Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History: Tim Grove
African Americans have played major roles in building the great American experience and building the history of the United States. From years of perpetual slavery to years of Jim Crow, African Americans have endured mutilations, genocide, lynching, fear, and intimidation and they are still standing today making America strong...from slavery to the White House. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ellery Truesdell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/005727/bk_acx0_005727_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The truth is that much of what we learn about history is a series of little white lies that over time have grown into tall tales. George Washington didn´t really walk around with a mouthful of wooden teeth. Those are real teeth and pearl inlays in Washington´s dentures. A recent study by Mary Thompson suggests Washington experimented with early dental transplants. He purchased replacement teeth from his slaves for 13 shillings (roughly $50 in 2015 money). Another truth every schoolchild learns early on is Paul Revere was a great hero of the revolution and saved the day by alerting the minutemen at Lexington and Concord that the British were coming. It´s true. Paul Revere made a midnight ride, and he spread the news about the British advance on Lexington and Concord, but the fact is Revere never completed his ride. And here´s another fact hardly anyone knows. Revere wasn´t the only one to make that ride. A second rider, William Dawes, set out by land at the same time Revere rowed across the bay to Charlestown. And one of the biggest hoaxes ever played on Americans occurred during the 1930s and early 1940s. FDR had polio and could barely walk, yet during his presidency most Americans had no idea the president was crippled. American history is full of strange paradoxes, and that´s one of the things that make it so interesting. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John McBride. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039861/bk_acx0_039861_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The history of Latinos and Hispanics in the United States is wide-ranging, spanning more than four hundred years and varying from region to region within the United States. The Latino and/or Hispanic presence in the United States is the second longest, after the Native American. Contemporaneously with their explorations and conquests elsewhere in America, most famously those of Hernan Cortes in Mexico and Francisco Pizarro in Peru, Spaniards pioneered the present-day United States, too. Hispanics (whether criollo or mestizo) became the first American citizens in the newly acquired Southwest territory after the Mexican-American War, and remained a majority in several states until the 20th century. As late as 1783, at the end of the American Revolutionary War, Spain held claim to roughly half of today´s continental United States. In the Treaty of Paris, France ceded Louisiana (New France) to Spain from 1763 until it was returned in 1800 by the Treaty of San Ildefonso. In 1775, Spanish ships reached Alaska. From 1819 to 1848, the United States and its army increased the nation´s area by roughly a third at Spanish and Mexican expense, gaining among others three of today´s four most populous states: California, Texas, and Florida. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ellery Truesdell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/006759/bk_acx0_006759_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What do Americans think of when they think of the hamburger? A robust, succulent spheroid of fresh ground beef, the birthright of red-blooded citizens? Or a Styrofoam-shrouded Big Mac, mass-produced to industrial specifications and served by wage slaves to an obese, brainwashed population? Is it cooking or commodity? An icon of freedom or the quintessence of conformity?This fast-paced and entertaining book unfolds the immense significance of the hamburger as an American icon. Josh Ozersky shows how the history of the burger is entwined with American business and culture and, unexpectedly, how the burger´s story is in many ways the story of the country that invented (and reinvented) it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Williams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/crvn/000071/bk_crvn_000071_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Indians! Pirates! Rebels! Blockade runners! Smugglers! Murder! Beaches! Beauty contests! Hurricanes! These are all parts of the colorful history of an island city that once called itself The Free State of Galveston. Located at a natural harbor on the northeastern part of a 30-mile-long sand barrier island, the city dates its beginning to the end of the Texas Revolution. Before then the harbor had attracted Jean Lafitte, a pirate from Louisiana, and the revolutionary Texan government fleeing in front of the attack of Santa Anna´s Mexican army. After independence in 1836, Michel B. Menard, along with nine associates, bought the harbor property and founded the town. Galveston grew on the strength of the harbor - the best between New Orleans and Veracruz - and the city became a major entry point for immigrants to Texas. During the Civil War, it was a haven for Confederate blockade runners and the site of one of the major battles of the war in Texas. Afterward it was a center for occupation forces and the point from which Major-General Gordon Granger announced the emancipation of Texas´ slaves on June 19, 1865 (Juneteenth Day). The city later became a major cotton port for the Southwest and the location of the University of Texas Medical School. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Caroline Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/042232/bk_acx0_042232_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.
