This book surveys the colonial and revolutionary history of the Pennsylvania colony from the day William Penn founded the colony, through decades of political disagreement among members of the Penn family, and between the Pennsylvania government and its citizens. Those disputes resulted in groundbreaking political principles, many of which became the foundation of the new federal government when the US became independent. The survey briefly discusses the contributions of the Penn family, establishment of institutions of higher learning, and the first abolitionist movements in the US. Pennsylvania´s Founding Fathers run the gamut from an indentured servant to wealthy merchants, politicians, and soldiers. Of course, the most well-known is Benjamin Franklin, who many historians refer to as America´s Founding Father because of his contributions to education, politics, society, and the sciences. Pennsylvania´s role in the American Revolution is significant, with Valley Forge, Brandywine and Germantown being some of the most noteworthy locations. The fighting may have ended in 1781, but another war - between the military and the new government - took place in Philadelphia, and resulted in the relocation of the US government to Washington, DC. The Whiskey Rebellion - the first serious threat to the new US government - occurred in Pennsylvania and its outcome and implications for the future of the new nation are discussed. The final installment of the French-Indian Wars - the French and Indian War - was fought as the North American counterpart of the Seven Years´ War. Known for widespread fighting throughout the American colonies, the war resulted in high debt and the ´´Intolerable Acts´´, which lead to American independence. The special topic in this installment is the social and economic impact of hurricanes in the colonial period, a time in which colonists lacked today´s prediction and mitigation methods. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Deren Hansen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/044455de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Northeast Pennsylvania´s Wyoming Valley was truly a dark and bloody ground, the site of murders, massacres, and pitched battles. The valley´s turbulent history was the product of a bitter contest over property and power known as the Wyoming controversy. This dispute, which raged between the mid-18th and early 19th centuries, intersected with conflicts between whites and native peoples over land, a jurisdictional contest between Pennsylvania and Connecticut, violent contention over property among settlers and land speculators, and the social tumult of the American Revolution. In Wild Yankees, Paul B. Moyer argues that a struggle for personal independence waged by thousands of ordinary settlers lay at the root of conflict in northeast Pennsylvania and across the revolutionary-era frontier. The concept and pursuit of independence was not limited to actual war or high politics; it also resonated with ordinary people, such as the Wild Yankees. It drew settlers into contention with native peoples, wealthy speculators, governments, and each other over land, the shape of America´s postindependence social order, and the meaning of the Revolution. The book is published by Cornell University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris Chappell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/089108de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Willow: Bride of Pennsylvania is second in the unprecedented 50-book American Mail-Order Brides series. When a fire destroys the factory where Willow Miller works, her only choice for a secure future comes through becoming a mail-order bride to ex-Amish Amos Stoltzfus and moving to her ancestral home of Pennsylvania. Hope carries her forward into a new life, but guilt over her part in the fire that destroyed the factory threatens to hold her back. Amos Stoltzfus is overjoyed to bring someone as sweet and special as Willow into his life to recapture a sense of family and love that he has been missing. But Amos has a past of his own and unresolved conflict with his neighbor and former best friend, Mark Lapp, that stands in the way of family, happiness, and the community around him. Can Willow help resolve the pain and heal the breach that divides Amos from his community and his culture, or will her troubles stand in the way of her and Amos´ happiness? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Linda Velwest. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/049667de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation´s burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon. Despite repeated warnings of possible danger, nothing was done about the dam. Then came May 31, 1889, when the dam burst, sending a wall of water thundering down the mountain, smashing through Johnstown, and killing more than 2,000 people. It was a tragedy that became a national scandal. Graced by David McCullough´s remarkable gift for writing richly textured, sympathetic social history, The Johnstown Flood is an absorbing portrait of life in 19th-century America, of overweening confidence, of energy, and of tragedy. This is a powerful historical lesson for our century and all times: the danger of assuming that because people are in positions of responsibility they are behaving responsibly. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Edward Herrmann. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/000588de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Country music grew up in the mountains of Appalachia, in the cotton fields of Georgia and Mississippi, the car and truck plants in Detroit, and in the coal mines of Pennsylvania. It was - and is - the music of the people. Hairl Hensley tells of Jimmy Rodgers and the Carter Family; of Bob Wills and Ernest Tubb, whose music played in honky tonks...and Roy Acuff , whose music was heard in Madison Square Garden; of the Girls of the Golden West, but also of Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire. It all started on June 14, 1923, when Fiddlin´ John Carson played ´´The Old Hen Cackled´´.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hairl Hensley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/read/000006de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
