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A great opportunity to learn about American Democracy, these titles will take you to the very beginning of United States Government, guide you through her biggest events, and aquaint you with notable Americans along the way.

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America's Hidden History
America's Hidden History
by Kenneth C. Davis

Spanning a period from the Spanish arrival in America to George Washington’s inauguration in 1789, America’s Hidden History explores these episodes, among others…
America: Empire of Liberty, Volume 1: Liberty and Slavery
America: Empire of Liberty, Volume 1: Liberty and Slavery
by David Reynolds

This is the first of three audio volumes taken from the 90-part Radio 4 series. It tells the story of America through the voices of those who were there, from presidents to slaves.
The American Presidency
The American Presidency
by Robert Dallek

The 20th-century American Presidency is something of a mystery. Some Presidents performed exceptionally well in office, displaying strong leadership and winning the respect of the American people as well as the rest of the world.
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
by George H. Smith

In 1776, the 13 American colonies - refusing to pay unjust taxes - declared their independence from Britain. The resulting years of war are called the American Revolution…
A Basic History of the United States, Vol. 1: The Colonial Experience, 1607-1774
A Basic History of the United States, Vol. 1: The Colonial Experience, 1607-1774
by Clarence B. Carson

This is the first volume of a comprehensive five-volume set.
Brotherhood of the Revolution
Brotherhood of the Revolution
by Joseph J. Ellis

This is the story of the American Revolution, the men who made it and who then secured it. It is the story of an improbable victory by a provincial collection of loosely knit colonies over the dominant military and political power in the world.
California: A History
California: A History
by Kevin Starr

Acclaimed author, historian, and Guggenheim Fellow Kevin Starr is a professor at the University of Southern California. His extensive knowledge shines through this concise, yet comprehensive, depiction of the most fascinating aspects in California’s history.
A Call to Conscience
A Call to Conscience
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

His speeches stirred a generation to change - and outlined a practical way to economic freedom and true democracy. His words would help bring about the end of a brutally unequal system...
Causes of the Civil War
Causes of the Civil War
by Jay Winik

In this introductory lecture, Professor Jay Winik traces what led America into the grip of Civil War, and begins a series on how the nation survived.
Colonial Williamsburg Podcasts
Colonial Williamsburg Podcasts
by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Since 2005, "Past and Present" has taken you behind the scenes to meet interpreters, chefs, tradesmen, musicians, historians, curators, and more.
Comic History of the United States
Comic History of the United States
by Bill Nye

This text takes the reader on a comical journey from the time of the first European settlement through the Civil War.
The Coming Fury
 
The Coming Fury
by Bruce Catton

The Coming Fury (Vol. 1): From the split Democratic Convention in the spring of 1860 to the first battle of Bull Run.
The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
by Mark Skousen

Benjamin Franklin's autobiography is one of the greatest autobiographies of all time, but it was incomplete. Franklin ended his life's story in 1757, when he was 51. Now, at last, we get the rest of the story, in Franklin's own words.
The Constitutional Convention
The Constitutional Convention
by George H. Smith

In May 1787, delegates gathered in Philadelphia to attend a convention. After more than three months of debate, the United States Constitution was passed, establishing a national government....
The Founding Documents Podcast
The Founding Documents Podcast
by Various Authors

The Founding Documents Podcast is a periodic showcase presented in audio format. Here you will be able to listen to the declarations, speeches and essays that form the core principles of U.S. Government.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Speeches
 
Franklin D. Roosevelt Speeches
by Franklin D. Roosevelt

Below are complete audio recordings of some of Franklin D. Roosevelt's most important speeches as President.
Great American Presidents
Great American Presidents
by Wikipedia

LearnOutLoud's Great American Presidents collects four biographies of some of America's most celebrated leaders.
The Greatest Generation
The Greatest Generation
by Tom Brokaw

In this superb audiobook, Tom Brokaw goes out into America to tell through the stories of individual men and women the story of a generation...
History of Native America
History of Native America
by Ned Blackhawk

In these illuminating lectures from Professor Ned Blackhawk (Western Shoshone), a history of Native America is provided from the time shortly before the expeditions of Christopher Columbus to the present.
History of the United States
History of the United States
by Patrick N. Allitt

This 84-lecture series features three top professors sharing insights into this nation’s past, from European settlement and Revolutionary War through Civil War, 19th-century industrialization, world wars, and today.

