themes.

I appreciate your comments, thank you.
At some point in time I may return to the group.
Just noticed the thread where you were posting about using tag mash to find out about more books on a riot in Cincinnati. Have you tried using Google Books? Turned up one result that looks promising:

Title American mobbing, 1828-1861: toward Civil War
Author David Grimsted
Publisher Oxford University Press US, 1998
ISBN 0195117077, 9780195117073

the search I did was

protest German Irish Catholics in Cincinnati

I've also used the Google books Inside This Book and theAmazon search within a book features when I think a book might have a small but useful bit of information. In this case, it doesn't look too likely, as only two pages match and they don't seem related to the protest you are talking about.

(For the Google inside the book thing, go to
and scroll down and there will be a search box for searching within the book).

Have you had a chance to check out There is Power in a Union by Philip Dray that I listed under new books? I always think of you when it comes to labor......

So, my thoughts on Maroon Societies.

First, if you don't already know, this is an anthology of previously published articles, essays, an primary source extracts. So though it first came out in 1973 many of the contributions are quite a bit older. It's significance lies in the fact that relatively little had been written on Maroon Societies at that time and what had been written was scattered among the the various national histories of the Americas. Bringing the materials together brought a new focus on the subject. It was also written at a time when it was still necessary to confront the received myth of the happy slave and maroon communities are a most striking demonstration of the desire of enslaved people for freedom and their capacity to secure and maintain their independence. The book is still significant because, to my knowledge, no new cross-national synthetic work has been written on the topic since.

That being said, the format of the book presents some difficulties. Selections come at the topic from multiple perspectives including history, sociology and anthropology. Although there are pieces on all of the major slave societies, coverage is uneven and direct comparison can be difficult because the selections were originally written for other purposes. For instance, only selection on the US is a rather preliminary article by Herbert Aptheker from 1939. My favorite pieces in book were the article by Davidson on Mexico, Orlando Patterson's article on Jamaica, the three selections on Brazil and the various primary sources. The biggest and longest lasting maroon colonies were/are in Suriname and the Guianas. Unfortunately, half of that section is devoted to an extended anthropological article focused rather narrowly on kinship structures. Still, at the end (which I've almost reached) I do have a fairly clear general picture of the conditions and functioning of maroon communities.

I have some more recent references if you're interested but I haven't really checked them out. If I were to pursue the topic further I would probably start with a search in journal Slavery & Abolition to look for something recent with up to date references.

I just found out about
and thought you may wish to know about it as well, if you haven't already.

Hello! I was a student at Middletown during 05/06 and 06/07, but I have taken classes from Liu, so we might just know each other!
Tim if you are interested in labor history this site might be of use at some point:

FDR and New Deal

It's just a short story--you might have to do a little digging.

Hi, TL

I've been following your discussion on the History and Economics thread. I keep thinking that you would get a kick out of "The Anarchists Convention" by John Sayles. There's an audio version read by him which is very good. It was done on Selected Shorts, too, some years ago and that version is available as well.

Actually I have two books; " John Grimes: Survey Captain" and "John Grimes Tramp Captain" whiich are omnibus editions of several of the books. Haven't read them all yet. But what I have I've enjoyed
And I noticed you went back to school for your degree in history, and don't know what to do with it. I wanted to major in history, but did not know what to do with it so majored in finance instead. Then I went to law school, and my undergrad degree did not matter! Should have majored in history.
Hi Tim,

Saw your post on the History at 30,000 feet thread that you are getting Resistance--me, too. Do you know anything about the translator? I have not been able to find anything except her description of how she found the book.
Thanks for the interesting library addition.
There is no escape. You must always behave yourself.
I got my Master's in 1978. Dwight was professor emeritus when my neice was there, but she must have graduated six or eight years ago. And he was no kid when I was there. I have no advice on where to go with your degree. I worked briefly for the Chicago Historical Society, but found that you had to be pretty mobile to pursue a career as an archivist.

I'd talk to the placement center. Companies always need bright people on hand.
What are you studying? I got my master's in American History at Miami; Dwight Smith was my advisor.
Also a guy in my 50's. Read your post on one of the history boards. Man, we share a lot of the same books!!
I really love that Sweet Potato booklet. It looks like a gem. I'll keep my eyes on it on ebay. Yes I do have the Julia Cuniberti Italian booklet. It was a "find" on ebay.

For 9 years I lived in Huron, Ohio, near Sandusky, before relocating to Florida. My husband went to Miami.

Do you have an interest in slavery issues? If you are interested and have some time, you might check out my library under the tag: African American Cook Book. The contribution of African American women and men to our culinary heritage is finally becoming elevated to its proper station.

As a food historian there are other sub specialties that interest me: English language early Asian, Hispanic, French, Italian, so on.

You can see my "shop dawg" Jaime in the profile photo. We both love dogs. Thank you for contacting me. If you have any cookbook questions, give me a shout out. Best, Lynn
I read your post on Why Do You Collect Cook Books? You mention: "I have a pamphlet on Italian cooking from WWI" Do you know the name of the pamphlet or who produced it? I have a food history blog and am working on an article, Pre 1960 Italian Cook Books. I would be happy to attribute your little cook book. Thank you for your time. Lynn Nelson - kitchengardenbooks.

