Laurel Weidner desires a life of her own away from Philadelphia society and a dull, boring marriage. She is sent to live with her aunt in Lawrence, Massachusetts. When her aunt dies in a tornado, she gets a job at the Brown Textile Mill to avoid going back home. Two months later the mill burns down, and her father threatens to bring her back to Philadelphia. When the mill and her livelihood perish with the fire, she has no other choice but to answer an ad in the Grooms´ Gazette and become a Mail-Order Bride. Will she find peace and long lasting love in the arms of a stranger? Griffin Benning needs a mother for his children. When his wife died, he lost his two children to his in-laws who claimed to have a better environment for raising his children. He misses his family and is coerced into advertising in the Grooms´ Gazette for a wife to raise his children and work the farm in order to get them back. Will his ad for a Mail-Order Bride provide what he needs? Can he find love and happiness with a stranger? Can these two strangers find a common ground to reach their goals along with a happy-ever-after? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cindy Killavey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059637/bk_acx0_059637_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Black River flows from Missouri into Arkansas, east of Branson and west of the Bootheel. It meanders where the foothills of the Ozarks begin to rise out of the Mississippi plain. The area was sparsely populated when E. R. Coleman was a young man. Like the population they served, businesses were modest, mostly small, and scattered. Arkansas was still the Bear State; slogans boasting that it was - or predicting that it would become - the ´´Land of Opportunity´´ were yet to be conceived. Coleman´s early years were shaped by the Great Depression, by a family ethic that dictated working as long as there was sunlight in the day, and by a region bordered on the west by Oklahoma´s Dust Bowl and on the east by the mighty - sometimes vengeful - Mississippi River. Told in his own words, this is a genuine American Horatio Alger story of hardscrabble beginnings, working longer and harder than today´s youth might be able to imagine, and plain dealing from cotton fields to board rooms. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeffrey W Goodrich. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/054704/bk_acx0_054704_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this deeply researched and well-written study, Donald P. McNeilly examines how moderately wealthy planters and sons of planters immigrated into the virtually empty lands of Arkansas, seeking their fortune and to establish themselves as the leaders of a new planter aristocracy west of the Mississippi River. These men, sometimes alone, sometimes with family, and usually with slaves, sought the best land possible, cleared it, planted their crops, and erected crude houses and other buildings. Life was difficult for these would-be leaders of society and their families, and especially hard for the slaves who toiled to create fields in which they labored to produce a crop. McNeilly argues that by the time of Arkansas´s statehood in 1836, planters and large farmers had secured a hold over their frontier home, and that between 1840 and the Civil War, planters solidified their hold on politics, economics, and society in Arkansas. The author takes a topical approach to the subject, with chapters on migration, slavery, non-planter whites, politics, and the secession crisis of 1860-1861. McNeilly offers a first-rate analysis of the creation of a white, cotton-based society in Arkansas, shedding light not only on the southern frontier, but also on the established Old South before the Civil War. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Randy Whitlow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/071210/bk_acx0_071210_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fort Reno and the Indian Territory Frontier is a powerful synthesis of Southern Plains history during the late 19th century. Following the Indian uprising known as the Red River War, Fort Reno (in what would become western Oklahoma) was established in 1875 by the United States government. Its original assignment was to serve as an outpost to exercise control over the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians. But Fort Reno also served as an embryonic frontier settlement around which the first trappings of Anglo-American society developed a regulatory force between the Indian tribes and the white man, and the primary arm of government responsible for restraining land-hungry whites from invading country promised to Native American tribes by treaty. With the formation of the new Territory of Oklahoma and introduction of civil law, Fort Reno was forced to assume another purpose: it became a cavalry remount center. But when the mechanization of the military brought an end to the horse cavalry, the demise of Fort Reno was imminent. The story of Fort Reno, as detailed here by Stan Hoig, touches on several of the most important topics of 19th-century Western history: the great cattle drives, Indian pacification and the Plains Wars, railroads, white settlement, and the Oklahoma land rushes. Hoig deals not only with Fort Reno, but also with Darlington agency, the Chisolm Trail, and the trading activities in Indian Territory from 1874 to approximately 1900. The book is published by The University of Arkansas Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Badila. