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From Jim Canning

Justin, whether you pursue a degree in History or not, completing the tasks on this libguide would be a good thing to do. Start filling yourself up. The audio books can be acquired at no cost through your local community library and its library network. Time to add to your inventory - while you still have the time. If you start to make progress on this list, I will add additional material upon request. Good luck. You should consider getting to know one or two members of the History faculty at URI.

A Journey into History

  1. Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans: The Foundations of Western Civilization, The Modern Scholar, Great Professors Teach You. Professor Timothy B. Shutt from Kenyon College. 14 lectures on 7 CDs. Thirty minutes per lecture. Listen to one lecture per day. Do not worry too much about absorbing every smidge of what he says. He is terrific. Great voice. Great pace. Lays out a high level scaffolding from which you can hang details as you move forward. Maybe you will come back and re-listen to it in a year or so. How did Professor Shutt become Professor Shutt? He unquestionably did the following three things -- read, spoke, and wrote. He probably read a good mix.
  2. To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian by Stephen Ambrose, CD Audiobook, 9 CDs, ~10 hours long.
  3. 1066 by Jenifer Paxton, audio book or you can readily get the paperback. Just 3 CDs long. 
  4. Six Months that Changed the World: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919, The Modern Scholar, Great Professors Teach You. Professor Margaret McMillan. ~8 hours. Audio Books. She is great. Lays it all out. Partially explains why the world today is in such a mess.

A Good Mix of Things to Things to Do

  1. Read The Illiad by Homer. With a copy of Edith Hamilton's Greek Mythology by your side. For me, it all starts here. Sometime thereafter, you should finish it off by reading The Odyssey by Homer.
  2. Read Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt. Historical fiction about the US Civil War. This is a 9th grade book. Not strenuous. Easy.
  3. Read/Browse through Joe Manning's website: http://morningsonmaplestreet.com.  Particularly the Lewis Hine Project. Joe Manning makes his own history by figuring out what happened to young people who worked in the mills circa 1900s. If you can attend one of his talks it would be worth it. I have had him speak at UMass Lowell for 4 consecutive years.
  4. Read or re-read Animal Farm by George Orwell.
  5. Read or listen to Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. This is a long book. After or before reading this you might consider reading or listening to Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin will take about 16 hours to move through. Gone With the Wind, I suspect, will be about a 50 hour commitment. In both cases, I suspect, once you start - you will get hooked and the time will fly right by.