´´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 history of colonial America is a story of extraordinary scope, with Europeans, Africans, and the native peoples of North America interacting in a drama of settlement and conflict that lasted nearly three centuries. Go back in time and relive this epic story in 36 spellbinding lectures. While concentrating on British North America, Professor Allison also covers developments in the colonial outposts of Spain, France, the Netherlands, and the all-important British possessions in the West Indies, which were the source of the most lucrative crop in the New World - sugar - and the reason for the enormous growth in the slave trade. As you´ll discover, the colonies were often turbulent, dangerous places. You´ll learn about Indian wars, slave revolts, witch persecutions, rampant piracy, and other upheavals, as well as the gradual cementing of social order and the development of customs that made the colonies distinct - and difficult for the British government to rule. These lectures build toward a discussion of the roots of the rebellion that succeeded in toppling the colonial system - the American Revolution - covering its long gestation and closing with an examination of the meaning of the Declaration of Independence. In fundamental ways, the world we know today emerged from the tempestuous and eventful history of colonial America. Deepen your appreciation for this formative era with these historically rich, captivating, and highly informative lectures. 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: Professor Robert J. Allison. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000038de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A fascinating account by an eyewitness of the formation and heroic deeds of the first black regiment in the civil war. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Roberts. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/jimc/000039de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Early American history is dominated by engaging and iconic figures - none more intriguing than Benjamin Franklin. Chandler, balladeer, poet, printer, writer, humorist, satirist, swimmer, businessman, inventor, philosopher, soldier, administrator, scientist, politician, ladies´ man, musician, humanitarian, philanthropist - it´s almost easier to list the things Franklin was not than try to explain the pursuits and interests of this multi-faceted man. In this course, you´ll study with noted historian H.W. Brands, the New York Times best-selling author of The First American, which also earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination. Brands is a scholar who truly captures the essence of Franklin and the times in which he lived. This course examines the life of Franklin and his influence on both American and world history. From his early days as a printer´s apprentice to very nearly his last days, Benjamin Franklin´s thirst for knowledge and his desire to share what he knew brought him to the forefront of a changing world. His contributions through inventions, scientific investigation, and political thought still echo more than 200 years after his passing. He remains the model of the American thinker - a man who was interested in nearly everything, and who pursued those interests with an admirable and contagious passion. To study Franklin´s life is to learn not only the history of a single man, but to understand some of the most monumental changes in all of human history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: H.W. Brands. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/reco/002064de/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.
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/000010de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Few Americans know much more about Nathan Hale than his famous last words: ´´I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.´´ But who was the real Nathan Hale?M. William Phelps charts the life of this famed patriot and Connecticut´s state hero, following Hale´s rural childhood, his education at Yale, and his work as a schoolteacher. Even in his brief career, he distinguished himself by offering formal lessons to young women.Like many young Americans, he soon became drawn into the colonies´ war for independence, becoming a captain in Washington´s army. When the general was in need of a spy, Hale willingly rose to the challenge, bravely sacrificing his life for the sake of American liberty.Using Hale´s own journals and letters as well as testimonies from his friends and contemporaries, Phelps depicts the Revolution as it was seen from the ground. From the confrontation in Boston to the battle for New York City, listeners experience what life was like for an ordinary soldier in the struggling Continental army.In this impressive, well-researched biography, Phelps separates historical fact from long-standing myth to reveal the life of Nathan Hale, a young man who deserves to be remembered as an original American patriot. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Phil Gigante. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/001413de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was arguably the greatest figure of the 20th century. While FDR´s official circle was predominantly male, it was his relationships with women - particularly with Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd - that most vividly bring to light the human being beneath this towering statesman. It is no coincidence that Rutherfurd was with Roosevelt the day he died in Warm Springs, Georgia, along with two other close women companions.In Franklin and Lucy, acclaimed author and historian Joseph E. Persico explores FDR´s romance with Lucy Rutherfurd, which was far deeper and lasted much longer than was previously acknowledged. Persico´s provocative conclusions about their relationship are informed by a revealing range of sources, including never-before-published letters and documents from Lucy Rutherfurd´s estate that attest to the intensity and scope of the affair.FDR´s connection with Lucy also creates an opportunity for Persico to take a more penetrating look at the other women in FDR´s life. We come to see more clearly how FDR´s infidelity as a husband contributed to Eleanor´s eventual transformation from a repressed Victorian to perhaps the greatest American woman of her century; how the shaping hand of FDR´s strong-willed mother helped to imbue him with the resolve to overcome personal and public adversity throughout his life; and how other women around FDR, including his ´´surrogate spouse´´ Missy LeHand, and his close confidante, the obscure Margaret ´´Daisy´´ Suckley, completed the world that he inhabited.Franklin and Lucy is an extraordinary look at the private life of a leader who continues to fascinate scholars and the general public alike. In focusing on Lucy Rutherfurd and the myriad women who mattered to Roosevelt, Persico paints a more intimate portrait than we have heretofore had of this enigmatic giant of American history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Len Cariou. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001420de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Black River flows from Missouri into Arkansas, east of Branson and west of the Bootheel. It meanders where the foothills of the Ozarks begin to rise out of the Mississippi plain. The area was sparsely populated when E. R. Coleman was a young man. Like the population they served, businesses were modest, mostly small, and scattered. Arkansas was still the Bear State; slogans boasting that it was - or predicting that it would become - the ´´Land of Opportunity´´ were yet to be conceived. Coleman´s early years were shaped by the Great Depression, by a family ethic that dictated working as long as there was sunlight in the day, and by a region bordered on the west by Oklahoma´s Dust Bowl and on the east by the mighty - sometimes vengeful - Mississippi River. Told in his own words, this is a genuine American Horatio Alger story of hardscrabble beginnings, working longer and harder than today´s youth might be able to imagine, and plain dealing from cotton fields to board rooms. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeffrey W Goodrich. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/054704de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A comprehensive review of the mom and pop farming era (early 1800s through 1980s) in Orleans County, NY, which ended when local canning factories closed. Current oral histories, as well as those of early pioneers, provide first-hand accounts of farming with teams of horses, steel-wheel tractors, and plenty of ´´kid power´´. Emphasis is placed on the exceptional fruit industry along the south shore of Lake Ontario and the modern technology developed in Orleans County, NY. Chapters include: Kids Play and Country Schools Dairies and Dairy Farmers Fairs & Celebrations Canning Factories Modern Technology Farming, a Dangerous Endeavor Beasts of Burden Personal accounts of close-knit farm family living makes this a touching, informative local history book - ´´the past brought to life´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Douglas R. Pratt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/087186de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.