The Revolutionary War encompassed at least two struggles: one for freedom from British rule, and another, quieter but no less significant fight for the liberty of African Americans, thousands of whom fought in the Continental Army. Standing in Their Own Light restores these African American patriots to their rightful place in the historical struggle for independence and the end of racial oppression.Revolutionary era African Americans began their lives in a world that hardly questioned slavery; they finished their days in a world that increasingly contested the existence of the institution. Mining firsthand sources that include black veterans’ pension files, Judith L. Van Buskirk examines how the struggle for independence moved from the battlefield to the courthouse - and how personal conflicts contributed to the larger struggle against slavery and legal inequality. Black veterans claimed an American identity based on their willing sacrifice on behalf of American independence.Van Buskirk deftly places her findings in the changing context of the time. She notes the varied conditions of slavery before the war, the different degrees of racial integration across the Continental Army, and the war’s divergent effects on both northern and southern states. Her efforts retrieve black patriots’ experiences from historical obscurity and reveal their importance in the fight for equal rights - even though it would take another war to end slavery in the United States.The book is published by University of Oklahoma Press. The audiobook will be published by University Press Audiobooks. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marlin May. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/136185/bk_acx0_136185_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Slavery was a universal and totally accepted feature of ancient Greek society, so much so that while the conditions under which slaves lived and worked varied considerably, many ordinary citizens kept at least one slave, often working alongside their owners, while larger commercial enterprises involved huge numbers, many of whom could rise to positions of authority and wealth. It was possible for some slaves to buy their freedom, while others lived and died in conditions of appalling brutality, notably in the silver mines at Laurium. The revenues from these mines paid for the fleet with which Athens defeated Xerxes and were the basis of the Attic owls, the four drachma coins that revolutionized the Athenian economy. The mines were often leased to contractors and worked by slaves and condemned criminals. The galleries averaged approximately three and a half feet in height, so most miners had to work on their hands and knees. Another specific group of slaves that suffered particularly brutal treatment was the pornai, slaves used in the brothels as prostitutes. While those sound like the conditions of slavery people are accustomed to hearing about in more modern times, other forms of slavery in Greece were quite unique, and perhaps fittingly, Sparta might have had the most unusual system of all. Sparta will forever be known for its military prowess, but the importance the Spartans placed upon being a warrior society meant their way of life was entirely dependent on a class of indentured servants known as the helots. The Spartans needed the helots to maintain the domestic front, but they also frequently brought helots to the battlefield with them, and they repeatedly had to turn their own hoplites on unruly helots to suppress potential rebellions. As this makes clear, however unpalatable it may be to modern historians who expound on the virtues of the Greek legacy to western civilization, it is indisputably the case that slavery constituted a central pa 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Teutsch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/075632/bk_acx0_075632_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Soon after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, abolitionists began to call for the creation of black regiments. At first, the South and most of the North responded with outrage; southerners promised to execute any black soldiers captured in battle, while many northerners claimed that blacks lacked the necessary courage. Meanwhile, Massachusetts, long the center of abolitionist fervor, launched one of the greatest experiments in American history. In Thunder at the Gates, Douglas R. Egerton chronicles the formation and battlefield triumphs of the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantry and the 5th Massachusetts Cavalry - regiments led by whites, but composed of black men born free or into slavery. He argues that the most important battles of all were won on the field of public opinion, for in fighting with distinction, the regiments realized the long-derided idea of full and equal citizenship for blacks. A stirring evocation of this transformative episode, Thunder at the Gates offers a riveting new perspective on the Civil War and its legacy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Crisden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/006709/bk_tant_006709_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
America might be dead, but Nick Angriff will kick your ass to resurrect her. Lt. General Nick Angriff has spent his adult life protecting family and country from a world of terrorism spinning out of control. On the battlefield, off the grid, in clandestine special task forces and outright black ops, Angriff never wavers from duty. But when a terror attack on Lake Tahoe kills his family, he's left with only the corrosive acid of revenge...that is, until a hated superior officer reveals the deepest of all secret operations. Against the day of national collapse, a heavily armed military unit rests in cryogenic storage, to be awakened when needed, and Angriff is named its commander. Fifty years later he wakes to find the USA destroyed and predatory warlords roaming the ruins. Stalked by assassins bent on seizing his command for their own purposes, Angriff has to prepare for war while avoiding murder. Because the only wall still shielding survivors from slavery and death are the men and women of The Last Brigade. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Romick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/125393/bk_acx0_125393_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address in 1861 to his brief remarks on the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, battlefield in 1863 to his Second Inaugural Address given in 1865, America's 16th president, in three key speeches, defined the course of the nation's entry into, through, and out of the Civil War. These three speeches tell the story of a nation's stubborn reluctance to face peacefully the challenge of slavery, disunion, and war among the states. They implore the nation to consider the great losses surely to happen should war come; they mirror the sadness of the tragedy of that war at its height; and they hold out hope and promise for a nation soon to be rejoined at the conclusion of the conflict. Timeless phrases emerged from each address: "the better angels of our nature"; "of the people, by the people, for the people"; and "to care for him who shall have borne the battle". In The Lincoln Trio, every word Lincoln spoke during his three key addresses is carefully recorded to capture the tone and urgency of Lincoln's remarks, with emphasis on important phrases and specific words, based on the historical records. 