Eating habits in the American colonies incorporated a wide variety of cultural influences. Contrast the culinary fashions of Virginia, modeled on the English gentry, with the mercantile, Puritan ethic of New England; the varied foodways of the Dutch settlers, Germans, Quakers, and Quebecois; and the unique cuisine of Louisiana. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Albala. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/aq/a043/000220/aq_a043_000220_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book surveys the colonial and revolutionary history of the Pennsylvania colony from the day William Penn founded the colony, through decades of political disagreement among members of the Penn family, and between the Pennsylvania government and its citizens. Those disputes resulted in groundbreaking political principles, many of which became the foundation of the new federal government when the US became independent. The survey briefly discusses the contributions of the Penn family, establishment of institutions of higher learning, and the first abolitionist movements in the US. Pennsylvania´s Founding Fathers run the gamut from an indentured servant to wealthy merchants, politicians, and soldiers. Of course, the most well-known is Benjamin Franklin, who many historians refer to as America´s Founding Father because of his contributions to education, politics, society, and the sciences. Pennsylvania´s role in the American Revolution is significant, with Valley Forge, Brandywine and Germantown being some of the most noteworthy locations. The fighting may have ended in 1781, but another war - between the military and the new government - took place in Philadelphia, and resulted in the relocation of the US government to Washington, DC. The Whiskey Rebellion - the first serious threat to the new US government - occurred in Pennsylvania and its outcome and implications for the future of the new nation are discussed. The final installment of the French-Indian Wars - the French and Indian War - was fought as the North American counterpart of the Seven Years´ War. Known for widespread fighting throughout the American colonies, the war resulted in high debt and the ´´Intolerable Acts´´, which lead to American independence. The special topic in this installment is the social and economic impact of hurricanes in the colonial period, a time in which colonists lacked today´s prediction and mitigation methods. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Deren Hansen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/044455/bk_acx0_044455_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1775, the colonists in British North America - Americans, really - began a fight for independence that would last nearly a decade, and which resulted in a new nation with its own constitution. The U.S. Constitution as it was originally written, contained remedies to legislation passed by the English/British Parliament during the 17th and 18th Centuries, which were so objectionable that colonists were willing to give up their lives and property to become free. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Deren Hansen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/013145/bk_acx0_013145_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Adventures in Colonial America is a 13-part series focusing on the history of each of the original 13 American colonies from their founding, through expansion, the American Revolution and ultimately the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Each volume is associated with the website adventuresincolonialamerica.com. The second installment of the website and book series coincided with Independence Day 2013, and to honor that important holiday, Chapter 1 focuses on the writing of, debate over, and ultimate signing of the Declaration of Independence. The remainder of Volume II focuses primarily on the New Jersey colony, from the founding of the colony by its two proprietors, Carteret and Berkeley, the lengthy ´´border war´´ that erupted between New Jersey and New York colonists, and the role of New Jersey during the American Revolution. The important role played by New Jersey´s delegates to the Constitutional Convention - the introduction of the ´´New Jersey Plan´´ as a plan for the organization and function of the federal government - is also discussed. Special attention is given to the role played by Germans forces in the American Revolution, the demise of General Charles Lee, and the efforts of the Society of the Cincinnati to preserve our colonial history. Finally, Queen Anne´s War, the second in a 6-part series on the French and Indian Wars fought in North American during the 17th and 18th Centuries, is discussed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Deren Hansen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/015783/bk_acx0_015783_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A social history of alcoholism in the United States, from the 17th century to the present day. Today, millions of Americans are struggling with alcoholism, but millions are also in long-term recovery. Alcoholics Anonymous and a growing number of recovery organizations are providing support for alcoholics who will face the danger of relapse for the rest of their lives. We have finally come to understand alcoholism as a treatable illness rather than a moral failure. Today´s advocates can draw inspiration from the victories of sober drunks throughout American history. Christopher Finan recounts the nation´s history with alcohol and its search for sobriety, which began among Native Americans in the colonial period, when liquor was used to cheat them of their property. He introduces us to the first of a colorful cast of characters, a remarkable Iroquois leader named Handsome Lake, who dedicated his life to helping his people renounce hard liquor. And we meet Carrie Nation, the wife of an alcoholic who destroyed bars with an ax in her anger over what alcohol had done to her family, as well as the idealistic and energetic Washingtonians, reformed drunks who led the first national movement to save men like themselves. Finan also tells the dramatic story of Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, the two drunks who helped each other stay sober and then created AA, which survived its tumultuous early years and has made it possible for millions of men and women to quit drinking. This is narrative history at its best: entertaining and authoritative, an important portrait of one of America´s great liberation movements. