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The Settlers' Empire: Colonialism and State Formation in America's Old Northwest

by Bethel Saler University of Pennsylvania Press (October 29, 2014)

The Settlers' Empire examines the peculiar status of the young United States as a postcolonial republic with its own domestic empire by looking at where these dual political responsibilities inevitably collided—in...

Lenape Country: Delaware Valley Society Before William Penn

by Jean R. Soderlund University of Pennsylvania Press (October 21, 2014)

Lenape Country is a sweeping narrative history of Lenape Indian encounters with European settlers in the Delaware Valley in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

The Life of Benjamin Franklin, Volume 3: Soldier, Scientist, and Politician, 1748-1757

by J. A. Leo Lemay University of Pennsylvania Press (October 01, 2014)

Volume 3 of the acclaimed biography narrates Franklin's growth from printer to public-spirited politician, soldier, and patriot.

The Forty Years that Created America: The Story of the Explorers, Promoters, Investors, and Settlers Who Founded the First English Colonies

by Edward M. Lamont Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 03, 2014)

In this book, author Ted Lamont asks us to reconsider our country’s formative years, and explore the stories, lives, achievements, and failures of America’s earliest founding fathers: those who paved the...

The Puritans: A Sourcebook of Their Writings

by Perry Miller & Thomas H. Johnson Dover Publications (September 22, 2014)

Critically acclaimed classic lets Puritans speak for themselves in crucial documents covering history, theory of state and society, religion, customs, behavior, biographies and letters, poetry, literary theory,...

The Lost Rocks: The Dare Stones and the Unsolved Mystery of Sir Walter Raleigh's Lost Colony

by David La Vere Burnt Mill Press (February 21, 2013)

What if the 1587 Lost Colony of Roanoke was not lost? What if the survivors left Roanoke Island, North Carolina and found their way to Georgia? That is the scenario scholars contemplated when a series of engraved...

New World Orders: Violence, Sanction, and Authority in the Colonial Americas

by John Smolenski & Thomas J. Humphrey University of Pennsylvania Press (October 09, 2013)

New World Orders juxtaposes case studies from Brazil to California to New York to explore the wide variety of legal and extralegal means by which social order was maintained in the early Americas.

Band of Giants

by Jack Kelly St. Martin's Press (September 08, 2014)

Band of Giants brings to life the founders who fought for our independence in the Revolutionary War. Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin are known to all; men like Morgan, Greene, and Wayne are less familiar. Yet...

Between Slavery and Freedom: Free People of Color in America From Settlement to the Civil War

by Julie Winch, Jacqueline M. Moore & Nina Mjagkij Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 04, 2014)

In Between Slavery and Freedom, Julie Winch explores the complex world of those people of African birth or descent who occupied the “borderlands” between slavery and freedom in the 350 years from the founding...

Benjamin Franklin's Intellectual World

by Matthew S. Holland, Paul E. Kerry, Jerry Weinberger & Lorraine Smith Pangle et al. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (December 27, 2012)

The essays in this volume explore how Franklin's political and philosophical thinking was informed, while examining the deep appeal that Franklin has had on generation after generation of Americans.

Encounters at the Heart of the World

Pulitzer Prize for History 2015

by Elizabeth A. Fenn Hill and Wang (March 10, 2014)

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for History

Encounters at the Heart of the World concerns the Mandan Indians, iconic Plains people whose teeming, busy towns on the upper Missouri River were for centuries at...

Race and the Early Republic: Racial Consciousness and Nation-Building in the Early Republic

by James Brewer Stewart, Michael A. Morrison, Daniel K. Richter & Lois E. Horton et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 01, 2001)

By 1840, American politics was a paradox-unprecedented freedom and equality for men of European descent, and the simultaneous isolation and degradation of people of African and Native American descent. Historians...

Subjects unto the Same King: Indians, English, and the Contest for Authority in Colonial New England

by Jenny Hale Pulsipher University of Pennsylvania Press (January 14, 2014)

"Subjects Unto the Same King offers a comprehensive survey of the structure and functionality of authority within and between cultures in seventeenth-century New England."—William and Mary Quarterly

The American Family in the Colonial Period

by Arthur W. Calhoun Dover Publications (December 20, 2012)

This complete, fundamental, and authoritative classic — the result of years of research, analysis, and thought — describes the American family as a product of many factors, among them, the distinctive environment:...

The First American Cookbook: A Facsimile of "American Cookery," 1796

by Amelia Simmons Dover Publications (August 29, 2013)

Exact reproduction of the first American-written cookbook published in the United States. Authentic recipes for colonial favorites — pumpkin pudding, winter squash pudding, spruce beer, Indian slapjacks, and...

Letters from an American Farmer

by J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur Dover Publications (September 18, 2012)

18th-century classic detailing seafaring life in New England and plantation culture in the South also provided Old World readers with first major impressions of American landscapes, people, and institutions....

The Colonial Craftsman

by Carl Bridenbaugh Dover Publications (April 06, 2012)

Excellent study examines lives and work of American cabinetmakers, silversmiths, pewterers, printers, painters, blacksmiths, many other artisans, before 1775. Work, home, school, play, much more. ". . . fascinating...

