Four American Revolution documents: Common Sense by Thomas Paine; the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson; the Constitution and the Bill of Rights by James Madison. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Deaver Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/smag/000331de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Perhaps no other figure in American history is more shrouded in myth and legend than David (´´Davy´´) Crockett, the Tennessee frontiersman whose death at the Alamo in 1836 ensured his place in the Valhalla of American heroes. Crockett himself was responsible for much of the folklore about his life. A gregarious, fun-loving man, he was more than capable of spinning tall tales over a ´´horn´´ of liquor.But in truth, David Crockett was a true self-made man who left home at the age of 12. His adventures, hunting and exploring, serving as a soldier under Andrew Jackson in the Creek Indian War of 1813, a political career that took him to the United States Congress, and incessant search for ´´elbow room´´ that drew him to Texas - these were the real fabric of a heroic life.Crockett´s reputation and heroism have been tainted by revisionist historians, but David Crockett was a true hero exemplified in new evidence that the Tennessean actually left the Alamo during the siege to bring back reinforcements, but when he was safely outside the walls, he fought his way back in to rejoin his friends for the final, fatal battle. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rusty Nelson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/000351de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 is observed in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, one of its most important artifacts sits relatively intact and unknown in England. The USS Chesapeake was launched in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1799, and captured by the British in one of the most storied naval battles of the War of 1812. Though broken up in Portsmouth, England, in 1819, she endures more than any of the other American warships of her day, including the USS Constitution. Since 1820, the uncut and unaltered timbers of the Chesapeake have survived as the structure of a flour mill beside the Meon River in Wickham, Hampshire County, UK. When the Chesapeake Mill became obsolete and abandoned in the 1970s, the ship was in danger of being broken up once again. Then, at the beginning of the 21st century, the forces of historic preservation returned her to life in another form. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Hahn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/024012de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sincere religious reflection was a hallmark of soldiers in both armies in the Civil War, and it was generally an authentic religiosity rather than a battlefield conversion to spirituality. This is not surprising, as these characteristics had been common in the general population since the founding of the United States. Americans, despite their politics and prejudices, had always been and continued to be a strongly religious and highly moral people throughout the Antebellum Period (c. 1820-1860). Although there may have been a large number of battlefield conversions, in the average community, a person´s attitude toward devotion was strongly shaped by the dominant religious beliefs of his neighbors or the local population as a whole. This book has been written for those persons interested in not only the Civil War but also in the religious culture of the Antebellum Era that affected it. For a variety of reasons, historians seem to have studied the morale of Southerners more closely than that of their Northern foe in the Civil War Era. Because Confederate troops had more success in keeping Federal (Union) troops at bay, morale stayed reasonably high into mid-1864. The role of religion has not been so thoroughly debated among historians. It has rather been ignored. Of the thousands of titles dealing with the Civil War, surprisingly few address the significant role that religion played in framing the issues of the conflict or in driving the sacrifices of those who fought and died in it. It is the purpose of this selection to investigate and document this facet of the 19th century. There is a great need today for Americans to further their understanding of the role religion has played in the rebirth of the government of a reunited United States. It is a national embarrassment that adults, in particular, are virtually uneducated in the foundations of American history. An attempt has been made herein to compartmentalize this history so that the interconn... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gloria Mason Martin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/065760de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Esteemed university professor and best-selling author Thomas F. Madden presents an intriguing series of lectures based on a fascinating premise: that the United States has more in common with the rising Roman Republic than with the declining Roman Empire.The Tiber and the Potomac explores the amazing parallels between history´s two most unusual superpowers. Both nations built empires based on trust, skillfully making friends of enemies. During the course of these lectures, Madden not only reveals these often surprising similarities, but also extracts useful principles from history, including vital lessons from Rome´s 100-year struggle with terrorism. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Thomas F. Madden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/002844de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
