British and American Antislavery Copperation

This book is titled Men and Brothers; Anglo American Antislavery Cooperation. It is by Betty Fladeland. It was published in 1972 by the University of Illinois Press.

Men and Brothers. Betty Freedland


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From the Preface:

“Much has been written on both the British and American antislavery movements, but hitherto they have been treated as separate developments. It is the thesis of this book that the struggle in Great Britain and the United States against slavery and the slave trade were so closely connected that they deserve to be studied together”


From the back cover

“The United States and Great Britain share a common past in bringing slaves to America and trading slave-grown products. They also worked together to end slavery, although the historical literature up to now has treated the British and American antislavery movements separately. This book traces for the first time the coordination of activities and strategies of abolitionists in Great Britain and the United States from the colonial period through the Civil War and shows that, by the 1830’s, the two movements “were so intertwined they can scarcely be untangled”.

While concerned with what the abolitionists were thinking, Fladeland focuses primarily on what they were doing. Cooperative efforts of churches, religious societies, and outstanding individuals are discussed as well as the efforts of the organised antislavery societies, their exchanges of publications and lectures, and their common problems. Efforts against the slave trade, projects for colonisation of free blacks, and work against slavery in the West Indies and the United Staes are all covered in depth.

By placing the American antislavery movement in a transatlantic setting. Fladeland shows that is was much more than a radical protest movement of a few fanatic and visionaries. It was of some significance in the onset of Civil War because it helped to intensify sectional antagonisms. It has some bearing on the course the British government took during the war and had a great effect on the policies of President Lincoln and the Republican party on the question of slavery”.

BETTY FLADELAND is professor of history at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She earlier wrote James Gillespie  Birney: Slaveholder to Abolitionist. (1955)


The Grey Owl Books by Wa-Sha-Quon-Asin

Pilgrims of the Wild is one of the The Grey Owl Books by Wa-Sha-Quon-Asin.  In it a “a ‘Red Indian’ tries to convey to the white man, before it is too late, some of the spirit of his vanishing race”

The Grey Owl Books by Wa-Sha-Quon-Asin


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Pilgrims of the Wild is the attempt of a Red Indian to convey to the White Man, before it is too late, something of the spirit of Grey Owl (Wa-Sha-Quon-Asin), trapper, guide, sniper in the Canadian Army, later officially appointed Protector of Wild Life, and world famous; and of Anahareo, daughter of a line of Iroquois chiefs.

Their journey was long and weary, beset by hardships and dangers, and undertaken without hope of gain, in obedience to a spiritual vision, the vision that somehow, somewhere, they might find a sanctuary for the last survivors of the Little People, the little friends of the Red Indian, the beaver.

Grey Owl has been compared with Gilbert White of Selborne, and the comparison between a half-breed trapper of the Canadian backwoods, and the cultured, comfortable eighteenth-century country parson, may seem far-fetched. It is not so. Common to both are an intense love of all living things, extraordinary powers of observation in simple, vivid words. The influence of Gilbert White, Patron Saint of English naturalists, has been far reaching: so already, though his work is not yet done, is that of Grey Owl. This book has added thousands to his army of friends and admirers.

Other Grey Owl Books include

A Book Of Grey Owl (Pages from the writings of Wa-Sha-Quon_Asin) (Amazon UK, Amazon USA)

This book contains a selection  from all of Grey Owl’s published writings under five headings: Sajo and Shapian, The Beaver People, On the Trail, Creatures of the Wild, and North American Indians. It is a delightful volume, beautifully produced and fully illustrated with photographs old and new as well as Grey Owl’s own sketches, representing all aspects of his many sided genius.

The Green Leaf: A Tribute to Grey Owl edited by Lovat Dickson (Amazon UK, Amazon USA)

The contents of this delightful little book – a fitting memorial to a noble life cut off in its prime – include an account of Grey Owl’s last days; his death and burial; spontaneous tributes from the Press; a selection of very revealing letters to his publisher, now printed for the first time; some unpublished Precepts and passages from the books embodying  varying aspects of his philosophy; his farewell (undelivered) broadcast to the children of Britain; and a pictorial record of his last days, including some remarkable photographs printed in photogravure.

Tales Of An Empty Cabin (Amazon UK, Amazon USA)

The cabin will be recognisable to those who have read Pilgrims of the Wild as the House of McGinnis. The ghostly firelight in the empty cabin brings back to his mind now, as it did in that winter, “some half-forgotten story or incident, or thought, and by them there nearly always hung a tale.”