Before New York City was the Big Apple, it could have been called the Big Oyster. Now award-winning author Mark Kurlansky tells the remarkable story of New York by following the trajectory of one of its most fascinating inhabitants, the oyster, whose influence on the great metropolis remains unparalleled. For centuries New York was famous for its oysters, which until the early 1900s played such a dominant role in the city´s economy, gastronomy, and ecology that the abundant bivalves were Gotham´s most celebrated export, a staple food for the wealthy, the poor, and tourists alike, and the primary natural defense against pollution for the city´s congested waterways. Filled with cultural, historical, and culinary insight, along with historic recipes, maps, drawings, and photos, this dynamic narrative sweeps listeners from the island hunting ground of the Lenape Indians to the death of the oyster beds and the rise of America´s environmentalist movement, from the oyster cellars of the rough-and-tumble Five Points slums to Manhattan´s Gilded Age dining chambers. Kurlansky brings characters vividly to life while recounting dramatic incidents that changed the course of New York history. Here are the stories behind Peter Stuyvesant´s peg leg and Robert Fulton´s ´´Folly´´; the oyster merchant and pioneering African American leader Thomas Downing; the birth of the business lunch at Delmonico´s; early feminist Fanny Fern, one of the highest-paid newspaper writers in the city; even ´´Diamond´´ Jim Brady, who we discover was not the gourmand of popular legend. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Stechschulte. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000809/bk_rand_000809_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this sweepingly ambitious volume, the nation´s foremost experts on the American presidency and the US Constitution join together to tell the intertwined stories of how each American president has confronted and shaped the Constitution. Each occupant of the office - the first president to the 44th - has contributed to the story of the Constitution through the decisions he made and the actions he took as the nation´s chief executive. By examining presidential history through the lens of constitutional conflicts and challenges, The Presidents and the Constitution offers a fresh perspective on how the Constitution has evolved in the hands of individual presidents. It delves into key moments in American history, from Washington´s early battles with Congress to the advent of the national security presidency under George W. Bush and Barack Obama, to reveal the dramatic historical forces that drove these presidents to action. Historians and legal experts, including Richard Ellis, Gary Hart, Stanley Kutler, and Kenneth Starr, bring the Constitution to life, and show how the awesome powers of the American presidency have been shaped by the men who were granted them. The book brings to the fore the overarching constitutional themes that span this country´s history, and ties together presidencies in a way never before accomplished. Exhaustively researched and compellingly presented, The Presidents and the Constitution shines new light on America´s brilliant constitutional and presidential history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Runnette. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/026082/bk_adbl_026082_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Beginning with a skirmish involving inexperienced British officer George Washington, the Iroquois chief, and the ill-fated French emissary in the backwoods of Pennsylvania, a chain of events culminated in what would effectively become the First World War. The French and Indian War, as it is known in North America, was part of a larger conflict called the Seven Years´ War, which involved nations on three continents. The French and Indian War was fought in the forests, plains, and forts of the North American frontier. Initially, the French army, supported by North American Indian tribes, was more successful than the British Army, who lacked experience in guerilla fighting tactics. Massive British spending bolstered their forces in North America and ultimately won them a victory over the French. The conflict that occurred between 1755 and 1763, and that led to the downfall of the French Empire in North America, ultimately overturned the balance of power on two continents, eroded Indian nations´ ability to gain independence from European rule, and lit the fuse of the American Revolution. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregory Diehl. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/066987/bk_acx0_066987_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.