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      The Battle of Gettysburg

      By: Kevin Hillstrom
      Library binding. 229 pages. 2013.

      Provides a detailed account of the American Civil War and the importance of the Battle of Gettysburg. Examines the forces that contributed to the war; early military battles and the Battle of Gettysburg; and the legacy of the Civil War. Also includes biographies, primary sources, chronology, glossary, bibliography, and index.

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      Web Price: $49.00

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      Men’s Health Concerns Sourcebook, 4th Ed.

      By: Sandra J. Judd
      Library binding. 655 pages. 2013.

      Provides basic consumer health information about health conditions of concern to men, along with tips for maintaining physical and mental wellness. Includes index, glossary of related terms, and other resources.

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      Web Price: $85.00

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  • Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention — July 19-20, 1848

    In early July, 1848, activists Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton met in central New York to plan a convention to further the cause of women’s rights. The purpose of the gathering would be to discuss how women were being left out of some of the most important aspects of American society, including education, justice, and the democratic process. Held over two days at a chapel in Seneca Falls, New York, the convention was very unusual for its time. In the mid-1800s, public debate over the role of women in American society was quite rare, and many people considered it somewhat shocking for women to attend a politically-oriented gathering, let alone organize such a meeting and direct the discussion. The Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention is widely considered to be the beginning of an organized women’s rights movement in the United States.

    free resource button small  Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention — July 19 20, 1848Inspired by the language of the Declaration of Independence, Mott, Stanton, and other organizers issued a document of resolutions for the historic convention. Declaring that Jefferson’s plea for equality applied to both sexes, that “all men and women are created equal,” the document urged women to make a break from traditional roles and, most controversially, to seek the right to vote. The Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions from the Seneca Falls Convention is provided in this selection from Defining Moments: Women’s Suffrage.

    Additional information about the milestone events on the path to women’s suffrage, along with biographies of key figures and other related primary source documents, can be found in Defining Moments: Women’s Suffrage.

    Posted: July 15, 2014

  • Ramadan

    Ramadan is a significant period of fasting, reflection, and prayer observed by the estimated one and a half billion Muslims worldwide. The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is considered the most sacred month of the year as it was during Ramadan that the Quran was first revealed to Muhammad. Fasting from dawn to sunset during the holy month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, the obligations of the Muslim faith. The beginning and end dates of Ramadan are determined by the lunar calendar. Once the new crescent moon is sighted, the observance begins; the fasts end when the new moon is sighted again at the end of the month. This year, Ramadan began on the evening of June 28th and will end on the evening of July 28th.

    free resource button small  RamadanMore information about the many customs and traditions associated with Ramadan is available in this entry from Holiday Symbols and Customs, 4th Edition.

    More than 300 holidays and festivals from the United States and around the world are covered in Holiday Symbols and Customs, 4th Edition with information on more than 1,000 symbols and customs associated with these special events.

    Posted: July 2, 2014