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Read with your ears and listen with your heart. Travel through history with a compendium of history and its myriad voices....

streamZcast is a smart media publisher (no dead trees) creating alternative creative learning tools for a new media age. The studio team adds sfx (sound effects to you and I), music, song, and innovations to add drama, emphasis and, yes, fun - new alternative learning tools for adults, students and children alike.

This streamZcast compendium discusses five remarkable American writers - "Writers of Passage", writing of ordinary folks in a new frontier. Europeans and others inherit their cultures; young Americans had to build theirs almost literally from scratch.

All that means that the streamZcast compendium begins with John Filson. Though born in Pennsylvania, he wrote of the iconic Daniel Boone in the new territory of Kentucky (spelt Kentucke at that time). Then, rapidly on his heels, came the great romantic, James Fenimore Cooper - and American literary style was beginning. The world was to learn about their young but complicated nation. Then a long glimpse into the harrowing horrors of slavery through the eyes, experiences, words and oratory of Frederick Douglass, a man who bought his own freedom. Next, piloting up and down the mighty Mississippi, the mighty Mark Twain with his imaginary childhood friends, Huck, Tom, and Puddin' Head: America gains a significant sense of humour, the world smiles. Rounding out this Part 1 is Upton Sinclair. His work changed America in ways that affect his countrymen to this day.

Each of the streamZcast compendiums has in-studio conversations describing how the stories of history were researched and recorded; comprehensive bibliographies; and a list of companion eBookZ available from the Read with your ears, listen with your heart, listen to the future of history, with streamZcast. Sapere Aude (Latin for "Dare to Know").

©2011 Bill Goodwin/ Mark Woods (P)2011 Bill Goodwin/ Mark Woods

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