The racialized and exoticized cult of Voodoo occupies a central place in the popular image of the Crescent City. But as Kodi A. Roberts argues in Voodoo and Power, the religion was not a monolithic tradition handed down from African ancestors to their American-born descendants. Instead, a much more complicated patchwork of influences created New Orleans Voodoo, allowing it to move across boundaries of race, class, and gender. By employing late 19th and early 20th-century first-hand accounts of Voodoo practitioners and their rituals, Roberts provides a nuanced understanding of who practiced Voodoo and why. Voodoo in New Orleans, a mélange of religion, entrepreneurship, and business networks, stretched across the color line in intriguing ways. Voodoo rituals and institutions also drew inspiration from the surrounding milieu, including the privations of the Great Depression, the city s complex racial history, and the free-market economy. Money, employment, and business became central concerns for the religion s practitioners: to validate their work, some began operating from recently organized Spiritual Churches, entities that were tax exempt and thus legitimate in the eyes of the state of Louisiana. Practitioners even leveraged local figures like the mythohistoric Marie Laveau for spiritual purposes and entrepreneurial gain. All the while, they contributed to the cultural legacy that fueled New Orleans s tourist industry and drew visitors and their money to the Crescent City. The book is published by Louisiana State University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Thomas Stone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/083716/bk_acx0_083716_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
John Neihardt, celebrated for his cycle of epic poems about the American West and for Black Elk Speaks, was in his nineties when he wrote this engaging book about growing up in the Midwest. All Is but a Beginning describes the people and events instrumental in shaping his later distinguished career as a poet; historian, and authority on Indians. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robin Neihardt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/014571/bk_acx0_014571_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Brief History of the Heavyweights 1881-2010: Tracy Callis
Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 1881 (Classic Reprint): J. A. Allen
History of the Yorkshire Miners 1881-1918: Carolyn Baylies
History of Madras Port (1881-1947):Inception, Organization, Growth and Development K. Marimuthu
Proceedings at the Annual Meeting of the Natural History Society of Montreal, for the Year Ending May, 1881:With a List of the Officers, Life, Honorary and Corresponding Members of the Society (Classic Reprint) Natural History Society Of Montreal
A landmark of Civil War History, The Campaigns of the Civil War series was originally published in 1881, and has often been reprinted in facsimile editions. The series still remains of interest to historians for its eye-witness accounts of political and military events, as well as its portrayals of the soldiers and statement who waged the conflict. The Outbreak of Rebellion is the first of 12 volumes in this series to be produced in audiobook format by Audio Americana. John G. Nicolay was private secretary to Abraham Lincoln in Illinois and followed the president-elect to Washington D.C. where he continued to serve President Lincoln throughout the war. While modern historians may find Nicolay´s objectivity occasionally wanting, especially in his vociferous condemnation of the southern "conspiracy"; his contemporary account of the secession of South Carolina, the surrender of Fort Sumter, and the retreat from Bull Run provide the sort of vivid, first-person recollections that make The Outbreak of Rebellion an enduring classic, and the Campaigns of the Civil War series a cornerstone of Civil War literature. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Lee Philips. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/open/000034/bk_open_000034_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Campaigns of the Civil War series was originally published by Charles Scribner’s Sons in 1881-1883. A landmark of Civil War history, the series remains of keen interest to historians, re-enactors, and other Civil War enthusiasts for its detailed accounts of military and political affairs, as well as its portrayals of the soldiers and statesmen who waged the conflict. From Fort Henry to Corinth by M. F. Force is the second of 12 volumes in this series. Author, soldier and later Medal of Honor recipient Force offers a meticulously rendered accounting of several major battles that took place during the first months of 1862, describing in minute detail the strength and positioning of forces under Union and Confederate commanders and the tactics and strategies employed on the battlefield by Generals Grant, Johnston, Beauregard, Buell, Wallace, and others. Among the battles described in From Fort Henry to Corinth are the siege of Fort Donelson in Tennessee, where a then relatively obscure Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant earned the sobriquet ´´Unconditional Surrender” Grant, and the bloody carnage of Shiloh, where the south suffered the loss of General Albert Sidney Johnston and an ultimately devastating military defeat. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Lee Philips. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/open/000072/bk_open_000072_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1880, Civil War veteran James Garfield was running as a Republican for president, and one of his supporters was a man named Charles Guiteau, who wrote and circulated a speech called "Garfield vs. Hancock" that aimed to rally support for the Republican candidate. Though few knew it, Guiteau´s family had already deemed him insane and attempted to keep him committed in an asylum, only to have him manage an escape from confinement. Garfield went on to narrowly edge Winfield Scott Hancock in the election, and Guiteau, harboring delusions of grandeur, believed he had helped tip the scales in Garfield´s favor. As such, he believed that he was entitled to a post in Garfield´s nascent administration, perhaps even an ambassadorship, and he continued to rack up debts while operating under the assumption that he would soon have the government salary to pay them back. However, despite lobbying around Republican headquarters in New York City and even approaching Cabinet members, no post was forthcoming for the troubled man. Eventually, in May 1881, Secretary of State James Blaine told him to never show up again. Enraged by the perceived slight, Guiteau bought a revolver and plotted to kill the president. He got his chance on July 2, 1881, at a railroad station, shooting Garfield in the back twice and bragging to the authorities, "I am a Stalwart of the Stalwarts...Arthur is president now!" In reality, Garfield would live for nearly three more months, and the poor standards of medical care in the 1880s would end up being responsible for the fact he did not survive. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/086182/bk_acx0_086182_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.