While fighting his way toward Atlanta, William T. Sherman encountered his biggest roadblock at Kennesaw Mountain, where Joseph E. Johnston’s Army of Tennessee held a heavily fortified position. The opposing armies confronted each other from June 19 to July 3, 1864, and Sherman initially tried to outflank the Confederates. His men endured heavy rains, artillery duels, sniping, and a fierce battle at Kolb’s Farm before Sherman decided to directly attack Johnston’s position on June 27. Kennesaw Mountain tells the story of an important phase of the Atlanta campaign. Historian Earl J. Hess explains how this battle, with its combination of maneuver and combat, severely tried the patience and endurance of the common soldier and why Johnston’s strategy might have been the Confederates’ best chance to halt the Federal drive toward Atlanta. He gives special attention to the engagement at Kolb’s Farm on June 22 and Sherman’s assault on June 27. A final section explores the Confederate earthworks preserved within the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Barrett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005555de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´For years,´´ William Pfaff writes, ´´there has been little or no critical reexamination of how and why the successful postwar American policy of patient but firm containment of Soviet expansionist tendencies…has over decades turned into a vast project for ending tyranny in the world. We defend this position by making the claim that the United States possesses an exceptional status among nations that confers upon it special international responsibilities, and exceptional privileges in meeting those responsibilities. This is where the problem lies. It has become somewhat of a national heresy to suggest the U .S. does not have a unique moral status and role to play in the history of nations and therefore in the affairs of the contemporary world. In fact it does not.´´ Cogently, thoughtfully, powerfully, Pfaff lays out the historical roots behind the American exceptionalism that animates our politics and foreign relations - and makes clear why it is flawed and must ultimately fail. Those roots lie in the secularization of western society brought about by the Enlightenment, and in America´s effective separation from the common history of the west during the 19th and early parts of the 20th century, during which it failed to gain ´´the indispensable experience Europeans have acquired of modern ideological folly and national tragedy.´´ We are, thus, hubristic and naïve in our adventurism, and blind to the truth of the threats we face. No mere critic, Pfaff offers insightful observations on how we can and must adapt to Muslim extremism, nuclear competition, and other challenges of our time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Waldman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009659de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Two great social causes held center stage in American politics in the 1960s: the civil rights movement and the antiwar groundswell in the face of a deepening American military commitment in Vietnam. In Peace and Freedom, Simon Hall explores two linked themes: the civil rights movement´s response to the war in Vietnam on the one hand and, on the other, the relationship between the black groups that opposed the war and the mainstream peace movement. Based on comprehensive archival research, the audiobook weaves together local and national stories to offer an illuminating and judicious chronicle of these movements, demonstrating how their increasingly radicalized components both found common cause and provoked mutual antipathies. Peace and Freedom shows how and why the civil rights movement responded to the war in differing ways - explaining black militants´ hostility toward the war while also providing a sympathetic treatment of those organizations and leaders reluctant to take a stand. And, while Black Power, counterculturalism, and left-wing factionalism all made interracial coalition-building more difficult, the audiobook argues that it was the peace movement´s reluctance to link the struggle to end the war with the fight against racism at home that ultimately prevented the two movements from cooperating more fully. Considering the historical relationship between the civil rights movement and foreign policy, Hall also offers an in-depth look at the history of black America´s links with the American left and with pacifism. With its keen insights into one of the most controversial decades in American history, Peace and Freedom recaptures the immediacy and importance of the time.The audiobook is published by University of Pennsylvania Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike Iykins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/003565de/bk_rhde_002536_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/acx0/075299de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Summary of First Women by Kate Andersen Brower | Includes Analysis Preview: Kate Andersen Brower´s First Women: The Grace and Power of America´s Modern First Ladies examines how women from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama have negotiated the personal and political challenges of being married to the president of the United States. The women who have served as first lady in the modern era have been very different. Jackie Kennedy was a style icon; Lady Bird Johnson was adamantly not one. Nancy Reagan was proud to give up her career in acting in order to support her husband´s ambitions; Hillary Clinton extended her own legal and political career by working in Bill Clinton´s administration. Rosalynn Carter liked attending cabinet meetings and being in the thick of politics; Michelle Obama has mostly disliked her time in the White House and has been waiting eagerly to return to civilian life. For all their differences, the first ladies share common experiences.... Please Note: This is key takeaways and analysis of the book and not the original book. Inside this Instaread summary of First Women Overview of the book Important People Key Takeaways Analysis of Key Takeaways About the Author With Instaread, you can get the key takeaways, summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patricia Santomasso. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059993de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.