US History Audiobooks

The Constitution

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

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of The United States of America
27 minutes, 29 seconds
Unabridged Historical Document
1787

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America…”

Read by John Jennens.

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My Escape from Slavery

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

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by Frederick Douglass
36 minutes, 37 seconds
Unabridged Memoir / Essay
1881

Douglass

“In the first narrative of my experience in slavery, written nearly forty years ago, and in various writings since, I have given the public what I considered very good reasons for withholding the manner of my escape…” Frederick Douglass reveals the missing piece of his autobiography, in a tale that could not have been told without endangering others so long as slavery continued. Read by Alex Wilson.

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The Declaration of Independence

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

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of The United States of America
12 minutes, 35 seconds
Unabridged Historical Document
1776

The Declaration of Independence

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation…” The United States Declaration of Independence.

Read by Alex Wilson.

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Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.




 

The Gettysburg Address

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

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by Abraham Lincoln
2 minutes, 22 seconds
Unabridged Speech
1863

Lincoln

“Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the propisition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great Civil War…” Given by US President Abraham Lincoln on the battlefield November 19, 1863, after the hard-fought, casualty-ridden, and turning-point Civil War battle near Gettysburg, PA.

This speech is inscribed, along with Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Read by Alex Wilson.

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The Bill of Rights

Tuesday, December 21st, 2004

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the first ten amendments to The Constitution of The United States of America
4 minutes, 27 seconds
Unabridged Reading of a Historical Document
1789 / 1791

The ten original amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America–passed by Congress September 25,1789 and ratified December 15, 1791. This recording may be freely shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license.

Read by Alex Wilson.

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