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History - U.S.

BARD Magazines

  • American History. Audio.
  • Smithsonian. Audio.
  • True West. Audio.

NFB Newsline (Available in Audio, Refreshable Braille, On a Website)

  • Air and Space Smithsonian.
  • Smithsonian.

On the RTB

  • Past is Prologue, Mondays through Fridays @ 11 AM.
  • The Great North, Sundays @ 4 PM.


  • 1919: The Year that Changed America. Martin W. Sandler. Audio. Explores the major movements of 1919 that changed the country just as World War I came to an end: women's suffrage, the Red Summer and the Red Scare, and Prohibition. 2019 National Book Award.
  • The Last Gunfight: the real story of the shootout at the O.K. Corral and how it changed the American West. Jeff Guinn. Audio, Large Print. On October 26, 1881, in Tombstone, Arizona, eight men had a shootout at the O.K. Corral that shaped how we view the old West and making legends of Earp, Holliday, and the Clantons.
  • Spearhead: an American tank gunner, his enemy, and a collision of lives in world war II. Adam Makos. Audio. Recounts the harrowing experiences of Clarence Smoyer, an American tank gunner during World War II. Discusses the development of increasingly powerful tanks and Smoyer's role in spearheading attacks, including the fight for Cologne, Germany's "Fortress City."
  • The Only Plane in the Sky: an oral history of 9/11. Garrett M. Graff. Audio. An account of the 9/11 al-Qaeda terrorist attack on America through the voices of those experiencing it.
  • The Library Book. Susan Orlean. Audio, Large Print, Braille. Re-opens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in US history. On April 29, 1986, fire broke out at the Los Angeles Public Library and damaged more than a million books. Examines the evolution of public libraries while celebrating their value in society.
  • Minnesota, 1918: when flu, fire, and war ravaged the state. Curt Brown. Audio. In 1918, Minnesota and its residents were confronted with a series of devastating events. Explores this year through individual and community stories from all over the state, centers faced with the spread of a deadly and highly contagious disease, to soldiers returning home.
  • When All Hell Broke Loose: the story of how young Minnesota People coped with the November 11, 1940 Armistice Day storm, the worst blizzard to ever hit Minnesota. William Hull. Audio. November 11, 1940, Minnesotans were subjected to a storm which dumped more snow in a 24-hour period that any other time this century, claiming 59 lives. Here are the anecdotes by some of those who survived the storm.
  • Lincoln's Spies: their secret war to save a nation. Douglas C. Waller. Audio. An account of the secret battles waged by four secret agents for the North during the US Civil War. Profiles detective Allan Pinkerton, lawyer George Sharpe, Virginia heiress Elizabeth Van Lew, and Union officer Lafayette Baker.
  • The First Conspiracy: the secret plot against George Washington. Brad Meltzer. Audio, Large Print. An account of a treasonous plan by George Washington's bodyguards, working together with New York City mayor David Mathews and New York governor William Tryon, to kill Washington in the months leading up to the Revolutionary War.
  • Accessible America: a history of disability and design. Bess Williamson. Audio, Braille. A history of design in the U. S. that provides increased accessibility for those with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities. Also, the people and events that led to the Architectural Barriers Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • The Burglary: the discovery of J. Edgar Hoovers secret FBI. Betty Medsgar. Audio. An account of the 1971 break-in of the FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania, by a group of unlikely activists cites their roles in triggering major changes in the FBI and confirming that J. Edgar Hoover had run a personal shadow-FBI.
  • A Disability History of the United States. Kim E. Neilsen. Braille. Covers the entirety of U.S. disability history, from pre-1492 to the present. Disability is not just the story of someone we love or the story of whom we may become; rather it is undoubtedly the story of our nation.

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