Tag: History

Yale and Slavery A History [Audiobook]


Free Download David W. Blight, Yale and Slavery Research Project – contributor, Peter Salovey – foreword, Simon Kerr (Narrator), "Yale and Slavery: A History"
English | ASIN: B0CTR695N8 | 2024 | MP3@64 kbps | ~17:31:00 | 496 MB
A comprehensive look at how slavery and resistance to it have shaped Yale University
Award-winning historian David W. Blight, with the Yale and Slavery Research Project, answers the call to investigate Yale University’s historical involvement with slavery, the slave trade, and abolition. This narrative history demonstrates the importance of slavery in the making of this renowned American institution of higher learning.

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The Struggle for Sea Power A Naval History of the American Revolution [Audiobook]


Free Download The Struggle for Sea Power: A Naval History of the American Revolution (Audiobook)
English | February 15, 2016 | ASIN: B01BKSTR7M | M4B@64 kbps | 15h 50m | 442 MB
Author: Sam Willis | Narrator: Derek Perkins
A fascinating naval perspective on one of the greatest of all historical conundrums: How did thirteen isolated colonies, which in 1775 began a war with Britain without a navy or an army, win their independence from the greatest naval and military power on earth?

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The Panic of 1792 The History and Legacy of America’s First Financial Crisis [Audiobook]


Free Download Charles River Editors, Daniel Houle (Narrator), "The Panic of 1792: The History and Legacy of America’s First Financial Crisis"
English | ASIN: B08TM2T5VJ | 2020 | MP3@64 kbps | ~01:32:00 | 44 MB
During the Revolution, relatively little consideration had been given to the role of the federal government in the new nation, and the precise role and authority of an overarching entity with responsibility for all states within the union was a major problem. Having fought against and defeated a distant government that imposed seemingly arbitrary rules on the colonies, many people were suspicious about the role of the federal government. The only federal institution during the war was the Continental Congress, which had little real power and was unable to levy taxes from individual states. When the Constitution was drafted in 1787 and George Washington became the first president six years after the end of the Revolutionary War, he immediately began the task of creating the new federal administration.
One of the most urgent tasks Washington faced was the establishment of a treasury to oversee the finances of America and regulate its currency. This was desperately needed, both because the banking sector barely existed and because America was completely and comprehensively out of money. Indeed, it faced the very real possibility of becoming bankrupt since the massive costs of the Revolution had required borrowing on a vast scale. Banks in Holland provided some of the money, but the bulk came from Britain’s great European rival, France. France provided loan after loan to the Continental Congress, and by the time the war ended, the interest alone on these loans was crippling. Congress could not tax states directly, instead relying on financial requisitions, but few of them were actually paid. The balance of trade was heavily biased in favor of imports, with gold leaving the country at an alarming rate. To overcome this, Congress simply printed more and more paper money, which quickly lost its value. As Thomas MacGraw put it, "The War of Independence not only impoverished the country but also left it burdened with the highest public debt it has ever experienced, measured against the income of its government".

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