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/a043/000220de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The South is not quite a nation within a nation. But it is the next best thing, writes F.B. Simkins in this celebrated history, the most complete account of Southern history ever attempted. It is a masterpiece of scholarship combined with elegant style. Within its searing pages are some of the most dramatic episodes of American history. But this is not simply a narrative of political history. In fact, there is almost no mention of military battles or generals in this book. Instead, Simkins has produced an integral history on the lines of Will Durant. As the story moves forward, an account of political developments are discussed in parallel with those of economic, social, intellectual, and artistic changes. The result is an absorbing look at one of our nation´s most perplexing and enduring regions. What precisely makes the South peculiar? Climate? Religion? Race? History? The answer has never been definitively stated, but F.B. Simkins has probably come as close as anyone ever will to unraveling the enigma. In Volume 1: The Colonial Experience, we hear how the English settlers first came to North America and how their Virginia and Carolina colonies struggled to obtain a foothold. But it would be tobacco that provided the stability they needed. And in its wake came the devilry of slavery, prosperity, and eventual war with England. It also made the South a region apart. A History of the South continues in Volume 2: The Kingdom of Cotton and concludes in Volume 3: The Crucible of Modernism. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlton Griffin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acon/000070de/bk_rhde_002536_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/acx0/044455de/bk_rhde_002536_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/acx0/013145de/bk_rhde_002536_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/acx0/015783de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1607, three small ships - the Discovery, Godspeed, and Susan Constant - arrived on the shores of the eastern North American coast and established the first successful British settlement at Jamestown, Virginia. For two centuries, colonists faced the challenges of life in a new world - weather, Native Indian attacks, starvation, and disease - to establish the strongest economy in the American colonies. Volume VII of the Adventures in Colonial America series discusses the contributions of these colonists in creating probably the most powerful colonial economy in 17th and 18th Century British North America, including politicians, clergy, plantation owners, and artisans. The book also discusses the establishment of the Anglican Church as the official state religion - and how that policy impacted the writing of the US Constitution and the separation of church and state. Virginia´s role in the American Revolution, from the fall of Norfolk to the victory at Yorktown is also discussed. Virginia´s native sons, including Jefferson, Washington, Madison, and Monroe, were among many of our founding fathers who not only fought during the American Revolution but fought a political battle on the floor of Virginia´s legislature and the Continental Congress. Following the Revolution they were instrumental in creating the US Constitution and Bill of Rights which provide all Americans with legal protections that we benefit from centuries later. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Deren Hansen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/099016de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In a work that fundamentally recasts the history of colonial America, Wendy Warren shows how the institution of slavery was inexorably linked with the first century of English colonization of New England. While most histories of slavery in early America confine themselves to the Southern colonies and the Caribbean, New England Bound forcefully widens the historical aperture to include the entirety of English North America. Using original research culled from dozens of archives, Warren conclusively links the growth of the northern colonies to the Atlantic slave trade, showing how 17th-century New England´s fledgling economy derived its vitality from the profusion of ships that coursed through its ports, passing through on their way to and from the West Indian sugar colonies. What´s more, leading New England families like the Winthrops and Pynchons invested heavily in the West Indies, owning both land and human property, the profits of which eventually wended their way back north. That money, New England Bound shows, was the tragic fuel for the colonial wars of removal and replacement of New England Indians that characterized the initial colonization of the region. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elizabeth Wiley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/006871de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
American History Now collects 18 original historiographic essays that survey recent scholarship in American history and trace the shifting lines of interpretation and debate in the field. The new generation of historians showcased in American History Now posed new questions and developed new approaches to scholarship to revise the prevailing interpretations of the chronological periods from the colonial era to the Reagan years. Covering the established subfields of women´s history, African American history, and immigration history, the book also considers the history of capitalism, Native American history, environmental history, religious history, cultural history, and the history of the United States in the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scotty Drake. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/067456de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The history of colonial America is a story of extraordinary scope, with Europeans, Africans, and the native peoples of North America interacting in a drama of settlement and conflict that lasted nearly three centuries. Go back in time and relive this epic story in 36 spellbinding lectures. While concentrating on British North America, Professor Allison also covers developments in the colonial outposts of Spain, France, the Netherlands, and the all-important British possessions in the West Indies, which were the source of the most lucrative crop in the New World - sugar - and the reason for the enormous growth in the slave trade. As you´ll discover, the colonies were often turbulent, dangerous places. You´ll learn about Indian wars, slave revolts, witch persecutions, rampant piracy, and other upheavals, as well as the gradual cementing of social order and the development of customs that made the colonies distinct - and difficult for the British government to rule. These lectures build toward a discussion of the roots of the rebellion that succeeded in toppling the colonial system - the American Revolution - covering its long gestation and closing with an examination of the meaning of the Declaration of Independence. In fundamental ways, the world we know today emerged from the tempestuous and eventful history of colonial America. Deepen your appreciation for this formative era with these historically rich, captivating, and highly informative lectures. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Professor Robert J. Allison. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000038de/bk_rhde_002536_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/010049de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.