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U.S. History

November 2010

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Across the Wide Missouri by Bernard Augustine De Voto
Read by Art Metzler. Reading time 20 hours 12 minutes.
Originally published in 1947. The author chronicles the history of the Rocky Mountain fur trade, which flourished in the 1830s. He describes the business as a vocation--although the rivalry between competing companies was often violent--and examines its relationship to westward expansion. Volume 2 of a trilogy and sequel to The Year of Decision: 1846 Download Across the Wide Missouri, DB33338

Adventuring Along the Lewis and Clark Trail by Elizabeth Grossman.
Read by Ray Childs. Reading time 11 hours 54 minutes.
Travel guide traces the Corps of Discovery's 1804-1806 route across ten states to the Pacific Ocean. Excerpts from Lewis and Clark's journals provide perspective on ecological changes that have taken place since their expedition. Also includes tips on hiking, biking, canoeing, and kayaking adventures. Gives useful contact information. 2003. Download Adventuring along the Lewis and Clark Trail, DB56639

The Apaches: Eagles of the Southwest by Donald Emmet Worcester
Read by Hal Tenny. Reading time 16 hours 58 minutes.
A history of the Apache Indians of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico from the post-Conquest era of the Spaniards up to modern times. The main focus is on the nineteenth-century, the era of the Apaches' sometimes splintered but always determined resistance to the white intruders. Covers such tribes as the Mescaleros, Mimbrenos, Chiricahuas, Coyoteros, Tontos, Pinalenos, and individual leaders such as Cochise, Victorio, Geronimo, Chato, Nachez, and others. Download The Apaches: Eagles of the Southwest, DB15926

Before Lewis and Clark: The Story of the Chouteaus, the French Dynasty That Ruled America's Frontier by Shirley Christian.
Read by Mary Kane. Reading time 17 hours 45 minutes.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist traces several generations of the Chouteaus, a fur-trading French family who dominated the Louisiana frontier and founded St. Louis forty years before Lewis and Clark's 1803 arrival. Historical portrait features half-brothers Auguste and Pierre Chouteau, whose regional knowledge aided the famed expedition to the Pacific. 2004. Download Before Lewis and Clark: The Story of the Chouteaus, the French Dynasty That Ruled America's Frontier, DB58181

Brinkley's Beat: People, Places, and Events That Shaped My Time by David Brinkley.
Read by Gregory Gorton. Reading time 7 hours 51 minutes.
Posthumously published memoir by well-known TV reporter and anchor comprising anecdotal reflections on his life and career. Covers his many interests including World War II, civil rights, world affairs, political personalities and conventions, and American foreign policy. Includes his wry observations on his world and his work. 2003. Download Brinkley's Beat: People, Places, and Events That Shaped My Time, DB57571

Dangerous Passage: The Santa Fe Trail and The Mexican War by William Y. Chalfant  
Read by Butch Hoover. Reading time 10 hours 32 minutes.
Set in the late 1840s, this is the story of a road that ran from Independence, Missouri, to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the role it played in the Mexican War and in claiming southwest territory for the United States. The road, known as the Santa Fe Trail, played an equally dramatic role during encounters with Native Americans that soon escalated into the Indian Wars. Download Dangerous Passage: The Santa Fe Trail and the Mexican War, DB39684

Eyewitness to America: 500 Years of America in the Words of Those Who Saw It Happen by David Colbert
Read by Bruce Huntey. Reading time 23 hours 48 minutes.
A collection of firsthand reports on pivotal events in American history. These authentic accounts convey the urgency and attitudes of their times concerning significant issues and themes in American life from 1492 through 1994. Bestseller. Download Eyewitness to America: 500 Years of America in the Words of Those Who Saw It Happen, DB44136

Forth to the Wilderness: The First American Frontier, 1754-1774 by Dale Van Every.
Read by Christopher Hurt. Reading time 13 hours 42 minutes.
An account of the first crossing of the Appalachian Mountains and the settlements established beyond them before the Revolution. Includes biographical material on the key men and the obscure people who took part in the mass migration. Download Forth to the wilderness: the first American frontier, 1754-1774, DB20396