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/066021/bk_acx0_066021_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Until recently, this localized violence was largely ignored, scholars focusing instead on large-scale operations of the war - the decisions and actions of generals and presidents. But as Daniel Sutherland reminds us, the impact of battles and elections cannot be properly understood without an examination of the struggle for survival on the home front, of lives lived in the atmosphere created by war. Sutherland gathers 11 essays by such noted Civil War scholars as Michael Fellman, Donald Frazier, Noel Fisher, and B. F. Cooling, each one exploring the Confederacy´s internal war in a different state. All help to broaden our view of the complexity of war and to provide us with a clear picture of war´s consequences, its impact on communities, homes, and families. This strong collection of essays delves deeply into what Daniel Sutherland calls ´´the desperate side of war´´, enriching our understanding of a turbulent and divisive period in American history. The book is published by The University of Arkansas Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Moriarty. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/075756/bk_acx0_075756_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dwight D. Eisenhower earned public acclaim during World War II as supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe. The first Republican since Herbert Hoover to occupy the White House, ´´Ike” planned to hold the line against further expansion of federal powers. He worked assiduously to avoid being dragged into the school desegregation issue, believing in a ´´gradualist” approach to eliminating racial discrimination. Eisenhower helped steer the Supreme Court toward a middle-ground ´´with all deliberate speed” approach in Brown v. Board of Education II and hoped to allow states and local communities to work out the desegregation issue themselves. When the governor of Arkansas refused to allow black children to attend public school in Little Rock, however, Eisenhower was forced to send in National Guard troops to restore order. In the end, Eisenhower’s commitment to ´´gradualism,” albeit well-intentioned, allowed those dedicated to preserving segregation to advance their agenda, ushering in the period of violence and civil rights protests that would plague the nation in the 1960s. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Runnette. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027540/bk_adbl_027540_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
James MacGregor Burns’s stunning trilogy of American history, spanning the birth of the Constitution to the final days of the Cold War. In these three volumes, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winner James MacGregor Burns chronicles with depth and narrative panache the most significant cultural, economic, and political events of American history. In The Vineyard of Liberty, he combines the color and texture of early American life with meticulous scholarship. Focusing on the tensions leading up to the Civil War, Burns brilliantly shows how Americans became divided over the meaning of Liberty. In The Workshop of Democracy, Burns explores more than a half-century of dramatic growth and transformation of the American landscape, through the addition of dozens of new states, the shattering tragedy of the First World War, the explosion of industry, and, in the end, the emergence of the United States as a new global power. And in The Crosswinds of Freedom, Burns offers an articulate and incisive examination of the US during its rise to become the world’s sole superpower - through the Great Depression, the Second World War, the Cold War, and the rapid pace of technological change that gave rise to the ´´American Century.” 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Ashby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017311/bk_adbl_017311_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Throughout his long and influential career, Michael Fellman has explored the tragic side of American history. Best known for his path-breaking work on the American Civil War and for an interdisciplinary methodology that utilizes social psychology, cultural anthropology, and comparative history, Fellman has delved into issues of domination, exploitation, political violence, racism, terrorism, and the experiences of war. Incorporating essays written over the past thirty years - two of them previously unpublished, and the others not widely available - Views from the Dark Side of American History reveals some of the major personal and scholarly concerns of his career and illuminates his approach to history, research, applied theory, and analysis. Each essay includes a thought-provoking preface and afterword that situate it in its time and explore its intellectual and political contexts. Fellman also grapples with the personal elements of developing as a historian - the people with whom he argued or agreed with, the settings in which he gave or published the papers, and the subjective as well as historical issues that he addressed. The collection encourages history students, historians, and general readers of history to think through the layers of their historical engagement and to connect their personal experiences and social commitments to their explorations. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Fisher. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/001685/bk_acx0_001685_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1550-51, Bartolomé de las Casas and Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, in the Valladolid Debate, attempted to settle the issue of whether or not Native Americans should have been enslaved, given sanction by the Pope. Both carefully argued their sides, las Casas stating emphatically, through his ´´Apología´´, that Native Americans were not all uncivilized and that only Canaanite tribes could be enslaved. What ensued was a heated, good-versus-evil argument that settled nothing and still allowed the Catholic Church and the Spanish government to condone and support the continued enslavement of native peoples. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dennis Logan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039554/bk_acx0_039554_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.