History of the United States, Volume 1
History of the United States, Volume 1
by Charles Austin Beard

Charles Austin Beard was the most influential American historian of the early 20th century.
Howard Zinn with Special Guests: Lannan Readings & Conversations
 
Howard Zinn with Special Guests: Lannan Readings & Conversations
by Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn, a professor emeritus of political science at Boston University, is the author of twenty books.
I Have a Dream
 
I Have a Dream
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
JFK Reads the Declaration of Independence
 
JFK Reads the Declaration of Independence
by John F. Kennedy

Listen to an archival recording of Senator John F. Kennedy reading the Declaration of Independence in its entirety, which was made exclusively for New York radio station WQXR's 1957 July 4th observance.
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates
by Abraham Lincoln

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates, seven legendary meetings between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas during their 1858 senatorial campaign in Illinois, made history, and changed its course as well.
Modern American Presidents
Modern American Presidents
by Wikipedia

With Modern American Presidents, LearnOutLoud continues its series of Presidential biographies, this time focusing on recent history.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
by Frederick Douglass

First published in 1845, the Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass became Frederick Douglass's most well known work. It is as the name implies his autobiography.
Parting the Waters
Parting the Waters
by Taylor Branch

This audio adaptation focuses primarily on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the key moments that defined his rise to the forefront of the civil rights movement...
A Patriot's History of the United States
A Patriot's History of the United States
by Larry Schweikart

For the past three decades, history books have been biased, overemphasizing America's racism, sexism, and bigotry while downplaying the greatness of her patriots.
Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate
 
Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate
by Ronald Reagan

"We come to Berlin, we American Presidents, because it's our duty to speak in this place of freedom..."
Say It Plain: A Century of Great African-American Speeches
 
Say It Plain: A Century of Great African-American Speeches
by Stephen Smith

The visceral impact of history's great speechmakers is at the heart of Say It Plain....
A Short History of the United States
A Short History of the United States
by Edward Channing

Channing's best known work, A History of the United States, is regarded as one of the most complete and accurate accounts of American history and received the 1926 Pulitzer Prize for History.
Speech on Women's Right to Vote
Speech on Women's Right to Vote
by Susan B. Anthony

This speech, recited before court in 1873 is one of the greatest statements ever made on behalf of women's suffrage.
Studs Terkel Radio Archive
 
Studs Terkel Radio Archive
by Studs Terkel

On "The Studs Terkel Program," which was heard on Chicago's fine arts radio station WFMT from 1952 to 1997, Terkel interviewed Chicagoans and national and international figures who helped shape the past century.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame: A History of Baseball in America
Take Me Out to the Ballgame: A History of Baseball in America
by Timothy B. Shutt

Baseball has been celebrated as "America's National Pastime" for more than one hundred and fifty years, and recalls what, at least in retrospect, seems to be an earlier, more innocent age- long summer afternoons and sandlot ball, fresh rural air or brownstone stoops.
Team of Rivals
Team of Rivals
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago.
That's Not in My American History Book
That's Not in My American History Book
by Thomas Ayres

Most people don't know that: Benjamin Franklin almost killed himself trying to electrocute a turkey; the Wright brothers were not the first to fly an airplane; there was a 14th state that the original 13 wouldn't let join the Union...
They Made America
They Made America
by Harold Evans

There has never been a history of America like Harold Evans's long-awaited They Made America....
To America
To America
by Stephen Ambrose

Reflecting on his career, Stephen E. Ambrose - one of the country's most influential historians - confronts America's failures and struggles as he explores both its moral and pragmatic triumphs...
U.S. Presidents Podcast
U.S. Presidents Podcast

LearnOutLoud.com presents the U.S. Presidents Podcast. Each episode will provide a brief biographical portrait of each president, explore the eras in which they led the country, and access the historical significance they hold for us today.

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