1. Language: English. Narrator: C. James Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mike/001376/bk_mike_001376_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here is a stunning Star Wars novel, from one of science-fiction's greatest talents: Greg Bear. Rogue Planet is an unforgettable journey stretching from the farthest reaches of known space to the battlefield of a young boy's heart, where a secret struggle is being waged that will decide the fate of billions. That boy is 12-year-old Anakin Skywalker. The Force is strong in Anakin - so strong that the Jedi Council, despite misgivings, entrusted the young Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi with the mission of training him to become a Jedi Knight. Obi-Wan - like his slain Master, Qui-Gon - believes Anakin may be the chosen one, the Jedi destined to bring balance to the Force. But first Obi-Wan must help his undisciplined, idealistic apprentice, who still bears the scars of slavery, find his own balance. Dispatched to the mysterious planet Zonama Sekot, source of the fastest ships in the galaxy, Obi-Wan and Anakin are swept up in a swirl of deadly intrigue and betrayal. For there are others who covet the power such superfast ships could bring. Raith Siener, a brilliant but unscrupulous weapons and ship designer, has the brains to decipher the Zonama Sekot ship design. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Cumpsty. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/000439/bk_rhuk_000439_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Battle of Kursk - World War IILong-time adversaries Germany and the Soviet Union put their hostilities to the test in World War II. Despite a temporary truce in the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Non-aggression Pact in 1939, the Germans and the Soviets knew that the time was coming when they would face one another on the battlefield. Adolf Hitler, eager to accomplish his confident prediction that Russia would be easily defeated and its people subjected into slavery to serve as free labor for Germany, invaded the vast country in June 1941. But Operation Barbarossa was the beginning of the downfall of the Third Reich, as the dogged Russian refusal to succumb and the menace of the Russian winter demonstrated that the Soviet Union would not surrender as other European nations had done.You will learn about:Hitler’s View of the UntermenschThe Communazi Pact and Operation BarbarossaThe German PanzersThe Soviet T-34Preparing for BattleShowdown at KurskAnd much more!By the end of the Battle of Kursk in August 1943, the largest tank battle in history, Germany had learned that the Soviet war machine was not easily dismissed. The Russians had learned that the Nazis were not invincible. In a fierce military encounter that included more than three million soldiers, 10.000 tanks, and 5.000 aircraft, the Battle of Kursk demonstrated the folly of underestimating the might of the Red Army. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matthew J. Chandler-Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/165320/bk_acx0_165320_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Lt. Col. John Laurens, son of one of South Carolina's wealthiest planters and aide-de-camp to General Washington as well as battlefield hero, had two passions. One, to free the colonies from England. The other, when the war was won, to free the slaves. He had a plan whereby slaves, having served during the war in a specially formed regiment, would have their freedom and 50 pounds sterling to start a free life. He had designed uniforms for that regiment and convinced his father, Henry Laurens, President of the Continental Congress, to let him have, as a start, 40 able-bodied men of their own 250 slaves (that included women and children) and to put through Congress permission for John to recruit 3,000 slaves for this regiment. At Valley Forge he met up with his father's good friend from Georgia, General McIntosh, whose father had tried, alongside Ogelthorpe in 1740 to keep slavery out of Georgia. At Valley Forge John also met the two McIntosh girls who had come up from Georgia to keep house for their father during winter camp. This is a story of the Revolutionary war, from Valley Forge to Philadelphia to CharlesTown to Savannah and back, and it is also a story of the men who fought, the women who waited, a war many thought impossible for the colonies to win, and a love a man and a woman thought just as impossible. And yet… 1. Language: English. Narrator: Beverly Enwall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/004920/bk_acx0_004920_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As between the loss of independence and the loss of slavery, we assume that every patriot will freely give up the latter.... (Patrick Cleburne, 1864) During the Civil War, the eyes of the nation usually stayed fixed to the Eastern theater, where Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia constantly bedeviled the Union Army of the Potomac and its many commanders. Instrumental to that success at places like Second Manassas and Chancellorsville was Lee’s corps commander, Stonewall Jackson, who became one of the most popular and respected generals of the Civil War. Despite the Confederates’ success in holding off the Union’s offensives in the East, however, the Union made steady progress in the Western theater, winning battles like Shiloh, capturing New Orleans, and sealing off the Mississippi River at Vicksburg. Like the Union generals in the East, Confederate generals in the West were either mortally wounded in battle (Albert Sidney Johnston) or proved ineffective (Braxton Bragg, John Pemberton). One of the only bright spots in the West for the Confederacy was Irish immigrant Patrick Cleburne, whose successes earned him the nickname "Stonewall of the West". Where so many Confederates were failing, Cleburne's strategic tactics and bold defensive fighting earned him fame and recognition throughout the South, even leading Lee to call him "a meteor shining from a clouded sky." Unfortunately for Cleburne, he is also remembered today for reasons other than his battlefield successes. Cleburne was tasked with leading an assault that he heartily opposed during the Battle of Franklin near the end of 1864, but he obeyed the command and was killed in the assault within the Union lines. The general was so legendary even among Union soldiers that the valuables on his body were looted before his body came back to Confederate lines. Upon hearing of his death, Cleburne’s old corps commander noted, "Where this division defended, no o 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tracey Norman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/111609/bk_acx0_111609_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.