Not many have experienced as much of Texas history firsthand as John James Dix. At the age of seven, he came to Texas with his family, arriving in Stephen F. Austin´s colony, and listened to the stories of his father, who fought in the early battles of the Texas Revolution under heroes of the Republic - Austin and Travis. He drove steers, worked under General Zachary Taylor in the Mexican-American War, and, after he married, was a neighbor to Richard King on the Santa Gertrudis Ranch. He became a Texas Ranger and rode with John Salmon Old Rip Ford. These were only a few of Dix´s many adventures, and in this detailed biography, Dan R. Manning brings to light the great history of a man who was part of that legendary foundation that became the Lone Star State. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Rundell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/046837/bk_acx0_046837_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
John Wilkes Booth murdered Abraham Lincoln at Ford´s Theatre and was killed in Garrett´s Barn, Virginia by Sergeant Boston Corbett. But what if the body wasn´t John Wilkes Booth? Nate Orlowek believes the body in the barn that day may not have been John Wilkes Booth. So who was the man in the barn that day? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carl Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/016417/bk_acx0_016417_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time on the 22nd of November, 1963, by Lee Harvey Oswald when he was travelling with his wife, the governor, and the governor´s wife in a presidential motorcade. The 35th President of the United States was assassinated on a Friday afternoon and the 10-month long investigation into the incident ruled that Oswald acted alone in the crime. In 1979, however, the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) ruled that it was possibly a conspiracy. They suspected the presence of another gunman, but investigations were not able to find any reliable evidence to support this fact. A poll conducted in 2013 revealed that 60% of Americans believed that Kennedy´s assassination was a conspiracy. Only 20-30% believed that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. It´s no wonder there are so many conspiracy theories going around in the country even after 50 years of the President´s death. Right from the CIA to the KGB to the president´s wife and the then vice president, many people and organizations have been claimed to be connected to the assassination of JFK. This book is an attempt to look at the assassination and some of the different conspiracy theories about John F. Kennedy´s death. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rich Brennan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/072678/bk_acx0_072678_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
He was youth, vigor, and optimism personified. Born to wealth and privilege, he became a symbol of America. With his wife by his side, the young president ushered in a new, elegant, artistic, and cultural era in the White House. The postwar baby boomers were coming of age and Kennedy´s tragic assassination became the catalyst for social and cultural upheaval in the decade to follow. Hear again his famous voice, the turbulent events, and the compelling life story of John F. Kennedy. 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/gaau/000006/rt_gaau_000006_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
President John F. Kennedy, the first Catholic elected as the nation’s chief executive, tried to dodge politically sensitive issues, maintaining a cautious, moderate approach. Yet, try as he might, JFK was unable to maintain such a position toward civil rights. After riots by segregationists and the murder of innocent blacks in the Deep South, President Kennedy abandoned his cautious posture and advocated sweeping civil rights reform. An assassin’s bullet cut his life and presidency short, changing the national mood and laying the foundation for the greatest civil rights revolution since the Civil War. Thus, JFK may have accomplished in death what had eluded him during his crisis-filled presidency. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Runnette. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027541/bk_adbl_027541_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
John Witherspoon´s American Revolution:Enlightenment and Religion from the Creation of Britain to the Founding of the United States Gideon Mailer
This fascinating account was written as the events of Lincoln´s assassination unfolded, and contains insight into the chaos that surrounded it. Included are interesting details of Booth and his motives, the manhunt, as well as the speedy trial and execution of the conspirators, including the first ever woman executed by the federal government, Mary Surratt. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Erik Sellin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/clcd/000010/bk_clcd_000010_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this series of lectures, Professor Ken Masugi of Johns Hopkins University examines the importance of rhetoric in American politics. Political speeches have, since the nation’s inception, defined and shaped American politics. Professor Masugi demonstrates how the greatest American political speeches take their bearings from the Declaration of Independence and the Federalist Papers. As the lectures proceed, Professor Masugi investigates the rhetoric of America’s most revered statesman, Abraham Lincoln, before exploring the works of other transformational U.S. presidents, including Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/006161/bk_reco_006161_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams navigated the nation through four major crises and caused the first stirrings of American nationalism. Americans like to believe that the Constitution miraculously brought the United States into being, as though the framers established, in one stroke, the nation we know today. Yet when George Washington delivered his First Inaugural Address on April 30, 1789, he expressed worry about the challenges that lay ahead. He was right to be concerned: The existence of the new nation was anything but secure. Without the support of the American people, after all, the Constitution was only a piece of paper. In A Sovereign People, her brilliant new political history of the 1790s, the acclaimed historian Carol Berkin argues that the young nation would not have survived absent the interventions of the Federalists, above all Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams. In power throughout the decade, they faced four successive crises of sovereignty. The Whiskey Rebellion was a domestic revolt over the right of the federal government to levy taxes. The Genet Affair saw a reckless French diplomat appeal directly to the American people, in opposition to Washington. The XYZ Affair involved foreign threats intended to draw the United States into a European war. The final crisis was self-inflicted, the result of the Federalists´ desire to silence their critics in the press, in the form of the Alien and Sedition Acts. In each instance the Federalists demonstrated the necessity of the federal government established by the Constitution, and by decade´s end the American people understood that without an ´´energetic government´´, there could be no United States. As Berkin ultimately reveals, while the Revolution freed the states and the Constitution linked them as never before, it was the Federalists who transformed them into an enduring nation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Betsy Foldes Meiman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/003230/bk_hach_003230_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The struggles and victories of the UAW form an important chapter in the story of American democracy. American Vanguard is the first and only history of the union available for both general and academic audiences. In this thorough and engaging narrative, John Barnard not only records the controversial issues tackled by the UAW, but also lends them immediacy through details about the workers and their environments, the leaders and the challenges that they faced outside and inside the organization, and the vision that guided many of these activists. Part one explores the obstacles to the UAW´s organization, including tensions between militant reformers and workers who feared for their jobs; ideological differences; racial and ethnic issues; and public attitudes toward unions. By the outbreak of World War II, however, the union had succeeded in redistributing power on the shop floor in its members´ favor. Part two follows the union during Walter P. Reuther´s presidency (1946-1970). During this time, pioneering contracts brought a new standard of living and income security to the workers, while an effort was made to move America toward a social democracy-which met with mixed results during the civil rights decade. Throughout, Barnard presents balanced interpretations grounded in evidence, while setting the UAW within the context of the history of the US auto industry and national politics. Michigan Notable Book Award. The book is published by Wayne State University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff D Konrad. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/082879/bk_acx0_082879_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.