The Great Tax Wars: Lincoln to Wilson; The Fierce Battles Over Money and Power That Transformed the Nation by Steven R. Weisman.
Read by Dan Bloom. Reading time 15 hours 59 minutes.
Journalist chronicles six decades of the struggle to reach consensus on income tax in America. Beginning with the Civil War, Weisman details social, political, and legal opposition to government's attempts at wealth redistribution. He reconstructs Teddy Roosevelt's Progressive-Era efforts and concludes with the establishment of a progressive tax under Woodrow Wilson. 2002. Download The Great Tax Wars: Lincoln to Wilson; the Fierce Battles over Money and Power That Transformed the Nation, DB56622

Invisible Giants: Fifty Americans Who Shaped the Nation but Missed the History Books by Mark Carnes.
Read by Steven Carpenter. Reading time 10 hours 47 minutes.
Fifty prominent authors of the late twentieth century, including Rita Dove, Stephen Sondheim, Camille Paglia, Walter Shapiro, and Gloria Steinem, select and introduce forgotten heroes from the 18,000 historical figures found in the American National Biography. Many cite personal favorites who inspired their careers or conduct. 2002. Download Invisible Giants: Fifty Americans Who Shaped the Nation but Missed the History Books, DB56429

John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy by Evan Thomas.
Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time 13 hours 41 minutes.
Biography of the "great sea warrior," born in Scotland in 1747, who went to sea at age thirteen. Describes his career in the fledgling American Continental Navy, his later exploits in Europe and Russia, and his burial in an obscure Paris grave in 1792. 2003. Download John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy, DB56700

The Last Americans: The Indian in American Culture by William Brandon.
Read by Ila Toney. Reading time 19 hours 57 minutes.
Sums up the history of the American Indians and emphasizes the diversities of their cultures, from the Mayan to the Hohokan of Arizona. Download The last Americans: the Indian in American culture, DB15432

New England and the Sea by Robert G. Albion.
Read by Colleen Delany.  Reading time 11 hours 34 minutes.
Traces the roots of the maritime heritage of the northeastern coast of the United States from colonial times through the twentieth century. Covers the "heroic age" of shipping and the "golden age" of fishing and deepwater commerce, the decline of many industries, and the transition to recreational activities 1972.Download New England and the Sea, DB54255

One Hundred Years of Hunting: The Ultimate Tribute to Our Hunting Heritage
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 6 hours 58 minutes.
A collection of eighteen hunting tales by notable historical persons and outdoor writers celebrating an American sporting activity over most of the past century. Includes Grover Cleveland's "Quail Shooting" (1906), Ernest Hemingway's "Remembering Shooting-Flying: A Key West Letter" (1935), and Jimmy Carter's "Learning to Hunt" (1988). 1999. Download One Hundred Years of Hunting: The Ultimate Tribute to Our Hunting Heritage, DB57592

Passage to Union: How the Railroads Transformed American Life, 1829-1929 by Sarah H. Gordon.  
Read by Bruce Huntey. Reading time 12 hours 1 minute.
Traces, from the nineteenth century, the growth of railroads and their impact on America's evolving economy, society, and law. Describes how the railroads helped unify a fragmented nation, settle the West, advance trade, and centralize wealth. Laments that the network promoted cities at the expense of small towns. Download Passage to Union: How the Railroads Transformed American Life, 1829-1929, DB46235

A Patriot's Handbook: Songs, Poems, Stories, and Speeches Celebrating the Land We Love by Caroline Kennedy.
Read by Annie Wauters. Reading time 24 hours 17 minutes.
Anthology compiled by the bestselling editor of Profiles in Courage for Our Time (RC 54830) champions the enduring power of freedom, equality, and the pursuit of happiness: the ideals inspiring our country. Kennedy's "collage of America" is intended for families and arranged by themes, including the flag, war and peace, and opportunity. Bestseller. 2003. Download A Patriot's Handbook: Songs, Poems, Stories, and Speeches Celebrating the Land We Love, DB56506

Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82 by Elizabeth A. Fenn.
Read by Margaret Strom. Reading time 11 hours 43 minutes.
Historian examines the devastation caused by the smallpox virus that ravaged continental North America while the east-coast colonies fought the revolution against Britain. Explores the complexity of historical interpretation in the light of this virulently contagious disease that caused terror and death and may have affected the war's outcome. 2001. Download Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82, DB53532

The President's House: A First Daughter Shares the History and Secrets of the World's Most Famous Home by Margaret Truman.
Read by Patricia McDermott. Reading time 13 hours 9 minutes.
The daughter of President Harry Truman describes the history and architectural features of the White House and shares tidbits about its former occupants. Includes anecdotes about past commanders in chief and their families, pets, servants, and distinguished guests. 2003. Download The President's House: A First Daughter Shares the History and Secrets of the World's Most Famous Home, DB57439

Red, White, and Blue Letter Days: An American Calendar by Matthew Dennis.
Read by Ted Stoddard. Reading time 14 hours 29 minutes.
Professor describes the history and origin of American civic holidays and how they reflect the politics and values of this country. Includes the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Columbus Day, Labor Day, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday. 2002. Download Red, White, and Blue Letter Days: An American Calendar, DB55134

The Signers of the Declaration of Independence by Robert G. Ferris.
Read by Randy Atcher. Reading time 6 hours 14 minutes.
Brief biographies of each of the fifty-six patriots who signed the American Declaration of Independence and were subsequently branded as traitors to the English crown. Includes text, summary, and historical background of the 1776 document. 1973. Download The Signers of the Declaration of Independence, DB52815

Sixties by Todd Gitlin.
Read by Barry Bernson. Reading time 23 hours 32 minutes.
In this critical history and personal memoir, a Berkeley sociologist and former member of the New Left presents a well-documented account of sixties culture and politics. Focusing on the roots and growth of the white student youth movement, he examines such pivotal episodes as the SDS Port Huron convention of 1962, the Weathermen townhouse explosion and the Kent State killings of 1970 along with legacies of the era, particularly the feminist and civil rights movements. Download Sixties, DB27435

To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight by James Tobin.
Read by Jake Williams. Reading time 18 hours 18 minutes.
Award-winning author reconstructs the early twentieth century competition to create a flying machine. While highlighting the monumental achievements of Wilbur and Orville Wright, Tobin also details the efforts of their rivals--including inventor Alexander Graham Bell and Smithsonian secretary Samuel Langley. 2003. Download To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight, DB57312

Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation by John Ehle.
Read by Jake Williams. Reading time 17 hours 10 minutes.
Ehle discusses the history of the Cherokee nation and the political and social factors contributing to the 1838 forced march that came to be known as the Trail of Tears. His sympathetic account covers the adaptation of the Cherokees to European values prior to the migration of twelve thousand Cherokees from their eastern homelands. Download Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation, DB42034

The Washington Monument: It Stands for All by Thomas B. Allen.
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 4 hours 39 minutes.
A history of the monument that commemorates the country's first president and is the tallest freestanding structure in Washington, D.C. Contains a brief biographical sketch of Washington, a chronology of the monument's construction and its 1998 restoration, and highlights of events that happened nearby on the Mall. 2000. Download The Washington Monument: It Stands for All, DB51104

A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America by Jon Kukla.
Read by Lou Harpenau. Reading time 16 hours 35 minutes.
Describes decades of political intrigue and diplomatic negotiations leading to the 1803 Louisiana Purchase by President Thomas Jefferson. Explores the machinations of French and Spanish rulers, the actions of American entrepreneurs, and the effects of a Haitian rebellion that caused Napoleon to sell a vast North American territory. Some strong language. 2003. Download A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America, DB56080