I had to return the compliment and add your library to my list of interesting ones; as we share 47 books in common, it's safe to say there are some areas of overlapping interest! Quite a lot, actually--looks as though we both like mysteries, sci fi/fantasy, history, and cooking, at least.

Your random list of books shows one by Roberta Isleib; I've been wondering how her books are. I think she's married to someone I used to work for, in the weird connections department.

Happy Holidays!

Hi TL! Thanks for considering my library 'interesting' - it's very flattering when people think that. I actually thought I'd already marked yours and was really surprised to see I hadn't - I'm doing it right now! Feel free to have a browse around any time you feel like it but please don't get mucky fingermarks on the pages.
Thanks for yours - sounds like a busy life but I guess it always is for people who will insist on adding study to an already full existence! I love the idea of doing a degree because you commute past the campus every day - that's a new one on me, but I believe we come to some of the best things in our lives by some very circuitous routes and I guess any reason is as good as another. I think all that writing you have to do in your degree is good practice for writing of all other kinds. I used to raise some extra money when my children were small by writing articles and short stories for magazines (and it was a lot easier to get published in those days, believe me) but it wasn't until after I finished my degree and found a big hole in my intellectual life that I got stuck in and actually produced my first full-length work. Okay, so it remains unpublished but I consider that the first stepping-stone on the way to the real thing (at least, I hope so). Good luck with your writing and your degree. If nothing else, I know you'll get a huge amount of enjoyment from both.
Hi there! Half a century! Now you've really made me feel old! I must admit I sometimes feel like the ancient wise woman on this site though, unlike some I have tried, everyone here is lovely, but it's still nice to know I'm not alone.

I don't know whether you have anything like the Open University over there? It's a wonderful organisation that allows people of any age (well, over 18) and any academic background to study from home for a real degree which is not only comparable to degrees from any other university but is considered by many employers to be superior as they realise OU students have often had to study while running a home, working full time, bringing up children, caring for elderly relatives etc, etc. The course for a full degree usually takes six years (that's part-time and the equivalent of three years' full time study) although many people take breaks in between (I took a year off at a time when I had a lot of other things happening and didn't think I'd be able to do the course justice), while some study full-time and graduate in three years or even less, so you can see it's all very flexible. I graduated in 2001, the year after my daughter graduated from 'normal' university. She was very proud of her achievement but I was practically bursting with pride over mine (and hers, too, of course). I used to work in Adult Education at one time so I'm a massive fan of returning to study.

My reasons for wanting to return to study were many and varied (as I'm sure yours are too) but one of them was obviously in order to progress within my career and that's how I justified the expense to myself. Unfortunately,a year into the course, I was hit with a major back problem that eventually meant my having to retire on health grounds. Much as I loved the work for my BA, I don't really think I can now justify going on to a Masters as I would have hoped to do - the courses aren't exactly cheap - but I will never regret what I have done so far. I do you get everything from your study that I did from mine - isn't it wonderful to know we're not 'over the hill'?
I started on them in the early 60's when W.H. Smiths began stocking the English 4-Square publication. My collection are all paperbacks and some are the worse for wear as they've been read many times. After I had gleaned all I could from English book shelves I discovered a mail-order company and was able to obtain US publications (5 to 10 at a time) and have been known to sit up all night reading several books! I can remember as a child an elderly neighbour giving me two beautifully bound books which may have begun my love of a good read. They were "David Copperfield" and "The Jungle Book"; sadly I no longer have them (I suspect one of my sisters were responsible!)
I am fascinated by your Burroughs collection, I will peruse them in greater depth as you have far more than I have. I think I have some searching to do..
re: "I still live!"

Indeed! Granted, ERB may not be a literary genius in his line-by-line writing, but if you go by the ability to touch lives and your work survive the years, surely he's stellar. Between Barsoom, Tarzan, and The Land That Time Forgot, he'll live forever.

Hi TL Crawford,

All the characters in my books are adults and, while some of them have some issues stemming from childhood abuse, all of them have survived and are making their way through life, coping and healing. I think it's a positive message, that even if something bad happens to you, you can survive and heal and connect with other people, even heal others.

Like I said, essentially positive. I read a lot of SF as a kid, including Edgar Rice Burroughs. I supposed I've been unduly influenced by John Carter of Mars: "I still live!"

Hope you'll try me, or chat with me around here,

TK Kenyon
Thanks for the recommendations, when I get the chance I'll see what I can find. As to San Andreas, I finished it last night, after starting it yesterday afternoon :) Couldn't put it down! I've read a few Alistair MacLean in my time, but this one was, as you say, one of his best. I reviewed it but it doesn't do the book justice still maybe my reviews will get better over time.
Thanks for the invitation, I've just been mooching through your library and was glad to see the Edgar Rice Burroughs collection you have, interesting, and an author I've wanted to read for a while now, any recommendations?
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