When gold was discovered at Sutter´s Mill on the American River, it completely transformed the territory of California. Hundreds of thousands of people sped to California by any means possible, and small cities sprung up to service their needs as they sought the precious metal. By 1850, California had become a state; it had also become a symbol of where the nation was going. Great fortunes were made by such memorable figures as John Fremont, Leland Stanford, and George Hearst; great fortunes were lost by those who are now along history´s wayside. The Gold Rush had a profound effect on the way Americans viewed their destinies, as the new get-rich-quick ethos prevailed over the old Puritan mores of hard work. H.W. Brands´ masterful narrative discloses the whole story. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Grover Gardner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bkot/000150de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the rip-roaring, true saga of the Comstock Lode, Dennis Drabelle skillfully brings to life silver-mining in the late-nineteenth-century American West. The immense wealth extracted from the Lode spurred the growth of San Francisco, and Virginia City, the hell-raising town that sprang up above the mines, was the inspiration for the TV series Bonanza. Innovations in Comstock mining - the use of underground ´´cubes” to avoid cave-ins and of elevators to bring ore to the surface - was adapted to make possible the modern skyscraper.The boom also accentuated less positive themes in American history. The growth of Virginia City brought ruthless treatment of Native Americans. The risks and expenses of deep mining lent themselves to stock-market manipulations and fraud on a grand scale. To opportunists such as William M. Stewart, a mining lawyer and future U.S. Senatorwith a tenuous grasp of ethics, the Comstock experience meant that the West belonged to the crafty and the strong. Perhaps the boom’s most lasting legacy, however, was the education it gave to a great American writer: Mark Twain. In Virginia City, the young journalist learned the value of plain but salty Western speech and saw how he might use the vivid reality of the frontier in the great books of his future. Full of colorful characters and get-rich-quick schemes, Mile-High Fever brings to light one of the least-known but most pivotal episodes in American history. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: C. James Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015123de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Grasshoppers in Summer examines the conflict between Native American plains tribes and the U.S. westward expansion from 1866 to 1876. It begins with the Fetterman massacre and negotiation of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868. That treaty ended Red Cloud´s war for control of the Bozeman Trail. President Ulysses S. Grant came to office a year later on a reform platform that included Indian peace policy. Relentless cultural, economic, political and religious pressure frustrated Grant´s effort to reform Indian policy. Military, railroad and mining interests conspired to destroy the Fort Laramie Treaty. That broken promise led to the drum beat of war. The plain tribe´s last great victory at Greasy Grass would win the bitter spoils of total defeat. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Gene Engene. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/001210de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Prostitution thrived in pioneer Colorado. Mining was the principal occupation and men outnumbered women more than twenty to one. Jan MacKell provides a detailed overview of the business between 1860 and 1930, focusing her research on the mining towns of Cripple Creek, Salida, Colorado City, and similar boomtown communities. She used census data, Sanborn maps, city directories, property records, marriage records, and court records to document and trace the movements of the women over the course of their careers, uncovering work histories, medical problems, and numerous relocations from town to town. She traces many to their graves, through years filled with abuse, disease, narcotics, and violence.The book is published by University of New Mexico Press. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Laura Jennings. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/012070de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Profiles famous figures like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Seth Bullock and Al Swearengen. ´´On Wednesday about 3 o´clock the report stated that J.B. Hickok (Wild Bill) was killed. On repairing to the hall of Nuttall and Mann, it was ascertained that the report was too true.´´ - The Black Hills Pioneer Space may be the final frontier, but no frontier has ever captured the American imagination like the Wild West, which still evokes images of dusty cowboys, outlaws, gunfights, gamblers, and barroom brawls over 100 years after the West was settled. A constant fixture in American pop culture, the 19th century American West continues to be vividly and colorful portrayed not just as a place but as a state of mind. In Charles River Editors´ Legends of the West series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America´s most famous frontier figures in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. The Wild West has made legends out of many men, but it also forged a lasting legacy for a few of the West´s most legendary towns, and alongside the city of Tombstone, Arizona, perhaps the most famous of them was Deadwood in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Deadwood owes its notoriety to some of the colorful people who called it home, and a recent critically acclaimed television series about the town that brought it to life for millions of modern viewers. In many ways, Deadwood fit all the stereotypes associated with the Old West. A mining town that sprung up quickly, it was a dusty place on the outskirts of civilization that brought together miners, cowboys, lawmen, saloons, gambling, brothels, and everything in between, creating an environment that was always colorful and occasionally fatal. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: David Zarbock. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/069804de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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