Nordic slavery is an elusive phenomenon, with few similarities to the systematic exploitation of slaves in households, mines, and amphitheaters in the ancient Mediterranean or the widespread slavery at American plantations during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Scandinavians in the early Middle Ages lived
in a society foreign to us, characterized by different and shifting social statuses. A person could be at once socially respected and unfree. It was possible to hand oneself over as a slave to someone else in exchange for protection and food. One could be sentenced temporarily to enslavement for some offense but later
purchase his manumission. Young men could enter into a kind of “contract' with a king or chieftain to join his retinue, accepting his authority, patronage, and jurisdiction, while at the same time making a quick social elevation.
Slavery was widespread all over Europe during the early Middle Ages and Scandinavians, as Stefan Brink illustrates in this book, became a major player in the northern slave trade. However, the Vikings were not particularly interested in taking slaves to Scandinavia; instead, their “business model” seems to have been
to raid, abduct, and then sell captured people at major slave markets. Their goal was not laborers but silver. Using a wide variety of source materials, including archaeology, runes, Icelandic sagas, early law, place names, personal names, and not least etymological and semantic analyses of the terminology of slaves,
Thraldom provides the most comprehensive survey of slavery in the Viking Age.
We Called It A War is Sargent Shriver’s first-hand account of leading President Johnson’s War on Poverty. Written on the cusp of the 1970s, the manuscript was recently rediscovered among Shriver’s personal papers and subsequently edited by long-time friend and law partner, David Birenbaum. The book recounts Shriver’s role in translating President Johnson’s audacious pledge to end poverty into a working set of social programs that continue to uplift and empower communities across the United States today.
In leading this effort, Shriver was tasked with drafting the requisite legislation, ushering it through a skeptical Congress, creating the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), and recruiting the talented anti-poverty warriors who would take the OEO from concept to implementation.
Shriver’s words reveal a public administrator skilled at creating major social policy; a global citizen driven by his Catholic faith and commitment to social justice; a principled pragmatist who successfully executed grand ideas; a social entrepreneur whose skeptical approach to bureaucracy enabled him to liberate the creative energies of the diverse individuals who collaborated with him; and a politician who earned the trust and respect of his adversaries.
Shriver’s anti-poverty efforts continues to resonate. Virtually all of the War on Poverty programs, many of them conceived personally by Shriver, continue to deliver tangible, consequential benefits to millions of people in all stages of life. These programs include Head start, Community Action, Legal Services, Job Corps, Americorps VISTA, Foster Grandparents, Upward Bound, and Neighborhood Health Services. Fifty years on, Shriver’s words remind us that to achieve equal opportunity and justice for all of our sisters and brothers, we must again create an environment that nurtures bold ideas and empowers decisive, community-based action.
Are you looking to focus your heart amid the bustle and preparation leading up to Christmas? Are you seeking the peace, hope, love, and joy at the heart of the holiday? Anne Neilson's Christmas Angels invites you to quiet your spirit as you focus on the wonder of the Savior's birth and the messengers who heralded the good news to the shepherds that first Christmas.
Fine artist and bestselling author Anne Neilson beautifully captures the angels' essence in this devotional designed especially for Advent. Gorgeous original art throughout showcases Anne's iconic angels alongside daily devotions that will usher you into the sacredness and beauty of the Christmas season.
This stunning and inspirational book:
- Weaves all-new art from Anne with Bible verses, poetry, prayers, and personal reflections
- Offers devotions for each day of Advent, organized weekly in the themes of hope, love, joy, and peace
- Makes a perfect hostess gift for holiday parties, Christmas gift for fans of Anne's art and previous books, or self-purchase to include as part of your own Christmas traditions
Through 28 entries that include Scripture, poetry, and ethereal art, Anne reflects on the angels' special role in the Christmas story through devotions and stories that will bring your heart to the reason for our hope-born as a baby in a manger.
Let Anne Neilson's Christmas Angels prepare your heart for the Savior who is the best gift we could ever offer or receive.
