The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints renounced the practice of plural marriage in 1890. In the mid- to late 19th century, however - the heyday of Mormon polygamy - as many as three out of every 10 Mormon women became polygamous wives. Paula Kelly Harline delves deep into the diaries and autobiographies of 29 such women, providing a rare window into the lives they led and revealing their views and experiences of polygamy, including their well-founded belief that their domestic contributions would help to build a foundation for generations of future Mormons. Polygamous wives were participants in a controversial and very public religious practice that violated most 19th-century social and religious rules of a monogamous America. Harline considers the questions: Were these women content with their sacrifice? Did the benefits of polygamous marriage for the Mormons outweigh the human toll it required and the embarrassment it continues to bring? Polygamous wives faced daunting challenges not only imposed by the wider society but within the home, yet those whose writings Harline explores give voice to far more than unhappiness and discontent. The personal writings of these women, all married to different husbands, are the heart of this remarkable audiobook - they paint a vivid and sometimes disturbing picture of an all but vanished and still controversial way of life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paula Kelly Harline. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019792/bk_adbl_019792_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The year is 1923. The Santa Rita No. 1 has hit the pay in West Texas, and San Angelo is becoming an oil boom town. Prosperity is flowing, and Miss Pearl´s Parlor is open for business! Thirteen women have come to work at Miss Pearl´s Parlor. How did they get there? What challenges did they have to overcome? Why did they make so much money? Why did they have so much business? Why San Angelo? In 1904, fate has brought Victoria Pearl McDougal to live in the adventurous West Texas frontier. In 1921 she has opened Miss Pearl´s Parlor, a profitable business on the Concho River in San Angelo where she has incorporated her experiences working as a courtesan at the famous Everleigh Club in Chicago. Just like her mentors, Minna and Ada Everleigh, Victoria Pearl is an expert on men and allows only a select, gentlemanly clientele. The historical facts are true and the stories are real. Wait until you read about Suzy Poontang! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cynthia Jordan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/031707/bk_acx0_031707_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
4-H, the iconic rural youth program run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has enrolled more than 70 million Americans over the last century. As the first comprehensive history of the organization, The 4-H Harvest tracks 4-H from its origins in turn-of-the-century agricultural modernization efforts, through its role in the administration of federal programs during the New Deal and World War II, to its status as an instrument of international development in Cold War battlegrounds like Vietnam and Latin America.Organizers believed the clubs would bypass backward patriarchs reluctant to embrace modern farming techniques. In their place, 4-H would cultivate efficient, capital-intensive farms and convince rural people to trust federal expertise.Gabriel N. Rosenberg provocatively argues that public acceptance of the political economy of agribusiness hinged on federal efforts to establish a modern rural society through effective farming technology and techniques as well as through carefully managed gender roles, procreation, and sexuality. The 4-H Harvest shows how 4-H, like the countryside it often symbolizes, is the product of the modernist ambition to efficiently govern rural economies, landscapes, and populations. The book is published by University of Pennsylvania Press."Original; surprising, deeply-sourced, convincing, and a delightful read." (James C. Scott, Yale University)"This beautifully crafted study offers a braided history of the state, the body, and the countryside… The 4-H Harvest is an absorbing and utterly original read." (Margot Canaday, Princeton University)"Gabriel N. Rosenberg´s masterful history of 4-H is the first in-depth study of an institution that every historian of agriculture, not to mention every rural American, recognizes as an essential component of the modern rural landscape." (Shane Hamilton, University of Georgia) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Carrico. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/090118/bk_acx0_090118_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Oakland is a blues city, brawling and husky.... Often overshadowed by San Francisco, its twinkling sister city across the Bay, Oakland is itself an American wonder. The city is surrounded by and filled with natural beauty - mountains and hills and lakes and a bay - and architecture that mirrors its history as a Spanish mission, a gold rush outpost, and home of the West´s most devious robber barons. It´s also a city of artists and blue-collar workers, the birthplace of the Black Panthers, neighbor to Berkeley, and home to a vibrant and volatile stew of immigrants and refugees. In Blues City, Ishmael Reed, one of our most brilliant essayists, takes us on a tour of Oakland, exploring its fascinating history, its beautiful hills and waterfronts, and its odd cultural juxtapositions. He takes us into a year in the life of this amazing city, to black cowboy parades and Indian powwows, to Black Panther reunions and Gay Pride concerts, to a Japanese jazz club where a Lakota musician plays Coltrane´s ´´Naima´´. Reed provides a fascinating tour of an untamed, unruly Western outpost set against the backdrop of political intrigues, ethnic rivalries, and a gentrification-obsessed mayor, opening our eyes not only to a singular city but to a newly emerging America. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ishmael Reed. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004685/bk_rand_004685_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the late 1930s, the Federal Writers´ Project set out to create a first-person portrait of America by sending young writers around the country to interview people from diverse ethnic groups, occupations, and backgrounds. When the Writers Project closed its doors, some 10,000 of these oral histories were left gathering dust in a remote storeroom at the Library of Congress. In First Person America, Ann Banks has collected dozens of these oral histories, including a North Carolina patent-medicine pitchman, a retired Oregon prospector, a Bahamian midwife from Florida, a Key West smuggler, a Pullman Porter, and Chicago jazz musicians. There are men and women who remember meeting Billy the Kid, survived the Chicago Fire, and fled the Czar to America. They hawked lucky charms and patent medicine. They knew Bix Beiderbecke personally and tried to copy his style in Chicago jazz clubs. They peddled cake flavoring, auctioned tobacco, and fished and smuggled rum, and sometimes aliens, from Cuba to Key West. They worked in coal and granite and cotton and iron. The women quilted and pressed laundry and took in boarders and delivered babies. And when their men ran out on them they swallowed their pride and threw rent parties. Lloyd Green, a Pullman Porter in Harlem, lamented his move north to the big city, telling Federal Writer Ralph Ellison, ´´I´m in New York, but New York ain´t in me.´´ First Person America is narrated by Tony Kahn, a public radio veteran writer, host, and producer. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tony Kahn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/042456/bk_acx0_042456_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Andersonvilles of the North, by James M. Gillispie, represents the first broad study to argue that the image of Union prison officials as negligent and cruel to Confederate prisoners is severely flawed. This study is not an attempt to ´´whitewash´´ Union prison policies or make light of Confederate prisoner mortality. But once the careful listener disregards unreliable postwar polemics, and focuses exclusively on the more reliable wartime records and documents from both Northern and Southern sources, then a much different, less negative, picture of Northern prison life emerges. While life in Northern prisons was difficult and potentially deadly, no evidence exists of a conspiracy to neglect or mistreat Southern captives. Confederate prisoners´ suffering and death were due to a number of factors, but it would seem that Yankee apathy and malice were rarely among them. In fact, likely the most significant single factor in Confederate (and all) prisoner mortality during the Civil War was the halting of the prisoner exchange cartel in the late spring of 1863. Though Northern officials have long been condemned for coldly calculating that doing so aided their war effort, the evidence convincingly suggests that the South´s staunch refusal to exchange black Union prisoners was actually the key sticking point in negotiations to resume exchanges from mid-1863 to 1865. History/Military Book Club Selection. The book is published by University of North Texas Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Randall R. Berner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/094053/bk_acx0_094053_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922) was an American author, editor and satirist. ´The Ghost Club´ is a lighthearted ghost story told by a prisoner who has been found guilty of burglary and the theft of a set of ornate silver teaspoons. His improbable story of how he came to be in possession of the spoons is extraordinary and charmingly engaging. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cathy Dobson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redd/000807/bk_redd_000807_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A gripping collection of outstanding American classic short stories by some of America´s greatest writers. ´A Ghost Story´ by Mark Twain ´Pomegranate Seed´ by Edith Wharton ´Pigeons from Hell´ by Robert E. Howard ´Pickman´s Model´ by H. P. Lovecraft ´The Adventure of the German Student´ by Nathaniel Hawthorne ´Absolute Zero´ by Morgan Robertson ´The Ghost Club´ by John Kendrick Bangs ´The Black Dog´ by Stephen Crane ´Absolute Evil´ by Julian Hawthorne ´The Baumoff Explosive´ by William Hope Hodgson ´The Stranger´ by Ambrose Bierce ´The Ransom of Red Chief´ by O. Henry ´In the Forest of Villefore´ by Robert E. Howard ´The Mystery of the Steel Room´ by Thomas W. Hanshew ´A Child of the Rain´ by Elia W. Peattie ´The Last Leaf´ by O. Henry ´Cool Air´ by H. P. Lovecraft ´The Revolt of Mother´ by Mary Wilkins-Freeman ´Kerfol´ by Edith Wharton ´Over the Border´ by Morgan Robertson Plus 20 more great classic American short stories. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cathy Dobson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redd/000810/bk_redd_000810_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Frank R. Stockton (1834-1902) was an American writer and humorist. His short stories were very popular in his day and are gaining a new audience today. Stockton used humor to poke fun at human foibles and created fantastic characters that he described in a charming, matter-of-fact way.His most famous story is ´´The Lady, or the Tiger?´´ (1882), about a man sentenced to an unusual punishment for having a romance with a king´s beloved daughter. Taken to the public arena, he is faced with two doors, behind one of which is a hungry tiger that will devour him. Behind the other is a beautiful lady-in-waiting, whom he will have to marry, if he finds her. While the crowd waits anxiously for his decision, he sees the princess among the spectators, who points him to the door on the right. The lover starts to open the door and....the story ends abruptly there. Did the princess save her love by pointing to the door leading to the lady-in-waiting, or did she prefer to see her lover die rather than see him marry someone else? That discussion hook has made this story a staple of English classes in American schools.This volume includes ´´The Lady or the Tiger´´ as well as its sequel, ´´The Discourager of Hesitancy´´.Also included are: ´´Mr. Tolman´´ ´´Our Archery Club´´ ´´The Griffon and the Minor Canon´´ ´´His Wife´s Deceased Sister´´ ´´The Transferred Ghost´´ ´´Our Story´´ ´´Old Pypes and the Dryad´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Walter Zimmerman , Cindy Hardin Killavey , Jim Killavey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/jimc/000238/bk_jimc_000238_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.