The World’s Story Volume XII: The United States

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This is the twelfth volume of the 15-volume series of The World’s Story: a history of the World in story, song and art, edited by Eva March Tappan. Each book is a compilation of selections from prose literature, poetry and pictures and offers a comprehensive presentation of the world's history, art and culture, from the early times till the beginning of the 20th century. Part XII compiles stories about the early history of the United States, starting with the first explorators, the fights with the native Americans, the early settlers and culminating with the struggle for independence from the European leaders. - Summary by Sonia (17 hr 10 min)


Raising the first American flag, by E. Percy Moran, American artist, 1862, pain… 1:59 Read by Sonia
The United States Part I: Discovery: Historical note 1:32 Read by Sonia
The great voyage of Leif Ericson (1001), from the Sagas 10:26 Read by Piotr Nater
Columbus (1492), by Joaquin Miller 2:38 Read by Alan Mapstone
Verrazzano's letter to the king (1524) 14:28 Read by Piotr Nater
The United States Part II: Stories of the Spanish adventurers: Historical note 2:02 Read by Kristine Bekere
Ponce de Leon seeks the fountain of youth (1513), by Frederick A. Ober 10:49 Read by April6090
A Spanish peddler among the Indians (1528), by Cabeza de Vaca 13:40 Read by Piotr Nater
The story of John Ortiz (1528), by one of the companions of De Soto 9:02 Read by Rita Boutros
When De Soto met the princess (1541), by Theodore Irving 17:21 Read by Rita Boutros
The burial of De Soto in the Mississippi river (1542), by Theodore Irving 7:43 Read by Rita Boutros
The United States Part III: The cliff-dwellers of the Southwest: Historical note 1:23 Read by Tomas Peter
The seven cities of the wilderness, by John Fiske 6:32 Read by Piotr Nater
How the cliff-dwellers lived, by T. Mitchell Prudden 27:20 Read by April6090
How Little-Blue-Fox fooled the Coyote, a Pueblo folk-story retold by Charles F.… 8:57 Read by Sonrisa Jones
The storming of the sky-city (1599), by Charles F. Lummis 28:29 Read by Piotr Nater
The United States Part IV: The planting of the Southern colonies: Historical no… 2:41 Read by Kristine Bekere
The Huguenots in Florida (1562-1565), by George Bancroft 22:01 Read by Piotr Nater
The lost colonoy of Roanoke Island (1584-1587), by Robert Southey 10:57 Read by Availle
John Smith as a captive among the Indians (1607-1608), by Captain John Smith 13:08 Read by Jim Locke
Pocahontas and Captain John Smith, by F. C. Yohn, American artist, 1875, painti… 2:53 Read by Alan Mapstone
The arrival of ''the King's Maids'' (1620), by Mary Johnston 15:05 Read by Sonrisa Jones
Life on a Virginia plantation (seventeenth century), by Eva March Tappan 9:56 Read by Availle
The planting of the colony of Maryland, by Frank B. Mayer, American artist, pai… 2:48 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
How Oglethorpe saved Georgia from Spain (1743), by Cyrus Townsend Brady 22:45 Read by bellanelson875
The United States Part V: The settlement of New England: Historical note 2:12 Read by Kristine Bekere
When Gosnold came to Cuttyhunk (1602), by John Brereton 15:46 Read by April6090
The departure of the pilgrims from Holland, from an old Dutch painting, paintin… 2:41 Read by Alan Mapstone
The coming of the pilgrims (1620), by William Elliot Griffis 10:09 Read by Devorah Allen
The challenge of the rattlesnake skin (1621), by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 8:46 Read by Jim Locke
The graves of the pilgrims, by Henry Bacon, American artist, 1840, painting p. … 1:42 Read by Tomas Peter
Endicott and the red cross (1634), by Nathaniel Hawthorne 15:26 Read by Colleen McMahon
How Providence won its name (1636), by George Bancroft 9:41 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The Indian Bible (1661-1663), by Nathaniel Hawthorne 9:07 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Questions that the Indians asked John Eliot 2:01 Read by Sonia
The United States Part VI: New Netherland and Pennsylvania: Historical note 2:51 Read by Kristine Bekere
The first voyage up the Hudson river (1609), by John Fiske 7:19 Read by Kristine Bekere
How feudalism came to New Netherland (1630), by William Elliot Griffis 6:42 Read by Piotr Nater
Social life in New Netherland (seventeenth century), by William Elliot Griffis 13:02 Read by Availle
Wouter van Twiller, governor of New Netherland, by Washington Irving 11:42 Read by ToddHW
The edict of William the Testy, by George H. Boughton, British-American painter… 2:52 Read by Alan Mapstone
How New Amsterdam became New York (1664), by Washington Irving 22:55 Read by Jim Locke
William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania (1682), by Eva March Tappan 11:21 Read by BettyB
Penn's treaty with the Indians, by Benjamin West, American artist, 1738-1820, p… 2:42 Read by Monika M. C.
