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  • A Basic History of the United States, Vol. 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Clarence B. Carson
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
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    This first volume covers our heritage, our links to England, how the colonies grew, the mighty force of religion in early America, and the oppression felt by the colonists. It describes why our ancestors fought for their beliefs, and their efforts to create a government limited in scope by checks and balances so that it would not have the power to oppress the people.

    Nina says: "The Colonial Experience"
    "Excellent for Students of American History"
    Overall

    Clarence B. Carson delivers an excellent general overview of American history in six volumes without getting caught up in the naturalism and statism of our modern times. He presents history as something that we can learn from and use to guide us in the future. He manages to rise above the cacophony and emotions of present day and give a balanced perspective of our nation's history. He is a voice of liberty and shows clearly how the idea of liberty has eroded into collectivism. But he also avoids deifying the Founders and presents the very real tensions that have existed from the beginning.

    If you have accepted the premises of philosophical naturalism and believe that "history is bunk", then this series is probably not for you. But if you are desiring to gain a deeper understanding on the historical American way of thinking and still believe in the "American Experiment", then this series is sure to satisfy.

    The various charts and timelines scattered throughout all the volumes can be a bit tedious for the audio book format and having a paper copy on hand is highly recommended. But the series is still well worth the listen.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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