Friday Free Ebook: Postcards from Kauai

This find comes  a day late, but I think people will enjoy it none-the-less.

I was searching Google Books today and came across this gem:  Kauai: 100 Years in Postcards, By Stormy Cazad, published in 2011.  It is part of the Postcard History Series of Acadia Publishing.

The book is full of postcards going back to the early part of the 1900s.  It has many views of agriculture and historic buildings, as well as postcards showing people.

Though the book is not available in ebook format, it can be viewed in its entirety on Google Books.  Check it out if this island interests you.



Friday Free Ebook: Labor Conditions in Hawaii

This book should be of interest to those who had relatives working on the sugar plantations in Hawaii.  “Labor Conditions in Hawaii:  a Letter from the  Secretary of Labor transmitting the fifth annual report of the Commission of Labor Statistics on Labor Conditions in the Territory of Hawaii for the Year 1915″.  Washington : Government Printing Office, 1916.

This is a report from the Labor Department on conditions at Hawaii’s plantations.  It has some pretty interesting information of work conditions.  It also includes charts on wages and pay which might be of interest.  Those wages are broken down by occupation and race.

The book is available for download through in several formats.


Friday Free Ebook: Everything Family Christmas

I haven’t had anything to post recently in this category.  I thought I’d share the newest free book over at Barnes & Noble.  This ebook is available for the Nook (as well as other readers that take the ePUB format).

The book is called The Everything Family Christmas Book by Yvonne Jeffrey.  It’s a collection of Christmas lore, songs, stories, religions traditions, pagan traditions, and so forth.  It’s an interesting read for anyone interested in learning more about the holiday, it’s beginnings, and rituals.

I downloaded a copy today and started to read some of the history section.  It was interesting to find that during various periods of time Christian church leaders of different faiths found Christmas to be very unChristian.  Americans banned the practice after the American Revolution.  It was deemed as unChristian and too European.  The Puritans banned Christmas too.  Though I think they were against pretty much anything that was festive and might show people enjoying life.

What we know as Christmas, really is a modern creation.  The celebrations of Christmas didn’t really come back into favor until the early to mid 1800s.    A book called A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens had much to do with increasing it’s popularity.

You can get the book from free from the Barnes & Noble website.  Enjoy!