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/010049/bk_blak_010049_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On the North American continent, Native American tribes carried out abductions against the new European settlers from the time they first set foot on eastern shores. Some of the women taken in the colonial to early American period went on to become respected figures in their new environments, while others lived out their lives as slaves. Various tribes perceived the historical value of women´s social personalities through different prisms, and even those groups living in the same region often exhibited dissimilar behavior toward them. For some of the more aggressive tribal societies, to commit atrocities against women and their children engaged the same mindset as that adopted for male-to-male warfare. What European sensibilities failed to grasp, despite the home continent´s own lurid history, was that the numerous indigenous cultures of North America were already in the habit of perpetrating such abductions against each other and had for thousands of years. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/090199/bk_acx0_090199_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the dramatic few years when colonial Americans were galvanized to resist British rule, perhaps nothing did more to foment anti-British sentiment than the armed occupation of Boston. As If an Enemy´s Country is Richard Archer´s gripping narrative of those critical months between October 1, 1768, and the winter of 1770, when Boston was an occupied town. Bringing colonial Boston to life, Archer deftly moves between the governor´s mansion and cobblestoned back alleys as he traces the origins of the colonists´ conflict with Britain. He reveals the maneuvering of colonial political leaders, such as Governor Francis Bernard, Lieutenant Governor Thomas Hutchinson, and James Otis Jr. as they responded to London´s new policies, and he evokes the outrage many Bostonians felt towards Parliament and its local representatives. Archer captures the popular mobilization under the leadership of John Hancock and Samuel Adams that met the oppressive imperial measures - most notably the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act. When the British government decided to garrison Boston with troops, it posed a shocking challenge to the people of Massachusetts. The city was flooded with troops; almost immediately, tempers flared and violent conflicts broke out. Archer´s vivid tale culminates in the swirling tragedy of the Boston Massacre and its aftermath, including the trial and exoneration of the British troops involved. A thrilling and original work of history, As If an Enemy´s Country tells the riveting story of what made the Boston townspeople, and with them other colonists, turn toward revolution. The ´´Pivotal Moments in American History” series seeks to unite the old and the new history, combining the insights and techniques of recent historiography with the power of traditional narrative. Each title has a strong narrative arc with drama, irony, suspense, and - most importantly - great characters who embody the human dimension of historical events. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fred Stella. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/002809/bk_adbl_002809_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a brief highly digestable history of the Catholic experience in British America, which shaped the development of the colonies and the nascent republic in the 17th and 18th centuries. Historian Robert Emmett Curran begins his account with the English reformation, which helps us to understand the Catholic exodus from England, Ireland, and Scotland that took place over the nearly two centuries that constitute the colonial period. The deeply rooted English understanding of Catholics as enemies of the political and religious values at the heart of British tradition, ironically acted as a catalyst for the emergence of a Catholic republican movement that was a critical factor in the decision of a strong majority of American Catholics in 1775 to support the cause for independence. Papist Devils utilizes archival material, newspapers, and other con- temporary records in addition to a broad array of general histories, monographs, and dissertations dealing with the British Atlantic world. The unprecedentedly broad scope of this study, which encompasses not only the 13 colonies that took up arms against Britain in 1775, but also those in the maritime provinces of Canada as well as the ones in the West Indies, constitutes a unique coverage of the British Catholic colonial experience, as does the extension of the colonial period through the American Revolution, which was its logical dénouement. The book is published by The Catholic University of America Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James McSorley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/094104/bk_acx0_094104_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There were, Peter Thompson notes, some 150 synonyms for inebriation in common use in colonial Philadelphia and, on the eve of the Revolution, just as many licensed drinking establishments. Clearly, 18th-century Philadelphians were drawn to the tavern. In addition to the obvious lure of the liquor, taverns offered overnight accommodations, meals, and stabling for visitors. They also served as places to gossip, gamble, find work, make trades, and gather news. In Rum Punch and Revolution, Thompson shows how the public houses provided a setting in which Philadelphians from all walks of life revealed their characters and ideas as nowhere else. He takes the listener into the cramped confines of the colonial bar room, describing the friendships, misunderstandings and conflicts which were generated among the city´s drinkers and investigates the profitability of running a tavern in a city which, until independence, set maximum prices on the cost of drinks and services in its public houses. Taverngoing, Thompson writes, fostered a sense of citizenship that influenced political debate in colonial Philadelphia and became an issue in the city´s revolution. Opinionated and profoundly undeferential, taverngoers did more than drink; they forced their political leaders to consider whether and how public opinion could be represented in the counsels of a newly independent nation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary Roelofs. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/075299/bk_acx0_075299_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The constitution of the United States was intentionally created as a completely godless document. In these transcripts of her American Atheist Radio programs, Dr. Madalyn Murray O´Hair tells us about Freedom of Religion in Colonial America, American Deism, Rewriting of History by Christians, The Christianity of our Founding as a Nation, Free thought in American Historical Documents, Free thought Organizations in the Early U.S., Thomas Paine - American Deist and Freethinker, Colonel Ethan Allen, James Madison´s Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments, Jefferson´s Idea of Religious Freedom, and Jefferson on Christianity. Dr. O´Hair also presents two handwritten facsimiles of Lincoln´s Gettysburg Address in which the phrase ´´under God´´ is not present. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Smalley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/015001/bk_acx0_015001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.