People are coming to America, all kinds of people. If you´re European, you come in search of freedom or riches. If you´re African, you come in chains. And what about the Indians, what is happening to them? Soon 13 colonies are born, each with its own story. Meet Pocahontas and John Smith in Jamestown. Join William Penn and the Quakers in Pennsylvania. Sit with the judges at the Salem witch trials. Hike over mountains with Daniel Boone. And let Ben Franklin give you some salty advice in his Poor Richards Almanac. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christina Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/000504de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Penn Traffic Department Store is back in business in this one-of-a-kind book. Now´s your chance to revisit this Johnstown, Pennsylvania, landmark or experience its magic for the very first time. The whole true story of the legendary store, its employees, and the shoppers who loved it is right here, complete with all your favorite treats and traditions. Help yourself to Penn Way candies...have a burger and fries in the Penn Traffic restaurant...relax on the mezzanine...and wait on the sidewalk on a cold winter´s night for the grand unveiling of the most spectacular Christmas window in town. You´ll never forget this trip through history, from the store´s pre-Civil War beginnings to its dramatic finale 123 years later, with three devastating floods, an epic fire, and a high-stakes robbery in between. You´ll feel like you´ve returned to the store of your dreams, especially when you cook up the authentic goodies in the Penn Traffic recipe section, handed down from the store´s own bakery and candy kitchen all-stars. If you´ve ever longed to go back to the magical department store where you always felt at home, or you just wish for a simpler, sweeter place where the air smells like baking bread and the customer is always right, step inside. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Flavell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/052856de/bk_rhde_002536_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/acx0/066987de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Civil War Battles is an informative introduction to the subject. For four straight years, the people of the United States fought against one another in a brutal civil war that resulted in the deaths of approximately 620,000 men in uniform. Between 1861 and 1865, more Americans died during this bloody conflict than in all other American wars combined. With fighting across the South and in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Kentucky, some battles proved to be key in the overall outcome of the war. The clashes between the Union and the Confederates are nearly countless, ranging from minor skirmishes to full-scale engagements that sometimes stretched across battlefields measuring miles in length. Sometimes, these battles displayed the limits of a man´s endurance and revealed the honorable manhood of the armies. The story of these battles in Civil War Battles is the story of men who risked their lives for a personal cause and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The book is published by Chelsea House Publishing, a leading publisher of educational material. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brett Barry. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redw/000071de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
During the 1840s and 1850s, a dangerous ferment afflicted the North-South border region, pitting the slave states of Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, and Missouri against the free states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. Aspects of this struggle - the underground railroad, enforcement of the fugitive slave laws, mob actions, and sectional politics - are well known as parts of other stories. Here, Stanley Harrold explores the border struggle itself, the dramatic incidents that it comprised, and its role in the complex dynamics leading to the Civil War. Border War examines the previously neglected cross-border clash of attitudes and traditions dating many generations back. By the mid-nineteenth century, nowhere else were tensions greater between antislavery and proslavery interests. Nowhere else was there more direct conflict between the forces binding North and South together and those driving them apart. There were mass slave escapes, battles between antislavery and proslavery vigilantes, and fierce resistance in the Border North to the kidnapping of free African Americans. There were also fights throughout the borderlands between fugitive slaves and those attempting to apprehend them. Harrold argues that, during the 1850s, warfare on the Kansas-Missouri line and John Brown´s raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia, were manifestations of a more pervasive border conflict that helped push the Lower South into secession and helped persuade most of the Border South to stand by the Union. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Holsopple. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004261de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.