A Few Bloody Noses: The American War of Independence by Robert Harvey

By Robert Harvey

Liberty opposed to oppression, correct opposed to mistaken - a transparent message has come all the way down to us concerning the origins of the yankee warfare of Independence, one of many founding occasions of the fashionable global. As with such a lot of legends, in reality a bit of varied. during this revealing account, Robert Harvey overturns such a lot of our assumptions in regards to the explanations of the battle. either Britain and the USA have been divided over the fight, the USA violently so, whereas in Britain many favoured independence if it should stay away from bloodshed. The battle itself used to be vicious and careworn, and marked by means of incompetence and undesirable religion on either side. while it was once over the american citizens driven out their French allies, whereas the British, who had inspired black slaves to insurrection, and Indians to assault, deserted either to their destiny. but after 4 years of misrule the Constitutional conference imposed its personal conservative counter-revolution, and out of bloodshed and anguish, crafty, idealism and braveness, there emerged the child kingdom that used to be to develop into the main strong the area has ever noticeable. In this impressive and extremely readable booklet Robert Harvey tells the entire remarkable tale of its delivery.

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The 1953 Santa Cruz Seahawk semipro baseball team played its games before large crowds at Harvey West Park. Shown here are, from left to right, (first row) Don Dickson, Jim Jesssen, Les Marple, Frank Ramicci, Dan Dierickson, and batboy Jack Bennett; (second row) Joe Aliberti, Fred Juhl, Bobby Jackson, Fred Sloper, and Bob Baldassar; (third row) Johnny Reiss, Ron Walters, Frank Murphy, Frank Meyers, and business manager Al Bennett. 37 Shown here is the 1947 Watsonville High Wildcat varsity baseball team photo from the Watsonville High School yearbook, the Manzanita.

According to participant Harold Van Gorder, John Steinbeck also ran in the mile, won by Irving Harcourt Bliss (far right) of Watsonville, and in which Malio Stagnaro of Santa Cruz placed second. “When Malio crossed the finish line,” Van Gorder recalled, “we swarmed him. It was terrifically exciting. Steinbeck was way behind in the pack, but none of us noticed. ” Van Gorder kept a detailed scrapbook of the meet, with panoramic photographs of every running contest. In the World War I era, girls’ volleyball was also a very popular activity at Santa Cruz High, with squads competing both intramurally and against other schools.

Finally, at the age of 33, after 16 years in professional baseball, Brovia got his chance at the major leagues, when the Cincinnati Reds called him up for a cup of coffee in the middle of the 1955 season. 33 During the 1920s and 1930s, most communities in the Monterey Bay area—Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Salinas, Monterey, Hollister, and Gilroy—hosted talented Japanese American baseball teams that played in highly competitive leagues against each other, with games scheduled on Sundays. The Santa Cruz YMA squad, shown here, includes two sets of brothers—Art, Burt, and Franklin Kithara; and Nobuyuki, Suama, Tom, and Tugio Iwanaga.

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