Explains the origins and legacy of the famous feud. Includes a timeline of the feud. Includes a bibliography for further reading. Includes a table of contents. ´´They were men, who matched the mountains, they were Hatfields and McCoys. They were men, who matched the mountains. They were men, when they were boys.´´ (Jimmy Wolford) A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history´s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors´ American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America´s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. The feud between the Hatfields and McCoys is the stuff of American legend and has become synonymous with vendettas. In fact it has become its own term for any large-scale disagreement and has made its way into everything from music to television and movies. Though the fighting took place over a century ago, Americans remain so fascinated by it that The History Channel´s 2012 miniseries about the feuding families set records for cable television ratings. These days the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys is a celebrated piece of American folklore, but for two families living along the West Virginia-Kentucky border during the last half of the 19th century, the feud was literally a matter of life and death. Twenty-first century America might celebrate this relic of the country´s rural past, but modern society would also likely scoff at the idea of a couple of rural families taking potshots at each other through the woods over slights as insignificant as a stolen pig. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033776de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´I´ll wage they found no bullets in his back.´´ - Jim Bowie´s mother, after hearing of his death at the Alamo. A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history´s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors´ American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America´s most important men and women, in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten, or never known. Jim Bowie is one of 19th century America´s most famous names, even if what´s known about the man is more legend than fact. Like Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett, Bowie has come to represent the pioneering spirit of the frontier, along with the masculinity, machismo, and swagger that earned him a reputation for fighting. And like any good legend, he is perhaps best remembered for his death at the Alamo than for any aspect of his life. Bowie´s death and the defenders´ defeat at the Alamo, did not have a decisive impact on Texas´ War for Independence, but it became a poignant rallying cry in the immediate aftermath of the battle, and to this day, Americans associate it with patriotism, bravery, and determination. ´´Remember the Alamo´´ is still a widely used part of the English lexicon today, and the Alamo is a cherished piece of Americana. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Hare. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/092910de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The American cowboy came to the West to begin again after a bloody civil war had ended. He worked long hours in lonely cow camps and his pay was meager, but he had grit and determination. He faced constant danger; he fought Indians and rustlers and braved swollen rivers and stampedes. And, finally, when the days of the open range were over, he rode off into the sunset. But his legacy lives on.He had created a new West, a West that would endure forever in books, songs, movies, and television. In your mind´s eye, you can still see him astride his horse, silhouetted on a hill, looking resolute, wild and free.There were others, though, who wanted to claim a homestead and live forever in the West. On September 16, 1893, they had their chance. One hundred and fifty thousand men and women waited at the edges of a vasttract of government land they called the Cherokee Strip, waiting for a signal that would open 40,000 homesteads for settlement. They had come from every state and abroad. Among them were doctors and lawyers, housewives, farmers, cowboys, and drifters. But for every person who would claim a homestead, two would be disappointed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Donnie Blanz, Joe Loesch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/read/000002de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Not Original Book Legends and Lies takes the listener on a journey through the birth of the United States of America. Through the burgeoning Continental Congress and the heroics of those fighting before the Declaration, all the way through the Louisiana Purchase, O´Reilly brings to life great historical tales of heroism found in the early American nation. The listener will not be listening to a boring recount of ancient events, rather, O´Reilly happily illustrates and shows off many different heroes and brings a new spin on some of the most notorious acts in early American history. Inside this Slim Reader review: Summary of each chapter Highlights (key points) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Kollins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/062434de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New Madrid: A Mississippi River Town in History and Legend focuses on the hearts and minds of a restless population as it moved west into the Mississippi River Valley in the 1800s. The river-port town of New Madrid, Missouri, strategically located just below the junction of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, and destined to be the capital of ´´New Spain´´, was en route for thousands of early Americans. New Madrid´s pioneers reveal their past and their stories through letters, newspapers, official records, and other sources. The author takes the listener through the town´s history, recounting tales of legendary people whose lives crossed with those of area residents. This book is a treasure for anyone whose ancestors experienced the westward movement, participated in the Civil War, were slave-owners, slaves, or American Indians, or for those who are curious about American life in earlier times. The book is published by Southeast Missouri State University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patte Shaughnessy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/048157de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Worshipful Brother Hextall explores various possible histories of the Hiram Abiff legend in Masonic ritual, focusing largely on noted British alchemist and astrologer Elias Ashmole in the process. He includes speculation on the manufacturing of the Master Mason degree as well as the history of its emergence. And what does the burning of historical Masonic documents in 1720 have to do with all of it? The author explains. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adam Hanin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/025439de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Wild West has made legends out of many men through the embellishment of their stories, such as crediting Billy the Kid and Wild Bill Hickok for killing far more people than they actually did. But it has also made icons out of outlaws like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid based on the mystery and uncertainty surrounding their crimes and deaths, allowing speculation and legend to fill in the gaps. Though Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are the two most famous members of the Wild Bunch and will probably always be associated with each other, there´s no indication that they had any particularly close friendship or relationship aside from being members of the same gang. In fact, they might not have been linked together at all but for the fact that they both chose to flee the country for Argentina to escape justice. It was in South America that the famous outlaws are believed to have met their ultimate fate in a shootout with Bolivian soldiers, but the mystery and controversy surrounding that shootout (and whether the two bandits were actually them) have helped ensure their place in Western lore. As with so many other legends of the West, people continue to speculate that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid survived and lived out the rest of their lives. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/085906de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Reconsidering the myth of good guys in white hats. The Texas Rangers have been the source of tall tales and the stuff of legend as well as a growing darker reputation. But the story of the Rangers along the Mexican border between Texas statehood and the onset of the Civil War has been largely overlooked - until now. This engaging history pulls listeners back to a chaotic time along the lower Rio Grande in the mid-19th century. Texas Devils challenges the time-honored image of ´´good guys in white hats´´ to reveal the more complicated and sobering reality behind the Ranger Myth. Michael L. Collins demonstrates that, rather than bringing peace to the region, the Texas Rangers contributed to the violence and were often brutal in their injustices against Spanish-speaking inhabitants, who dubbed them los diablos Tejanos - the Texas devils. Collins goes beyond other, more laudatory Ranger histories to focus on the origins of the legend, casting Ranger immortals such as John Coffee ´´Jack´´ Hays, Ben McCulloch, and John S. ´´Rip´´ Ford in a new and not always flattering light. In revealing a barbaric code of conduct on the Rio Grande frontier, Collins shows that much of the Ranger Myth doesn´t hold up to close historical scrutiny. Texas Devils offers exciting true stories of the Rangers for anyone captivated by their legend, even as it provides a corrective to that legend. The book is published by University of Oklahoma Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dale M. Wilcox. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/063478de/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.
Chief Joseph, of the Nez Perce tribe, lived from 1840 to 1904. He became a legend through his heroic efforts to keep his people in their homeland in Oregon´s Wallowa Valley. For years he tried to accommodate encroaching white men on his tribal lands, but finally gave up and attempted, in the fall of 1877, to lead his people safely to Canada. Born in 1840, Joseph was present at the signing of the 1855 treaty, which allowed the tribe to hold on to a five thousand square mile region in Idaho and Oregon, including their beloved Wallowa Valley. By 1877, a year after the Battle of Little Bighorn, word came from Washington that they had to move to a small reservation instead.Joseph, now chief, decided to take his people through Yellowstone and Montana, hoping to join Sitting Bull and his followers 300 miles north in Saskatchewan. They were caught by U.S. Army troops just 40 miles short of their goal, in the Battle of the Bear´s Paw. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jerry Sciarrio. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/000372de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.