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The Hanging and Redemption of John Gordon

Author : Paul F. Caranci
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On a frigid day in 1843, Amasa Sprague, a wealthy Yankee mill owner, left his mansion to check on his cattle. On the way, he was accosted and beaten beyond recognition, and his body was left facedown in the snow. What followed was a trial marked by judicial bias, witness perjury and societal bigotry that resulted in the conviction of twenty-nine-year-old Irish-Catholic John Gordon. He was sentenced to hang. Despite overwhelming evidence that the trial was flawed and newly discovered evidence that clearly exonerated him, an anti-Irish Catholic establishment refused him a new trial. On February 14, 1845, John Gordon became the last victim of capital punishment in Rhode Island. Local historian Paul F. Caranci brings this case to life, graphically describing the murder and exposing a corrupt judicial system, a biased newspaper and a bigoted society responsible for the unjust death of an innocent man.

Isabella

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Isabella is a young woman who finds her opportunities in the small village where she was born. She knows where the bones are buried and has indeed planted some of her own. Millville was an important manufacturing outpost during the Civil War and is now remaking itself into a historical footprint along the Blackstone River. The old Stamina Mill has been turned into apartments, and Isabella will oversee its residents. And when Kyle mysteriously returns from university in Boston, he too will need remaking. He too will feel Isabellas charmagain. And yes, Kasey Jones will find her inn is free and make peace with Doriss parrot and Dan Patchetts dog.

The Promise of Fatima

Author : Paul F. Caranci
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Great nations were declaring war against other nations. Bosnian rebels were plotting the overthrow of the Serbian government. Foreign leaders were regular targets of assassination. Religious freedom was under attack. The Catholic faith was being oppressed. World order hung in the balance. And against this hostile backdrop, three humble shepherd children were witness to a series of improbable visions that were destined to change the world. Near the majestic fields of Cova da Iria, in a pasture owned by the dos Santos family near the village of Fatima, Portugal, a woman who shone more brilliant than the sun, simply and dramatically appeared. For six consecutive months, the woman, who identified herself only as "Our Lady of the Rosary," would reveal messages so poignant and urgent that this extraordinary occurrence has grown into a worldwide devotion that continues to thrive to this very day. Now, with the perspective of one hundred years of history and controversy, historian Paul F. Caranci retells the story presenting a unique hour-by-hour, day-by-day account of the events surrounding the appearance as they unfolded. And he describes how through it all, the message of Fatima has created enormous change in the hearts of many, a change that is needed in everyone if the peace foretold and promised by "Our Lady of the Rosary" is to be realized.

Brotherly Love

Author : Charles Hoffmann
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On New Year's Eve in 1843, Rhode Island textile manufacturer Amasa Sprague was shot and beaten to death. Within two days, three Irish immigrant brothers - Nicholas, John, and William Gordon - were arrested and charged with murder. All three were eventually brought to trial. Brotherly Love is a graphic reconstruction of the crime, its social and economic background, and the subsequent trials. The story reveals the antagonism between native born Yankees, who commanded great power, and the growing number of Irish Catholic immigrants, most of whom worked in the textile mills. Indeed, the economic, political, and religious dimensions of the conflict are all evident in the trials. The authors argue persuasively that the Gordons were victims of bigotry and circumstantial evidence, serving as convenient scapegoats to appease a community outraged over the murder of its wealthiest citizen. In telling the story of this notorious case, Brotherly Love reveals the politics of prejudice in nineteenth-century New England as played out in community and courtroom.

The Christian Life

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Pulpit Publications 1660 1782 Authors of sermons

Author : John Gordon Spaulding
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Proceedings of The Annual Meeting Association for Advanced Life Underwriting

Author : Association for Advanced Life Underwriting
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Moody s Manual of Investments American and Foreign

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Medieval Armenian Art and Architecture

Author : John Gordon Davies
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Davies' study of medieval Armenian architecture focuses on one of Armenia's most outstanding medieval monuments, the Church of the Holy Cross at Aght'amar. The church, built a thousand years ago, has survived intact and provides a valuable glimpse of the art of the 10th-century kingdom of Vaspurakin.

Pilgrimage Yesterday and Today

Author : John Gordon Davies
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All pilgrimages should be stopped.' This blunt assertion by Martin Luther, echoed unanimously by the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformers, is the pivot of Professor Davies's fascinating and original study. Why were pilgrimages condemned? To answer the question he gathers together material to illustrate the nature of pilgrimages and the motives behind them, extending from patristic times to the Middle Ages. Then he studies the effects of the condemnation on the flourishing pilgrimage trade. During the nineteenth century, the Holy Land again attracted visitors, even among Protestants; here is another change which needs to be explained. Pilgrimages may have been resurrected in our day, but there has been little examination in depth of the criticisms previously levelled against them among Protestants. A substantial chapter attempts to fill this gap, at the same time supplying a modern theology of pilgrimage. The book ends with a review of the devotional aspects of modern pilgrimages, and with suggestions about possible services, use of the Bible, meditations and soon. J. G. Davies was Professor and former Head of the Department of Theology in the University of Birmingham.

The Story of a Nun

Author : Jane Quinn
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Pulpit Publications 1660 1782 Chronological list of sermons

Author : John Gordon Spaulding
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Hollywood and American History

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Books in Print

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The Law Journal

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The Nation

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John Wesley

Author : John Stacey
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Twenty varied contributors from Britain and overseas have written about some aspect of John Wesley in commemoration of the 250th anniversary (1988) of the conversions of John and Charles Wesley.

Hanging Between Heaven and Earth

Author : Scott D. Seay
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One of the most ritualized spectacles of colonial and early national New England, public execution was intended to warn of the wages of sin, reconcile the convict to both God and the community, and demonstrate the cooperative authority of church and state. The clergy played a central role in the ritual itself and provided one of the primary explications of it: the execution sermon. In his in-depth study, Seay analyzes just over 100 such sermons preached and published in colonial and early national New England. After placing the execution sermon in its ritual and literary context, he explores three interrelated themes--human sinfulness, the economy of conversion, and the nature and function of civil government--and outlines how theological explications of capital crime and its punishment changed over the course of 150 years. Seay offers more than a description of the content of these sermons; he explores how theological interpretations evolved in relation to larger cultural trends in early New England. Seay concludes that as long as the Congregational church remained established, executions were public, public discourse was restricted to an educated elite, and execution sermons remained the definitive word on crime and punishment. The decades following the American Revolution, however, brought the slow disestablishment of the church, the privatization of executions, and the democratization of public discourse. As a result of these cultural changes, the execution sermon slowly lost its currency in New England, and this genre of preaching simply disappeared. This book will appeal to those interested in American History, theology, and the ministry.

The Northwestern Miller

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The Weekly Reporter

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