Responding to reports of gold discoveries on the Fraser River, thousands of prospectors from California and other points on the Pacific coast crossed the 49th parallel to British territory in 1858. Most returned to San Francisco and Puget Sound later in the same year, blaming their failure to find wealth in the river canyons on uncooperative Hudson´s Bay Company officials and the English government. Viewing events from the perspective of California, historians have generally considered the gold rush a failure. In reality, the Fraser River experience was a sustained success, continuing beyond 1858 and embracing the vast interior of British Columbia, and becoming one of the major developments in Pacific Northwest history. Although it was an artificial line bisecting forest, mountain, and prairie, the 49th parallel separated distinct regions of law and custom, explaining why many Americans were unable to comprehend the true nature of their adventures in British North America. The book is published by Washington State University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Peterson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/089328/bk_acx0_089328_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Antietam is a large creek that runs about a mile east and south of the small hamlet of Sharpsburg, Maryland. Despite its attractive name, Antietam was a man-made disaster, its name signifying horror to the participants and to generations of their families. Some 6,400 Americans were killed or mortally wounded on that day, which is more than those killed in the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War and all the Indian wars, combined. At a time when the American population was a fraction of what it is today, the deaths at Antietam were more than twice the number killed at the World Trade Center, and four times the number killed on D-Day. Then of course there were the wounded and maimed. About 15,000 of them. Many would later die of their wounds, not counted as killed on the field. And an exceptional percentage of these wounded would go under the knife of the surgeons, aptly named ´´saw-bones”, on the kitchen table of a local farmer’s house, and then laid in some filthy straw in a dank barn, to either live or die. For those that lived, usually teenagers, they could look forward to spending the remainder of their lives hobbling around on a crude wooden crutch, or minus an arm or two, no longer capable of doing a man’s work of that time. And particularly for the Southerners, don’t count too much on any government assistance after the war. While this battlefield tour must by necessity focus on the ´´big picture” - the generals, the map arrows, the movements of divisions, brigades and regiments, etc. - I do from time to time try to include insights from the privates and corporals in the maelstrom, so that we don’t forget that on the ground, down at the regiment, company and individual level, Antietam was not just lines on a map; it was a brutal fight between flesh and blood men who believed so completely in their cause that they were quite willing to kill or be killed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Kunkel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/024112/bk_acx0_024112_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The first significant book on the history and impact of the ADA - the ´´eyes on the prize´´ moment for disability rights. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the widest-ranging and most comprehensive piece of civil rights legislation ever passed in the United States, and it has become the model for disability-based laws around the world. Yet the surprising story behind how the bill came to be is little known. In this riveting account, acclaimed disability scholar Lennard J. Davis delivers the first behind-the-scenes and on-the-ground narrative of how a band of leftist Berkeley hippies managed to make an alliance with upper-crust, conservative Republicans to bring about a truly bipartisan bill. Based on extensive interviews with all the major players involved, including legislators and activists, Davis recreates the dramatic tension of a story that is anything but a dry account of bills and speeches. Rather, it´s filled with one indefatigable character after another, culminating in explosive moments when the hidden army of the disability community stages scenes like the iconic Capitol Crawl or an event some describe as ´´deaf Selma´´, when students stormed Gallaudet University demanding a ´´deaf president now!´´ From inside the offices of newly formed disability groups to secret breakfast meetings surreptitiously held outside the White House grounds, here we meet countless unsung characters, including political heavyweights and disability advocates on the front lines. ´´You want to fight?´´ an angered Ted Kennedy would shout in an upstairs room at the Capitol while negotiating the final details of the ADA. Congressman Tony Coelho, whose parents once thought him to be possessed by the devil because of his epilepsy, later became the bill´s primary sponsor. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Stillwell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023546/bk_adbl_023546_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Spokane & Inland Empire Railroad started as a streetcar line, used largely for real estate development, and grew into a regional electric railway noted for its cutting edge technology and elegant sense of style. Jay P. Graves and the other men connected with the railroad, created land improvement companies designed to provide luxury resorts, as well as plan small towns. Within a few years, the rail lines would stretch from Spokane to Coeur d´Alene, and Hayden lakes to the east, with another line heading south through the Palouse, splitting at Spring Valley, to Colfax, and Moscow. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hattie Matilda. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/093677/bk_acx0_093677_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When novelist and former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson traveled to Afghanistan for an embed with the 101st Airborne Division, he found great soldiers - and a seemingly hopeless mission. This is the gripping non-fiction tale of how the United States is spending $100 billion a year on a war that even the men on the front lines can´t explain. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alex Berenson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/004479/bk_brll_004479_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