“It is a unique book, profound and fascinating…..I have been able only to hint at the wealth the book contains…..a book, incontestably, to possess and to brood over, again and again.” Hugh De Selincourt in the Sunday Times

The Adventures of Sajo And Her Beaver People (Amazon UK, Amazon USA)

“I have no hesitation whatever in calling The Adventures of Sajo and her Beaver People the best tale of its kind since Black Beauty…..I cannot imagine the child, or for that matter the grown up, who will not love reading about Sajo and her beavers as much as I have loved reading about them.” Compton Mackenzie in the Daily Mail

The Tree (Amazon UK, Amazon USA)

Grey Owl’s classic story of six hundred years in the life of a tree, illustrated with his own drawings and with cover design and end papers by Webster Murray


Games People Play by Eric Berne

Games People Play. Eric Berne


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People tend to live their lives by consistently playing out certain “games” in their interpersonal relationships. They play these games for a variety of reasons: to avoid confronting reality, to conceal ulterior motives, to rationalize their activities,or to avoid actual participation. These games – except when they are destructive – are both desirable and necessary.

Dr Berne offers a thorough and fascinating analysis of thirty six games, which he categorizes under seven headings; life games, which transcend a specific mode of response in a given situation and pervade the player’s every action; martial games, which two people may use in order to sustain a frustrating or unrewarding life ( a favourite martial game id “Frigid Women”, in which one of the two players provoke an argument, leading to anger and alienation of feeling to avoid sex); sexual games in which someone provokes sexual reactions in another person and then, as in the game ‘Rapo”, acts as though he or she were the innocent victim (exhibitionism – “The Stocking Game” is another common sexual game); party games, which by definition are social and move from the perpetual gossip to the chronic complainer; underworld games, such as “Cops and Robbers”, which are most often played for material gains but can also aim at psychological advantages; consulting room games, which can be played by a patient with a doctor in order to avoid getting cured.

In this book Dr Berne is developing and elaborating on a concept which he has already described for the specialist and which he employs in his new, unified system of individual and social psychiatry, in which group therapy is used as the basic method and the analysis of games is a major element in the treatment. He shows the concept can help people achieve a new self awareness and put them on the way to leading more constructive lives.

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The Tassajara Bread Book – Edward Espe Brown

The Tassajara Bread Book by Edward Espe Brown

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“This was the first cookbook I ever bought  for myself, back when it was first published. To this day i consider  The Tassajara Bread Book to have been a major influence not just on my cooking and baking, but on my attitude and philosophy about food in general. Thank you Ed Brown, for this lasting gift.” – MOLLIE KATZEN, author of the Moosewood Cookbook and the Enchanted Broccoli Forest

Good bread needs more than just flour and water, milk, or eggs. It requires nurturing and care.

In this 25th anniversary edition of the international best-seller that started a generation of Americans baking, Ed Brown shows how to make – and enjoy – breads, pastries, muffins and desserts for today’s sophisticated palates. And in a new afterward, he reflects on the widespread influence of the book, and offers five new recipes.

Edward Espe Brown was ordained a Zen priest in 1971. He is past president of and resident teacher at the San Francisco Zen Centre, and helped found and run the enormously successful Greens restaurant in San Francisco. Over the past ten years he has been leading meditation retreats and teaching cooking classes.

Ed Brown is also the author of Tassajara Cooking and the Tassajara Recipe Book: Favourites Of The Guest Season, as well as co-author of the Greens Cookbook.

From Introduction the the First Edition

Breadmaking is basically not a complicated process. Mix some flour with enough water to form a dough, adding a touch of salt perhaps; shape it, bake it, the result is bread in its simplest, most fundamental form: dense, coarse, crusty, robust, spirited, earthy.

Everything else (in a way) is extra: years, to make it lighter; milk, to give a softer crumb; sugar or honey to sweeten it; oil, for moistness;eggs’ for cakiness. The extras make bread palatable, more pleasing, more chewable and sliceable.




Understanding Power: The Indispensable Noam Chomsky

Understanding Power. Noam Chomsky.“Noam Chomsky is universally accepted as one of the pre-eminent public intellectuals of the modern era. Over the last thirty years, broadly diverse audiences have gathered to attend his sell-out lectures. Now in Understanding Power, Peter R Mitchell and john Schoeffel have assembled the best of Chomsky’s talks on the past, present and furure of the politics of power.

In a series of enlightening and wide-reasoning discussions-published here for the first time-Chomsky radically reinterprets the events of the past three decades, covering topics from foreign policy during the Vietnam War to the decline of welfare under the Clinton administration. And as he elucidates the connection between America’s imperialistic foreign policy and social inequalities  at home. Chomsky also discerns the necessary steps to take forward social change. With an eye to political activism and the media’s role in popular struggle, as well as foreign and domestic policy, Understanding Power is definitive Chomsky” (From the cover)

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The Chapter subjects are:

Chapter 1: Weekend Teach-In: Opening Session

The Achievements Of Domestic Dissidence. The U.S. Network of Terrorist Mercenary States. Overthrowing Third World Governments. Government Secrecy. The Media: An Institutional Analysis. Testing the “Propaganda Model”. The Media and Elite Opinion. Filters on Reporting.Honest Subordination. “Fight It Better”: The Media and the Vietnam War.