The United States Part VII: Stories of the Puritans: Historical note 2:27 Read by BettyB
Sunday in the New England colonies (seventeenth century), by Alice Morse Earle 20:12 Read by Jim Locke
Calling a minister three centuries ago (1652), by Eva March Tappan 6:26 Read by Devorah Allen
The king's missive (1661), by John Greenlead Whittier 4:38 Read by Alan Mapstone
How Connecticut saved her charter (1687), by W. H. Carpenter and T. S. Arthur 7:15 Read by Jim Locke
Sir William Phips, treasure-seeker and soldier (latter part of the seventeenth … 21:01 Read by Jim Locke
Were there witches in Salem ? (1692), by John Fiske 24:33 Read by Availle
The United States Part VIII: Wars with the red men: Historical note 2:40 Read by BettyB
The mysterious champion of Hadley (1675), by Sir Walter Scott 14:05 Read by Rita Boutros
The mysterious visitor at Hadley, by F. A. Chapman, painting p. 300 3:14 Read by Rita Boutros
The captivity of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson (1676), by herself 27:21 Read by April6090
The death of King Philip (1676), by Gideon H. Hollister 13:41 Read by Cliona Woodbyrne
The capture of Deerfield (1704), by Francis Parkman 13:21 Read by Jim Locke
The fight at Lovewell's Pond (1725), by Samuel Adams Drake 10:45 Read by Rita Boutros
The United States Part IX: The struggle for the West: Historical note 2:41 Read by BettyB
Why France claimed the Mississippi Valley, by James A. Garfield 9:37 Read by Availle
Washington's first commission (1753-54), by George Bancroft 8:05 Read by Jim Locke
Braddock's defeat (1755), by John Fiske 16:36 Read by Rita Boutros
When Israel Putnam was captured by the Indians, an incident of the French and I… 13:13 Read by Jim Locke
The conspiracy of Pontiac (1763-1765), by Mary Hartwell Catherwood 25:01 Read by Piotr Nater
The prisoner of Machilimackinac (1763), by Alexander Henry 17:36 Read by Jim Locke
The United States Part X: ''In good old colony times'': Historical note 2:16 Read by Kristine Bekere
Everyday life in the early colonies, by George Cary Eggleston 18:58 Read by Piotr Nater
Blackbeard, the last of the pirates (1718), by John Fiske 6:33 Read by Tomas Peter
Judge Sewall's courtship (1720), by Judge Samuel Sewall 9:50 Read by Jim Locke
An eighteenth-century voyage down the Hudson river, by James K. Paulding 12:26 Read by ToddHW
The dress of a little Boston girl in 1772, by Anna Green Winslow 5:05 Read by April6090
The United States Part XI: On the eve of the revolution: Historical note 2:02 Read by Kristine Bekere
Benjamin Franklin before the House of Commons (1766), by James Parton 22:40 Read by Parsa2020
The Boston massacre (1770), by Nathaniel Hawthorne 8:56 Read by Jim Locke
The Boston Tea-Party (1773), by John Fiske 19:48 Read by Availle
Patrick Henry delivering his celebrated oration, by Peter Frederick Rothermel, … 2:39 Read by Alan Mapstone
''Give me liberty, or give me death !'' (1775), by Patrick Henry 6:20 Read by Tomas Peter
The United States Part XII: From Lexington to Saratoga: Historical note 2:38 Read by BettyB
The first day of the revolution (1775), by Edward Everett Hale 23:36 Read by Jim Locke
Grandmother's story of Bunker-Hill battle (1775), as she saw it from the belfry… 12:56 Read by Alan Mapstone
When Washington took command (1775), by Henry Cabot Lodge 12:27 Read by BettyB
How Fort Moultrie was held for the colonies (1776), by George Bancroft 15:26 Read by Colleen McMahon
The defense of Fort Moultrie, by E. Percy Moran, American artist, 1862, paintin… 2:13 Read by Alan Mapstone
The Declaration of Independence (1776), by Thomas Wentworth Higginson 9:17 Read by April6090
Nathan Hale (1776), by Francis Miles Finch 4:02 Read by Alan Mapstone
How Lafayette came to America (1777), by Edward Everett 16:14 Read by Parsa2020
Why Cornwallis failed to ''bag the old fox'' (1777), by John Fiske 7:41 Read by April6090
The marching song of Stark's men (1777), by Edward Everett Hale 2:21 Read by Alan Mapstone
Burgoyne's surrender (1777), by John Fiske 16:57 Read by Jim Locke
The United States Part XIII: War in the West and on the ocean: Historical note 2:31 Read by Tomas Peter
How Daniel Boone saved Boonesborough (1775), by Charles C. B. Seymour 15:00 Read by Jim Locke
A campaign through the water (1778), by George Rogers Clark 20:43 Read by Kristine Bekere
How the women brought water to Bryan's station (1782), by Cyrus Townsend Brady 10:45 Read by Jim Locke
The first salute to the flag (1778), by Sarah Orne Jewett 7:55 Read by Jim Locke
John Paul Jones in the revolution (1775-1781), by Joel Tyler Headley 37:48 Read by Jim Locke
The fight between the Serapis and the Bon Homme Richard, by Walt Whitman, from … 2:05 Read by Sonia