[Free eBook] Cowboys of the Americas: The Realities of Life as a Cowboy by Richard W. Slatta [Award-Winning World Cultural History]

Cowboys of the Americas: The Realities of Life as a Cowboy by Richard W. Slatta, a former history professor at NC State University, is his globe-trotting cultural/professional history of the cowboy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Frontier imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Yale University Press and won the National Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Western Heritage Award for Non-Fiction.

This combined cultural & professinoal history covers both continents of the Americas, from North to South, using first-hand historical accounts of various aspects of cowboy and ranch life on the Canadian Prairies, the US Wild West, and throughout Latin America, from the cowboys’ early beginnings as wild cattle hunters through to their roles in various frontier wars and indigenous conflicts, to their eventual decline as farmers and other settlers took over the plains, contrasting their everyday lives with their mythologized image in pop culture.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] A Way Through the Wilderness: The Natchez Trace and the Civilization of the Southern Frontier by William C. Davis [US Southwest Trade Route & Cultural History]

A Way Through the Wilderness: The Natchez Trace and the Civilization of the Southern Frontier by William C. Davis, an award-winning historian specializing in the Civil War and former Professor at Virginia Tech, is his frontier place and community history, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1995 by HarperCollins and was later reprinted by the Louisiana State University Press.

This targeted history focuses on the development of the Natchez Trace (nowadays maintained as a spin-off heritage hiking trail) which led to the US South West frontier, during the period from the Revolutionary War to the 1830s, as it became an important migration and trade route, and also explores the various people who used the trail in various ways and the communities which sprang up around it, drawing upon colourful anecdotes, as well as dispelling popular factual misconceptions.

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[Free eBook] Dirty Poole: A Sensual Memoir by Wakefield Poole [1970s Gay Theatre & Porn Director Autobiography]

Dirty Poole: A Sensual Memoir by Wakefield Poole, a Broadway choreographer and theatrical director who became a pioneering gay pornography film director during the 1970s, is an autobiographical memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This was originally published in 2000 by Alyson Books and was later adapted into the documentary film I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole in 2013.

This is the 2011 updated edition with a new afterword by the author, who was a respected Broadway choreographer and theatrical director who became a pioneering director of gay pornography films, and covers his experiences in both, with reminisces about vintage theatrical celebrities and life on and off stage, as well as the rise of the porn industry during the sexual revolution of the 1970s.

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[Free eBook] You Feel So Mortal: Essays on the Body by Peggy Shinner [Cultural Images & History]

You Feel So Mortal: Essays on the Body by Peggy Shinner is is her themed collection of non-fiction essays, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for March. Several essays were originally published in literary magazines including Chicago Review and Alaska Quarterly Review.

These essays explore various aspects of the human body from hair to feet, pre and post-death, both as life experiences and cultural images, examining the worldwide historical context of the accumulated folklore and beliefs in various societies about the body throughout the ages, as well as more philosophical musings about the author’s own relationship with her body and heritage.

Offered worldwide through March, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Character and Characters: The Spirit of Alaska Airlines by Robert J. Serling [Aviation Business History]

Character and Characters: The Spirit of Alaska Airlines by the late Robert J. Serling, a novelist and aviation writer who was also the brother of screenwriter Rod Serling of The Twilight Zone fame and occasionally contributed technical consultation on the show, is an aviation history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2008 by Documentary Media.

The book is a comprehensive aviation travel history/business biography of Alaska Airlines, from its beginnings as a small local bush plane venture in the 1930s to becoming a major carrier worldwide, covering its unconventional beginnings and various aspects of its history, from clever marketing campaigns to ground-breaking international flights to innovating online ticket sales, as well as the personalities behind the operations.

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[Free eBook] Say No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis by Ian Zack [20th C Guitarist Biography]

Say No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis by journalist Ian Zack is his biography of the eponymous African-American musician, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for November.

This biography of the late blues and gospel guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, whose style influenced many others (including Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, and more), traces his life and career, drawing upon extensive research and interviews (the author met several of Davis’ students while working as a ticket booker, who in turn introduced him to many more people who knew him).

Offered worldwide through November, available directly via the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Romantik 5 [18th-19th C Romanticism Era Literature & Culture Studies]

Romantik 05 edited by Robert W. Rix and a number of others from various universities in Europe is the 5th issue in the Romantik: Journal for the study of Romanticisms series of academic journals featuring multi-disciplinary articles and reviews on the topic of various aspects of the Romantic Era of the late 18th to mid 19th century and/or publications about them, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection for November.

This issue is focused on mainly literature and adjacent arts, but also features essays on nationalistic history-building and other diverse related topics, as well as reviews of recent Romanticism-related books.

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[Free eBook] Pensionatets kulturhistorie: Fællesskab, flirt og frikadeller by Mette Tapdrup Mortensen [Danish Travel Lodgings Cultural History]

Pensionatets kulturhistorie: Fællesskab, flirt og frikadeller (Cultural history of the pension: community, flirting, and meat patties) by Mette Tapdrup Mortensen is the 12th volume in the Skrifter om Dansk Byhistorie (Writings on Danish Urban History) series of topical academic titles, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection for November.

This accessibly-written book covers the history and cultural significance of the pensionat, a kind of guesthouse or short-term boarding house for visitors and travellers, covering various aspects of life in and around them, from their heyday in Denmark between the 1800s and WWII, to declining usage into the modern era, and suggestions as to the applicability of its model in the future, illustrated with plenty of period photographs and other facsimiles.

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[Free eBook] Granada Window by Marguerite Steen [Vintage Spain Cultural Travelogue]

Granada Window by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage cultural history cum travelogue memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1949 by The Falcon Press.

The book is a combined introductory cultural history and personal travelogue memoir of Spain, a country which the author would later settle in, which combines a look at its literature, history, and heritage alongside a tour of the region of Andalusia, sprinkling in her own experiences encountering the Andalusian people during her travels, and observations of cultural differences between Britain and Spain.

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[Free eBook] The Debate Continues: Being the Autobiography of Marjorie Bowen by Marjorie Bowen [20th C Author Autobiography]

The Debate Continues: Being the Autobiography of Marjorie Bowen by the late English author Marjorie Bowen, a prolific multi-genre novelist who wrote under many other pseudonyms during the early mid-20th century and had several works adapted to film, is her vintage autobiography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1939 by William Heinemann Ltd, and there’s a retrospective article about Bowen and her works as part of The Independent’s “Forgotten Authors” series, if you’re interested.

This autobiography details her early life spent in poverty and troubled family relationships as well as her attempts at self-education, and subsequent writing influences and career decisions.

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