Chapter 2: Teach-In: Over Coffee

“Containing” the Soviet Union in  the Cold War. Orwell’s World and Ours. Contemporary Poverty. Religious Fanaticism.  “The Real Anti-Semitism”. Ronald Reagan and the Future of Democracy. Two New Factors in World Factors. Democracy Under Capitalism. The Empire. Change and the Future.

Chapter 3: Teach In: Evening

The Military-IndustrialComplex. The Permanent War Economy. Libyan and American Terrorism. The U.S. and the U.N.. Business, Apartheid and Racism. Winning the Vietnam War. “Genocide”: the United States and Pol Pot. Heroes and Anti-Heroes. “Anti-Intellectualism”. Spectator Sports. Western European Activism and Canada. Dispelling Illusions.

Chapter 4: Colloquy

The Totalitarian Strain. A Lithuania Hypothetical. Perpetuating Brainwashing Under Freedom. Journalism LeMoyne-Style: A Sample Of The Cynical Aspect. Rethinking Watergate. Escaping Indoctrination. Understanding The Middle East Conflict. The Threat Of Peace. Water and the Occupied Territories. Imperial Ambitions and the Arab Threat. Prospects for the Palestinians. Legitimacy in History. Qualifications to Speak on World Affairs; A Presidential Campaign.

Chapter 5: Ruling The World

Soviet Versus Western Economic Development. Supporting Terror. “People’s Democratic Socialist Republics”. The Organ Trade.  The Real Crime of Russia. Panama and Popular Invasions. Muslims and U.S. Foreign Policy. Haiti: Disturbance atan Expert Platform. Texaco and the Spanish Revolution. Averting Democracy in Italy. P.R. in Somalia. The Gulf War. Bosnia: Intervening Questions. Toying with India. The Oslo Agreement and Imperialist Revival.

Chapter 6. Discussion  Circle.

The Early Peace Movement and a Change in the 1970s. The Nuclear Freeze Movement. Awareness and Actions. Leaders and Movements. Levels of Change. Non-Violence. Transcending Capitalism. The Kibbutz Experiment. “Anarchism” and “Libertarianism”. Articulating Visions. “Want” Creation. Dissidents: Ignored of Vilified. Teaching About Resistance. Isolation. Science and Human Nature. Charlatans in the Sciences. Adam Smith: Real and Fake. The Computer and the Crowbar.

Chapter 7. Intellectuals and Social Change

The Leninist/Capitalist Intelligentsia. Marxist  “Theory” and Intellectual Fakery. Ideological Control In The Sciences and Humanities. The Functions of the Schools. Subtler Methods of Control. Cruder Methods of Control. The Fate of an Honest Intellectual. Forging Working Class Culture. The Fraud of Modern Economics. The Real Market. Automation. A Revolutionary Change in Modern Values.

Chapter 8. Popular Struggle

Discovering New Forms of Oppression. Freedom of Speech. Negative and Positive Freedom. Cyberspace and Activism. “Free-Trade” Agreements. Defense Department Funding and “Clean Money” The Favoured State and Enemy States. Canada’s Media. Should Quebec Separate From Canada? Deciphering “China”. Indonesia’s Killing Fields: U.S.-Backed Genocide in East Timor. Mass Murderers at Harvard. Changes in Indonesia. Nuclear Proliferation and North Korea. The Samson Option. The Lot of the Palestinians/ P’L’O. Ambition. The Nation-State System.

Chapter 9. Movement Organizing

The Movie Manufacturing Consent. Media Activism. Self Destruction of the U.S. Left. Popular Education. Third Party Politics. Boycotts. “A Praxis”. The War on Unions. Inner City Schools. Defending the Welfare State. Pensions Funds and the Law. Conspiracy Theories. The Decision to Get Involved. “Human Nature Is Corrupt”. Discovering Morality. Abortion. Moral Values.

Chapter 10. Turning Point.

Bringing the Third World Home. Welfare: the pea and the Mountain. Crime Control and “Superfluous” People. Violence and Repression. International Capital: The New Imperial Age. The Fairy Tale Economy. Building International Unions. Initial Moves and the Coming Crisis. Elite Planning – Slipping out Of Hand. Disturbed Populations Stirring. The Verge of Fascism. The Furure of History.