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.
With thousands of men off fighting in the Civil War, the government hired women and girls - some as young as 10 - to make millions of rounds of ammunition. Poor immigrant girls and widows paid the price for carelessness at three major arsenals. Many of these workers were killed, blown up and burned beyond recognition. As Steve Sheinkin did with The Port Chicago 50, Tanya Anderson in Gunpowder Girls tells an amazing war story that finally gives its subjects their due. Hidden history comes alive through primary-source research and engaging narrative. Gunpowder Girls is a story of child labor and immigrant hopes and the cruel, endless demands of an all-consuming war. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carrie Olsen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/070703/bk_acx0_070703_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In these two rare recordings of Robert Baden-Powell (February 22, 1857-January 8, 1941), founder and first Chief Scout of The Boy Scouts Association and founder of the Girl Guides, he extols the virtues of the Scout movement and that Scout duties are working for God and the King, helping other people, and keeping Scout law. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Baden-Powell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/live/000578/bk_live_000578_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Womanhood is the period in a female´s life after she has passed through childhood and adolescence, generally around the age 18. Puberty generally begins at about age 10, followed by menarche at age 12 to 13. Many cultures have rites of passage to symbolize a girl´s coming of age, such as confirmation in some branches of Christianity, Bat Mitzvah in Judaism, or even just the custom of a special celebration for a certain birthday (generally between 12 and 21), like the Quinceañera of Latin America. Aphrodite, a classical image of youthful female beauty in Western art. The word woman can be used generally, to mean any female human, or specifically, to mean an adult female human as contrasted with girl. The word girl originally meant ´´young person of either sex´´ in English; it was only around the beginning of the 16th century that it came to mean specifically a female child. The term girl is sometimes used colloquially to refer to a young or unmarried woman; however, during the early 1970s feminists challenged such use because the use of the word to refer to a fully-grown woman may cause offense. In particular, previously common terms such as office girl are no longer widely used. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ellery Truesdell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/007901/bk_acx0_007901_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Word had spread through the East Side, by some magic of terror, that the plant of the Triangle Waist Company was on fire and that several hundred workers were trapped. Horrified and helpless, the crowds - I among them - looked up at the burning building, saw girl after girl appear at the reddened windows, pause for a terrified moment, and then leap to the pavement below, to land as mangled, bloody pulp. This went on for what seemed a ghastly eternity. Occasionally a girl who had hesitated too long was licked by pursuing flames and, screaming with clothing and hair ablaze, plunged like a living torch to the street. Life nets held by the firemen were torn by the impact of the falling bodies. The emotions of the crowd were indescribable. Women were hysterical, scores fainted; men wept as, in paroxysms of frenzy, they hurled themselves against the police lines.´´ (Louis Waldman, a New York State Assemblyman) During the afternoon of March 25, 1911, shortly before workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in the Asch Building left for the day, a fire broke out in a scrap bin on the eighth floor of the building. Fires were nothing new in such situations, and the industrial journal The Insurance Monitor noted that garment factories were, ´´[F]airly saturated with moral hazard.´´ On this particular day, the spread of the fire to the main staircase made it impossible for workers still stuck on the ninth and 10th floors to escape. Furthermore, without today´s labor regulations in place, an advanced warning of the fire never even made it to the ninth floor, despite the fire starting just one floor below, and the door to the only other stairway had been locked. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Mansfield. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/036133/bk_acx0_036133_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister´s daughter started to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbours accused neighbours, parents accused children, husbands accused wives, children accused their parents, and siblings each other. Vividly capturing the dark, unsettled atmosphere of 17th-century America, Stacy Schiff´s magisterial history draws us into this anxious time. She shows us how a band of adolescent girls brought the nascent colony to its knees and how quickly the epidemic of accusations, trials, and executions span out of control. Above all, Schiff´s astonishing research reveals details and complexity that few other historians have seen. Every detail of colonial life just decades after the first landing - family, farming, praying, housekeeping, dangers of life at wilderness´s edge, estrangement from England, the pressures of a life dominated by Biblical thought - is rendered with a clarity that makes almost inconceivable events comprehensible. As psychologically thrilling as it is historically seminal, as magnificently written as it is deeply researched, The Witches breathes new life into one of history´s most enduring mysteries. 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: Eliza Foss. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/000889/bk_orio_000889_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Robert Ervin Howard (1906-1936) was an American author famous for his weird tales and horror stories. Sea Curse is the tale which starts with a village tragedy. A local girl who lives with her elderly aunt has been seduced and deflowered by a swaggering, drunk sailor. In despair she drowns herself in the ocean. The sailor mocks her aunt over the girl´s washed-up body on the beach. The old aunt retaliates by putting an awful, terrible curse upon the sailor and his mate...and from that moment, the wheels of awful destiny are put into motion. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cathy Dobson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redd/000627/bk_redd_000627_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In ´´Rosa´s Tale´´, Louisa May Alcott spins a heartwarming fable about a horse who magically speaks to a lonely girl at midnight on Christmas Eve. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susie Berneis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/drms/001965/bk_drms_001965_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Tessa´s Surprises´´ is a story about an underprivileged little girl who strives to earn a few coins so she can buy her younger siblings Christmas presents. A heartwarming Christmas tale from Louisa May Alcott. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susie Berneis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/drms/001974/bk_drms_001974_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In ´´Becky´s Christmas Dream´´, a poor working girl is left alone at Christmas time. Wishing for companionship and love, she is spoken to by an old gray cat, who reveals to her a simple truth about being loved. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susie Berneis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/drms/001976/bk_drms_001976_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.