True Stories from History and Biography

Nathaniel HAWTHORNE (1804 - 1864)

In writing this ponderous tome, the author's desire has been to describe the eminent characters and remarkable events of our annals, in such a form and style, that the YOUNG might make acquaintance with them of their own accord. For this purpose, while ostensibly relating the adventures of a Chair, he has endeavored to keep a distinct and unbroken thread of authentic history. The Chair is made to pass from one to another of those personages, of whom he thought it most desirable for the young reader to have vivid and familiar ideas, and whose lives and actions would best enable him to give picturesque sketches of the times. On its sturdy oaken legs, it trudges diligently from one scene to another, and seems always to thrust itself in the way, with most benign complacency, whenever a historical personage happens to be looking round for a seat. - Summary from Preface by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Genre(s): Children's Non-fiction, General

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface Susan Morin
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Play 01 Part 1, Chapter 1 Susan Morin
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Play 02 Part 1, Chapter 2 The Lady Arbella Susan Morin
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Play 03 Part 1, Chapter 3 The Red Cross Susan Morin
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Play 04 Part 1, Chapter 4 Susan Morin
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Play 05 Part 1, Chapter 5 Susan Morin
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Play 06 Part 1, Chapter 6 The Pine-tree Shillings Susan Morin
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Play 07 Part 1, Chapter 7 Susan Morin
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Play 08 Part 1, Chapter 8 The Indian Bible Susan Morin
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Play 09 Part 1, Chapter 9 Susan Morin
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Play 10 Part 1, Chapter 10 The Sunken Treasure Susan Morin
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Play 11 Part 1, Chapter 11 Susan Morin
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Play 12 Part 2 Chapter 1 Susan Morin
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Play 13 Part 2, Chapter 2 Susan Morin
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Play 14 Part 2, Chapter 3 The Old-fashioned School Susan Morin
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Play 15 Part 2, Chapter 4 Susan Morin
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Play 16 Part 2, Chapter 5 The Rejected Blessing Susan Morin
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Play 17 Part 2, Chapter 6 Susan Morin
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Play 18 Part 2, Chapter 7 The Provincial Muster Susan Morin
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Play 19 Part 2, Chapter 8 The Acadian Exiles Susan Morin
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Play 20 Part 2, Chapter 9 Susan Morin
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Play 21 Part 2, Chapter 10 Susan Morin
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Play 22 Part 3, Chapter 1 Susan Morin
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Play 23 Part 3, Chapter 2 Susan Morin
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Play 24 Part 3, Chapter 3 The Hutchinson Mob Susan Morin
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Play 25 Part 3, Chapter 4 Susan Morin
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Play 26 Part 3, Chapter 5 The Boston Massacre Susan Morin
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Play 27 Part 3, Chapter 6 Susan Morin
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Play 28 Part 3, Chapter 7 Susan Morin
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Play 29 Part 3, Chapter 8 Susan Morin
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Play 30 Part 3, Chapter 9 The Tory's Farewell Susan Morin
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Play 31 Part 3, Chapter 10 Susan Morin
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Play 32 Part 3, Chapter 11 Grandfather's Dream Susan Morin
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Play 33 Biographical Stories, Chapter 1 Susan Morin
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Play 34 Biographical Stories, Chapter 2 Benjamin West Susan Morin
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Play 35 Biographical Stories, Chapter 3 Sir Isaac Newton Susan Morin
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Play 36 Biographical Stories, Chapter 4 Samuel Johnson Susan Morin
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Play 37 Biographical Stories, Chapter 5 Samuel Johnson, continued Susan Morin
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Play 38 Biographical Stories, Chapter 6 Oliver Cromwell Susan Morin
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Play 39 Biographical Stories, Chapter 7 Benjamin Franklin Susan Morin
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Play 40 Biographical Stories, Chapter 8 Benjamin Franklin, continued Susan Morin
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Play 41 Biographical Stories, Chapter 9 Queen Christina Susan Morin
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