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Fifty Years in Chains; or The Life of an American Slave

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Charles Ball


This is the story of Charles Ball, an American slave who was born in 1780 and remained a slave for fifty years thereafter. Ball told his sto…

Toussaint L’Ouverture: A Biography and Autobiography

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John Relly Beard


François-Dominique Toussaint L’Ouverture (1743-1803) rose to fame in 1791 during the Haitian struggle for independence. In this revol…

The Underground Railroad, Part 2

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William Still


"This is one of the most remarkable volumes of the century. Its publication has only been made possible by a combination of circumstanc…

Canyons of the Colorado

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John Wesley Powell


John Wesley Powell was a pioneer American explorer, ethnologist, and geologist in the 19th Century. In 1869 he set out to explore the Colora…

Selected Letters of Ludwig van Beethoven

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Ludwig Van Beethoven


A selection of Beethoven's letters from the compilation by Ludwig Ritter von Köchel (1800-1877) and Ludwig Nohl (1831-1885), and transl…

'Co. Aytch,' Maury Grays, First Tennessee Regiment or, A Side Show of the Big S…

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Sam R. Watkins


Samuel “Sam” Rush Watkins (June 26, 1839 – July 20, 1901) was a noted Confederate soldier during the American Civil War. He is known today f…

Recollections of Life in Ohio, from 1813-1840

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William Cooper Howells


Recollections of Life in Ohio is the autobiography of William Cooper Howells (1807-1894), father of the American novelist William Dean Howel…

A Lady's Life on a Farm in Manitoba

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Mary Georgiana Caroline Hall


In 1881, Mrs. Cecil Hall's brother went to Manitoba to farm. In 1882, she went out for a visit of some two months, and followed that visit w…

Mark Twain’s Journal Writings, Volume 2

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Mark Twain


This second collection of essays by Mark Twain is a good example of the diversity of subject matter about which he wrote. As with the essays…

Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatán, Vol. 2

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John Lloyd Stephens


The year is 1838. The scene is the dense Honduran forest along the Copán River. Two men, John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood…

The Letters of Mark Twain, Complete

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Mark Twain


These letters were arranged in two volumes by Albert Bigelow Paine, Samuel L. Clemens's literary executor, as a supplement to Mark Twain, A …

The Gold Hunters (Borthwick)

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John David Borthwick


This is a robust, rough and tumble, first-hand account of the early California gold rush years 1851-1854 by a Scottish adventurer and artist…

Days on the Road: Crossing the Plains in 1865

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Sarah Raymond Herndon


“We had spent almost all our money for toll, ferrying and other expenses on the road. It might be a serious matter to be in a strange place…

Some Rambling Notes of an Idle Excursion

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Mark Twain


Written for the Atlantic magazine in 1877, this is a collection of stories about a trip Mark Twain made with some friends to Bermuda. (Summa…

The Man-Eaters of Tsavo

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John Henry Patterson


In 1898, during the construction of river-crossing bridge for the Uganda Railway at the Tsavo River, as many as 135 railway workers were att…

Confessions, volumes 5 and 6

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau


"She was more to me than a sister, a mother, a friend, or even than a mistress, and for this very reason she was not a mistress; in a w…

My Southern Home or, The South and Its People

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William Wells Brown


William Wells Brown was born a slave, near Lexington, Kentucky. His mother, Elizabeth, was a slave; his father was a white man who never ack…

The Story of Cole Younger, by Himself

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Cole Younger


Autobiography of Cole Younger, American Civil War veteran and member of the Jesse James gang. Cole Younger was a member of Quantrill's Raide…

Boots and Saddles

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Elizabeth Bacon Custer


Elizabeth Custer has penned an engaging portrait of 1870’s life on a U.S. cavalry post in the Dakotas, just before her husband and his troop…

Memories of Childhood's Slavery Days

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Annie L. Burton


This is a short and simple, yet poignant autobiography of Annie Burton, who recounts her early carefree childhood as a slave on a southern p…

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