The truth is that much of what we learn about history is a series of little white lies that over time have grown into tall tales. George Washington didn´t really walk around with a mouthful of wooden teeth. Those are real teeth and pearl inlays in Washington´s dentures. A recent study by Mary Thompson suggests Washington experimented with early dental transplants. He purchased replacement teeth from his slaves for 13 shillings (roughly $50 in 2015 money). Another truth every schoolchild learns early on is Paul Revere was a great hero of the revolution and saved the day by alerting the minutemen at Lexington and Concord that the British were coming. It´s true. Paul Revere made a midnight ride, and he spread the news about the British advance on Lexington and Concord, but the fact is Revere never completed his ride. And here´s another fact hardly anyone knows. Revere wasn´t the only one to make that ride. A second rider, William Dawes, set out by land at the same time Revere rowed across the bay to Charlestown. And one of the biggest hoaxes ever played on Americans occurred during the 1930s and early 1940s. FDR had polio and could barely walk, yet during his presidency most Americans had no idea the president was crippled. American history is full of strange paradoxes, and that´s one of the things that make it so interesting. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John McBride. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039861de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How is the election of 1876 stolen from Samuel Tilden, and why does the Compromise of 1877, which is part of the deal, all but ends the moral issue of concern for the ex-slaves? 20. James A. Garfield 21. Chester A. Arthur 22. Grover Cleveland 23. Benjamin Harrison. All are mediocre presidents, overshadowed by the economic giants of the times. 24. Cleveland, second term. He breaks Pullman strike with troops after the governor refuses to illegally intervene. 25. William McKinley. He annexes the Philippines after the Spanish-American War, leading to two years of brutal guerrilla war. He is assassinated by an anarchist. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eugene Lieber. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/054372de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The working cowhand of old was a dusty laborer, but today´s rodeo performers can hone their skills before small-town crowds and be stars in urban coliseums. Historian Kristine Fredriksson follows the evolution of rodeo from the range to Buffalo Bill´s Wild West to the extravaganzas in modern times. How an ordinary, low-paying job became an entertainment that attracts thousands of spectators is a lesson in American culture and a story that will appeal to anyone who spells ´´western´´ with a capital W. The book is published by Texas A&M Press. ´´In this entertaining and informative work, Fredriksson has written the first detailed historical account of rodeo as organized entertainment in the United States.´´ (Library Journal) ´´Here is a well-written and thoroughly documented scholarly narrative of the rodeo´s evolution from its amateur origins to its present status as a professional Sport.´´ (American Studies) ´´As an up-to-date, carefully-researched, and clearly-written history of the development of professional rodeo into a national sport, the book makes a valuable and significant contribution to rodeo literature.´´ (New Mexico Historical Review) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Curless. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/022608de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
You will get the most from this course by reading or listening to Professor Loewen´s book, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. Within that book are many facts about American (and world) history to which most people have simply never been exposed. Nationalist history by textbook authors and the descendants or biographers of the famous and infamous have given history students a very skewed vision of our true history - indeed, the true history of mankind. This course is designed to enlighten and encourage you to consider the factual basis of many of our most-cherished yet glossed-over stories and the real-life characters who populate them. From archaeological misinformation to investigations into the nature of modern public policy, Professor Loewen challenges you to consider the history of what ´´was´´ rather than what has been told by standard teaching methods and textbooks. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Professor James W. Loewen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/002544de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Responding to reports of gold discoveries on the Fraser River, thousands of prospectors from California and other points on the Pacific coast crossed the 49th parallel to British territory in 1858. Most returned to San Francisco and Puget Sound later in the same year, blaming their failure to find wealth in the river canyons on uncooperative Hudson´s Bay Company officials and the English government. Viewing events from the perspective of California, historians have generally considered the gold rush a failure. In reality, the Fraser River experience was a sustained success, continuing beyond 1858 and embracing the vast interior of British Columbia, and becoming one of the major developments in Pacific Northwest history. Although it was an artificial line bisecting forest, mountain, and prairie, the 49th parallel separated distinct regions of law and custom, explaining why many Americans were unable to comprehend the true nature of their adventures in British North America. The book is published by Washington State University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Peterson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/089328de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´I´ll wage they found no bullets in his back.´´ - Jim Bowie´s mother, after hearing of his death at the Alamo. A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history´s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors´ American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America´s most important men and women, in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten, or never known. Jim Bowie is one of 19th century America´s most famous names, even if what´s known about the man is more legend than fact. Like Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett, Bowie has come to represent the pioneering spirit of the frontier, along with the masculinity, machismo, and swagger that earned him a reputation for fighting. And like any good legend, he is perhaps best remembered for his death at the Alamo than for any aspect of his life. Bowie´s death and the defenders´ defeat at the Alamo, did not have a decisive impact on Texas´ War for Independence, but it became a poignant rallying cry in the immediate aftermath of the battle, and to this day, Americans associate it with patriotism, bravery, and determination. ´´Remember the Alamo´´ is still a widely used part of the English lexicon today, and the Alamo is a cherished piece of Americana. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Hare. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/092910de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This synthesis of Indian-white relations west of the Appalachians from the end of the French and Indian War to the beginning of the Mexican War is not simply a story of whites versus Indians. The term ´´whites´´ encompassed British, Spanish, and American settlers and governments, and the hundreds of Indian tribes who opposed them were no more unified than their European colonizers. The author focuses on relations among the British, the Spanish, the Americans, and Indian tribes in territories claimed by more than one of these groups, with particular emphasis on Indian tribes´ pursuit of trade, peace, and guarantees of their land. Self-interest motivated all the players in these complex interactions, and when irreconcilable differences inevitably resulted these were settled by force. The broad chronological and geographical scope of this volume encompasses British efforts to enforce new settlement policies after their defeat of the French, the Spanish system of missions and presidios, trade in the Columbia River basin of the Pacific Northwest, the Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears, and the establishment of a strong military presence to defend the trade routes of the Great Plains. The author´s clear explanations of complex negotiations over trade, land, and policy among countless conflicting groups during a period of transition will be invaluable for students and for the interested general listener. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fred Filbrich. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/035655de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The first significant book on the history and impact of the ADA - the ´´eyes on the prize´´ moment for disability rights. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the widest-ranging and most comprehensive piece of civil rights legislation ever passed in the United States, and it has become the model for disability-based laws around the world. Yet the surprising story behind how the bill came to be is little known. In this riveting account, acclaimed disability scholar Lennard J. Davis delivers the first behind-the-scenes and on-the-ground narrative of how a band of leftist Berkeley hippies managed to make an alliance with upper-crust, conservative Republicans to bring about a truly bipartisan bill. Based on extensive interviews with all the major players involved, including legislators and activists, Davis recreates the dramatic tension of a story that is anything but a dry account of bills and speeches. Rather, it´s filled with one indefatigable character after another, culminating in explosive moments when the hidden army of the disability community stages scenes like the iconic Capitol Crawl or an event some describe as ´´deaf Selma´´, when students stormed Gallaudet University demanding a ´´deaf president now!´´ From inside the offices of newly formed disability groups to secret breakfast meetings surreptitiously held outside the White House grounds, here we meet countless unsung characters, including political heavyweights and disability advocates on the front lines. ´´You want to fight?´´ an angered Ted Kennedy would shout in an upstairs room at the Capitol while negotiating the final details of the ADA. Congressman Tony Coelho, whose parents once thought him to be possessed by the devil because of his epilepsy, later became the bill´s primary sponsor. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Stillwell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023546de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´What William Cecil has accomplished at Biltmore Estate is one of the great preservation success stories of all time. He has set a high standard for what all historic house museums strive for: magnificently preserved buildings and grounds, engaging interpretation, and - perhaps most challenging of all - economic self-sufficiency. It is no surprise that Biltmore Estate is widely recognized as one of America´s finest places to visit.´´ (Richard Moe, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation) ´´Biltmore is a glorious national historic landmark that, through creative vision and entrepreneurial management, preserves and provides insight into a way of life in the early 1900s. Bill is the imaginative and multifaceted leader who has built this great monument to enrich his community. George and I admire his dedication and success.´´ (George and Abby Rockefeller O´Neill) ´´Bill Cecil and his team at Biltmore Estate have sure proved that they know how to build a successful business. They did it the old-fashioned way: embrace a bold idea that others said could not be done and - through commitment, determination, and hard work - bring it to life. Their achievement against the odds is inspiring, and their vision and perseverance are valuable lessons to us all.´´ (Don Logan, Chairman, Media & Communications Group, Time Warner) ´´If George Vanderbilt did nothing more than engage the two most prominent and storied designers of their time, architect Richard Morris Hunt and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, to carry out his vision of a European estate in the southern Appalachians, he would have created an American icon. The beauty of the method by which the estate was executed and, even today, the meticulous attention to detail, in the presentation and care of the estate by William Cecil, have brought history to life.´´ (Gary J. Walters, Chief Usher, The White House)PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying r... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mirron Willis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/005671de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A sexual history of the 1990s, when the baby boomers took over Washington, Hollywood, and Madison Avenue. A definitive look at the captains of the culture wars - and an indispensable road map for understanding how we got to the Trump Teens. The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph of the American Libido examines the scandal-strafed decade when our public and private lives began to blur due to the rise of the web, reality television, and the wholesale tabloidization of pop culture. In this comprehensive and often hilarious time capsule, David Friend combines detailed reporting with first-person accounts from many of the decade´s singular personalities, from Anita Hill to Monica Lewinsky, Lorena Bobbitt to Heidi Fleiss, Alan Cumming to Joan Rivers, Jesse Jackson to key members of the Clinton, Dole, and Bush teams. The Naughty Nineties also uncovers unsung sexual pioneers, from the enterprising sisters who dreamed up the Brazilian bikini wax to the scientists who, quite by accident, discovered Viagra. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Friend. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/003458de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.