History is important to the understanding of life; it is hoped the reader will enjoy this study of a long-time family, their love for country, and accepting failure and defeat with victory. John-Jehu was said to be a successful businessman, early 1800s, and, since he was fluent in the Cherokee language, he had been in the employ of the Judge Advocate for the Cherokee before 1830. This really lines up with all we have learned of his life, and we hail him as a fine American, a patriot, with all the values that made this a great nation, that is, a voice for the weak, a love of justice, and human progress. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ellery Truesdell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/023690/bk_acx0_023690_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
FNH Audio presents the story of Fourth Massachusetts Cavalry, a regiment that was formed during the American Civil War. Its officers were almost all experienced men and the rank and file was likewise seeded with experience. The unit served with distinction throughout its existence. The book comes in three sections. The first tells of the ´´Battle at High Bridge´´. The Fourth were dispatched to the bridge having been told the defences would be light or non-existent. The truth however was somewhat different. Not only was it defended by infantry but also dug-in artillery in a strong position. The second section tells of the part ´´the Fourth´´ played in raising the Union flag in Richmond, as told by the wife of a southern general, Major-General George E. Pickett. As the Northern army closed in, the civilian and military occupants of Richmond began pulling out. The southern troops tried to fire the town. Into this maelstrom rode ´´the Fourth´´. The final part starts with president Lincoln entering Richmond and is escorted around by ´´the Fourth´´, and then follows the Fourth as they move onto Appomattox. There they meet and escort General Lee, through the lines and on to his home. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/fnha/000005/bk_fnha_000005_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
President McKinley was shot by a lone gunman name Lee who was an anarchist who blamed McKinley and us capitalist system for his economic problems on September 6, 1901 McKinley was in Buffalo New York at the Pan-American in a receiving line when a man carrying a hidden handgun walk in a shot him twice but the doctor´s only found one bullet the other bullet was left in it caused Gang Greene killing Mckinley 8 days later McKinley was dead McKinley 6.8 1900 election Chapter one Killing McKinley William McKinley Rapid economic growth marked McKinley¿s presidency. William McKinley at age 15 William McKinley, Jr., was born in 1843 in Niles, Ohio, the seventh child of William and Nancy (Allison) McKinley. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scot Wilcox. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/014211/bk_acx0_014211_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After traveling 60 miles on horseback through snow to the Crawford cabin, Dr. Ephraim McDowell examines his patient. He realizes that he is not dealing with an overdue pregnancy, but an enlarged ovarian cyst. He gives the patient the grim news that he can do nothing to save her. She begs him to try to remove the life-threatening tumor. McDowell is well-aware that no surgery has ever before been attempted and that what the patient is asking would be tantamount to butchery and murder. At the same time, he has long-believed that if carefully and properly executed, such a surgery could be successful. After all, animals routinely survive spaying. With both their lives on the line, McDowell agrees to attempt the dangerous surgery if Jane will travel back to Danville, Kentucky with him. Jane agrees to make the trip and on Christmas Day, 1809, Dr. Ephraim McDowell successfully removed a twenty-two-pound tumor from the abdomen of Jane Todd Crawford. 1. Language: English. Narrator: AOC Richard L. Palmer USN/RET. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/081582/bk_acx0_081582_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dwight D. Eisenhower earned public acclaim during World War II as supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe. The first Republican since Herbert Hoover to occupy the White House, ´´Ike” planned to hold the line against further expansion of federal powers. He worked assiduously to avoid being dragged into the school desegregation issue, believing in a ´´gradualist” approach to eliminating racial discrimination. Eisenhower helped steer the Supreme Court toward a middle-ground ´´with all deliberate speed” approach in Brown v. Board of Education II and hoped to allow states and local communities to work out the desegregation issue themselves. When the governor of Arkansas refused to allow black children to attend public school in Little Rock, however, Eisenhower was forced to send in National Guard troops to restore order. In the end, Eisenhower’s commitment to ´´gradualism,” albeit well-intentioned, allowed those dedicated to preserving segregation to advance their agenda, ushering in the period of violence and civil rights protests that would plague the nation in the 1960s. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Runnette. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027540/bk_adbl_027540_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.