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Lives of Poor Boys Who Became Famous

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(4 Sterne; 2 Bewertungen)

These characters have been chosen from various countries and from varied professions, that the youth who read this book may see that poverty is no barrier to success. It usually develops ambition, and nerves people to action. Life at best has much of struggle, and we need to be cheered and stimulated by the careers of those who have overcome obstacles.

If Lincoln and Garfield, both farmer-boys, could come to the Presidency, then there is a chance for other farmer-boys. If Ezra Cornell, a mechanic, could become the president of great telegraph companies, and leave millions to a university, then other mechanics can come to fame. If Sir Titus Salt, working and sorting wool in a factory at nineteen, could build one of the model towns of the world for his thousands of workingmen, then there is encouragement and inspiration for other toilers in factories. These lives show that without WORK and WILL no great things are achieved.

I have selected several characters because they were the centres of important historical epochs. With Garibaldi is necessarily told the story of Italian unity; with Garrison and Greeley, the fall of slavery; and with Lincoln and Sheridan, the battles of our Civil War. (Summary by Sarah K. Bolton) (9 hr 31 min)

Chapters

George Peabody

19:37

Read by Pamela Krantz

Bayard Taylor

22:19

Read by Mary Schneider

Captain James B. Eads

11:03

Read by Barry Eads

James Watt

21:30

Read by sid

Sir Josiah Mason

12:09

Read by Mike Pelton

Bernard Palissy

16:42

Read by Mike Pelton

Bertel Thorwaldsen

11:53

Read by Kristine Bekere

Wolfgang Mozart

14:12

Read by Elli

Samuel Johnson

10:34

Read by Kara Shallenberg

Oliver Goldsmith

10:54

Read by Lucretia B.

Michael Faraday

24:28

Read by Uday Sagar

Sir Henry Bessemer

16:27

Read by Rosie

Sir Titus Salt

9:27

Read by Pamela Krantz

Joseph Marie Jacquard

11:07

Read by Rosie

Horace Greeley

29:39

Read by Mark DeVol

William Lloyd Garrison

33:20

Read by Lucretia B.

Giuseppe Garibaldi

23:03

Read by Debra

Jean Paul Richter

29:16

Read by Mike Pelton

Leon Gambetta

22:09

Read by MaryAnn

David G. Farragut

24:27

Read by Debra

Ezra Cornell

21:49

Read by sid

Lieut.-General Sheridan

28:47

Read by Debra

Thomas Cole

21:21

Read by Ann Boulais

Ole Bull

26:59

Read by MaryAnn

Meissonier

15:30

Read by MaryAnn

Geo. W. Childs

15:36

Read by Jon Smith

Dwight L. Moody

27:45

Read by MaryAnn

Abraham Lincoln

39:10

Read by Barry Eads

Bewertungen

good stories

(3,5 Sterne)

Great readers except 4 of them. I don’t understand why LibriVox insists on using readers with extremely thick accents. I’m not racist, I just can’t understand them.