A different kind of history...
Welcome to Bowmanstone Press
We are a new micro-publisher, intent on delivering history-oriented content in non-traditional, even fun, ways.
We are very proud to announce the availability of our first book (below and at right) and we have a number of exciting projects in the queue. So, we hope that you will add our site to your favorites and keep coming back!
Ä The perfect gift for history buffs and collectors,
Ä A fantastic resource for students / teachers / libraries,
Ä An informative addition to your reading list and
Ä An affordable, premium-quality addition to your personal library .
Will Nipper’s new book,
In Yankee Doodle’s Pocket: The Myth, Magic and Politics of Money in Early America
, offers fresh perspectives on America’s celebrated ascent from disparate colonial outposts to sovereign power. Through the day-to-day instruments of trade and commerce, this work reveals the myriad threads of culture and hidden history that together wove a new nation. Based on years of research, the associated facts, legends and theories are presented in a conversational narrative that all audiences can read and appreciate.
In Yankee Doodle’s Pocket links everyday objects with the larger-than-life people, events, societies and upheavals that brought them into existence. The tale begins with the earliest European forays into the wilderness and ends with the 1840 dawning of America’s industrial age. In the frontier beginning, barter monies sprang from fields, forests and oceans. In the end monotonously uniform coins and printed paper spewed from urban factories born of the Industrial Revolution. Until then, America’s coins and paper currency were works of art, as beautiful in their simplicity and hand-crafted variation as their European counterparts were in sophisticated perfection. These objects reveal an America that was surprisingly cosmopolitan and commercial from the start. They helped communicate ideas, foster expansion and enable transformation.
Showing their independence, enterprising individuals, colonies, then states, then the new federal governments themselves, conceived their own instruments of commerce. Every new issue proclaimed the symbols and ideals of the day. As such, these artifacts were both witnesses to remarkable change and vital instruments of it. They tell of imperial and personal triumph – and folly. They celebrate our remarkable capacity for invention and adaptation. More importantly, they speak of the great American struggle between diversity and unanimity that was and remains a defining national principle. As we evolved from pluribus to something approaching unum , so did our money. This is the story of how it happened.
What it is and isn’t
Ä In Yankee Doodle’s Pocket is a history book, illustrated with money. It’s just as much a book about money, illustrated with history.
Ä It’s a reference, but not a reference. Don’t look here for market values or grading guidelines. In Yankee Doodle’s Pocket tells an epic story that is intended to be read, and read enjoyably. And, by the way, it contains some very useful technical information and hundreds of great pictures and line drawings.
Ä It’s a resource for collectors, but it doesn’t take a collector to appreciate it. Anyone who studies, teaches about or otherwise has an interest in history will enjoy it.