Look for other inspirational, art-filled books from Anne, such as:
- Anne Neilson's Angels
- Entertaining Angels
- The Brushstrokes of Life (coming 4/18/2023)
Broadcaster and activist June Sarpong OBE lays bare an honest and intimate account of a life spent at the forefront of the fight for inclusivity.
Following a career spanning over twenty-five years, June Sarpong has become one of the most recognisable faces of British television. The recipient of both an MBE and OBE for her work in charity and broadcasting, in 2019 June made history by becoming the first ever Director of Creative Diversity for the BBC.
In this memoir June invites us all into her life. From her early childhood spent in Ghana to her experiences as a black woman forging a career in the media – where she was often the only black person, or woman, in the room – June opens the door to her world and paints a poignant picture of what has helped shape her into who she is today.
The Only One in the Room is a passionate story about breaking down barriers and advocating for equality in all areas of life, and one that will empower others to do the same.
From the bestselling author of the Love & Respect phenomenon comes a healthier way to communicate in the digital age, where one misstep can cost you everything.
Every day we are given plenty of new examples of people communicating without thinking and soon regretting it. Social media means what it says: it's social! Our methods of communication today allow for something to potentially be broadcast around the world in seconds.
Every day we have the potential of both verbal and written blunders. It makes no difference if we are talking to a stranger in a store, chatting on a cell phone with our mothers, or sending an e-mail to a coworker; we can and do miscommunicate, and people can and do get the wrong idea. When we don't pause long enough to think before speaking or writing, it commonly yields a misunderstanding and leads to a clash.
This book is about preventing misunderstandings and allowing for understanding. From external examples to internal turmoil, Before You Hit Send is about the four things we must think through before communicating. In all things we wish to say or write, we would be wise to ask ourselves,
- Is it true?
- Is it kind?
- Is it necessary?
- Is it clear?
Learn to ask and answer these four questions honestly, thinking wisely before you speak. Uncover why we consciously and subconsciously get into communication disasters to begin with. Through this enlightening guide, you may be surprised what you discover about yourself.
New York Times Bestseller
This American Book Award winning title about Native American struggle and resistance radically reframes more than 400 years of US history
A New York Times Bestseller and the basis for the HBO docu-series Exterminate All the Brutes, directed by Raoul Peck, this 10th anniversary edition of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States includes both a new foreword by Peck and a new introduction by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.
Unflinchingly honest about the brutality of this nation's founding and its legacy of settler-colonialism and genocide, the impact of Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's 2014 book is profound. This classic is revisited with new material that takes an incisive look at the post-Obama era from the war in Afghanistan to Charlottesville's white supremacy-fueled rallies, and from the onset of the pandemic to the election of President Biden. Writing from the perspective of the peoples displaced by Europeans and their white descendants, she centers Indigenous voices over the course of four centuries, tracing their perseverance against policies intended to obliterate them.
Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. With a new foreword from Raoul Peck and a new introduction from Dunbar Ortiz, this classic bottom-up peoples' history explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative.
Big Concept Myths
That America's founding was a revolution against colonial powers in pursuit of freedom from tyranny
That Native people were passive, didn't resist and no longer exist
That the US is a "nation of immigrants" as opposed to having a racist settler colonial history
A treasure trove of forgotten stories about jewels throughout history by internationally renowned jewellery expert, Carol Woolton.
If Jewels Could Talk: Links Through Time delves into the history, cultural significance and eclectic trivia of jewellery. As a jewellery historian, jewellery editor at British Vogue and now podcast host, Carol Woolton is uniquely qualified to take us on a whistlestop tour through history via seven items of jewellery: hoops, rings, beads, charms, brooches, cuffs and head ornaments.
Weaving in examples from cultures around the world, Carol will uncover fascinating stories about Viking silver torques, Imperial jade in China, sixteenth-century Posy rings, organic gems, snake motifs, Roman cameo carving, Hindu wedding jewellery, Etruscan gold, Ancient Greek coins, piercings, Wedding pigs in China, tiaras and anklets - to name but a few.
A beautiful and illuminating gift for any jewellery lover, If Jewels Could Talk shines a light on all that glitters and more.