Mayflower Lives: Pilgrims in a New World and the Early American Experience [Audiobook]

Mayflower Lives: Pilgrims in a New World and the Early American Experience [Audiobook]
Mayflower Lives: Pilgrims in a New World and the Early American Experience [Audiobook] by Martyn Whittock, read by James Cameron Stewart
2019 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 11h 59m | 659.3MB

Leading into the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower, Martyn Whittock examines the lives of the "saints" (members of the Separatist Puritan congregations) and "strangers" (economic migrants) on the original ship. Collectively, these people would become known to history as "the Pilgrims".

The story of the Pilgrims has taken on a life of its own as one of our founding national myths - their escape from religious persecution, the dangerous transatlantic journey, that brutal first winter. Throughout the narrative, we meet characters already familiar to us through Thanksgiving folklore - Captain Jones, Myles Standish, and Tisquantum (Squanto) - as well as new ones.

There is Mary Chilton, the first woman to set foot on shore, and asylum seeker William Bradford. We meet fur trapper John Howland and little Mary More, who was brought as an indentured servant. Then there is Stephen Hopkins, who had already survived one shipwreck and was the only Mayflower passenger with any prior American experience. Decidedly un-Puritanical, he kept a tavern and was frequently chastised for allowing drinking on Sundays.

Epic and intimate, Mayflower Lives is a rich and rewarding audiobook that promises to enthrall anyone with an interest in early American history.

Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil [Audiobook]

Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil [Audiobook]
Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil [Audiobook] by Susan Neiman, read by Christa Lewis
2019 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 20h 6m | 1.07GB

In the wake of white nationalist attacks, the ongoing debate over reparations, and the controversy surrounding Confederate monuments and the contested memories they evoke, Susan Neiman's Learning from the Germans delivers an urgently needed perspective on how a country can come to terms with its historical wrongdoings. Neiman is a white woman who came of age in the civil rights-era South and a Jewish woman who has spent much of her adult life in Berlin. Working from this unique perspective, she combines philosophical reflection, personal stories, and interviews with both Americans and Germans who are grappling with the evils of their own national histories.

Through discussions with Germans, including Jan Philipp Reemtsma, who created the breakthrough Crimes of the Wehrmacht exhibit, and Friedrich Schorlemmer, the East German dissident preacher, Neiman tells the story of the long and difficult path Germans have faced in their effort to atone for the crimes of the Holocaust. In the United States, she interviews James Meredith about his battle for equality in Mississippi and Bryan Stevenson about his monument to the victims of lynching, as well as lesser-known social justice activists in the South, to provide a compelling picture of the work contemporary Americans are doing to confront our violent history.

The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna [Audiobook]

The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna [Audiobook]
The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna [Audiobook] by Mira Ptacin, read by Chloe Cannon
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9h 7m | 250.51MB

A young writer travels to Maine to tell the unusual story of America's longest-running camp devoted to mysticism and the world beyond.

They believed they would live forever. So begins Mira Ptacin's haunting account of the women of Camp Etna - an otherworldly community in the woods of Maine that has, since 1876, played host to generations of Spiritualists and mediums dedicated to preserving the links between the mortal realm and the afterlife. Beginning her narrative in 1848 with two sisters who claimed they could speak to the dead, Ptacin reveals how Spiritualism first blossomed into a national practice during the Civil War, yet continues - even thrives - to this very day. Immersing herself in this community and its practices - from ghost hunting to releasing trapped spirits to water witching - Ptacin sheds new light on our ongoing struggle with faith, uncertainty, and mortality. Blending memoir, ethnography, and investigative reportage, The In-Betweens offers a vital portrait of Camp Etna and its enduring hold on a modern culture that remains as starved for a deeper sense of connection and otherworldliness as ever.

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