The Pirates of the New England Coast 1630-1730

by George Francis Dow & John Henry Edmonds Dover Publications (March 29, 2012)

Meticulously researched study recounts lurid exploits, punishments of William Kidd, Charles Harris, Thomas Tew, John Phillips, other marauders. Enhanced with almost 50 contemporary engravings and rare maps....

Child Life in Colonial Times

by Alice Morse Earle Dover Publications (April 26, 2012)

A pioneering historian chronicles the everyday details of growing up in Colonial America in this engaging classic. Meticulously researched, it paints a vivid picture of infancy, toys, schooling, and more. 128...

Memoir of a Revolutionary Soldier: The Narrative of Joseph Plumb Martin

by Joseph Plumb Martin Dover Publications (February 14, 2012)

A wide-eyed teenager during much of the Revolutionary War, Martin recounts in grim detail his harrowing confrontations with gnawing hunger, bitter cold, and the fear of battle.

Of Plymouth Plantation

by William Bradford Dover Publications (February 08, 2012)

The most important source of information about Plymouth, this landmark account was written by the colony's governor. It vividly documents the Pilgrims' transatlantic crossing and early days in the settlement....

Journey to the Sun

by Gregory Orfalea Scribner (January 14, 2014)

The fascinating narrative of the remarkable life of Junípero Serra, the intrepid priest who led Spain and the Catholic Church into California in the 1700s and became a key figure in the making of the American...

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

by Benjamin Franklin Dover Publications (February 02, 2012)

Charming self-portrait covers boyhood, work as a printer, political career, scientific experiments, much more. Its openness, honesty, and readable style have made the Autobiography one of the great classics...

Jefferson's Demons

by Michael Knox Beran Free Press (May 11, 2010)

"I have often wondered for what good end the sensations of Grief could be intended."

-- Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson suffered during his life from periodic bouts of dejection and despair, shadowed intervals...

Seasons of Misery: Catastrophe and Colonial Settlement in Early America

by Kathleen Donegan University of Pennsylvania Press (October 09, 2013)

Seasons of Misery offers a boldly original account of early English settlement in American by placing catastrophe and crisis at the center of the story. Donegan argues that the constant state of suffering and...

Louisiana: Crossroads of the Atlantic World

by Cécile Vidal University of Pennsylvania Press (October 09, 2013)

Louisiana: Crossroads of the Atlantic World offers an exceptional collaboration between American, Canadian, and European historians who explore the many ways and means of colonial Louisiana's relations with...

Sea Venture

by Kieran Doherty St. Martin's Press (September 09, 2013)

In one of the most triumphant high sea stories ever told, Kieran Doherty brings to life the true story of the ship that rescued the Jamestown settlement in 1610 and ensured England's place in the New World....


by Lee Miller Arcade (January 01, 2012)

November 1587. A report reaches London that Sir Walter Raleigh?s expedition, which left England months before to land the first English settlers in America, has foundered. On Roanoke Island, off the coast of...

Roots of the Republic: American Founding Documents Interpreted

by Stephen L. Schechter, Ralph Ketcham, Leo Hershkowitz & John P. Kaminski et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 01, 1991)

Noted historians focus on the most important documents of America's colonial and revolutionary past. From the Mayflower Compact to the Bill of Rights, each document is presented in its original text and placed...

Era of Persuasion: American Thought and Culture, 1521-1680

by E. Brooks Holifield Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 04, 2004)

The book explores the cultural and intellectual worlds of the hustling promoters, battling historians, Catholic missionaries, Native American ritual specialists, learned theologians, religious dissenters, magistrates,...

Clash of Cultures

by Brian M. Fagan AltaMira Press (November 26, 1997)

In Europe it was called the Age of Discovery. To the rest of the world, it often meant slavery, epidemic disease, cultural genocide, and wholesale social and economic changes. What happened in the period when...

The Hammered Dulcimer: A History

by Paul M. Gifford Scarecrow Press (June 13, 2001)

This book offers a discussion of the medieval origins of the dulcimer and its subsequent spread to other parts of the world. Special attention is paid to the North American tradition from the early 18th-century...

New Netherland and the Dutch Origins of American Religious Liberty

by Evan Haefeli University of Pennsylvania Press (April 08, 2013)

Evan Haefeli demonstrates how convoluted and uncertain were the beginnings of religious tolerance in America, by giving them an international context.

A Fever in Salem: A New Interpretation of the New England Witch Trials

by Laurie Winn Carlson Ivan R. Dee (July 20, 1999)

Laurie Winn Carlson offers an innovative explanation for the madness behind the Salem Witch Trials.

American Artifacts of Personal Adornment, 1680-1820: A Guide to Identification and Interpretation

by Carolyn L. White Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 08, 2005)

The first comprehensive guide to identifying and interpreting items such as buttons, clasps, buckles, combs, and other items of personal adornment in early American museum collections and archaeological sites....

Cultures in Conflict: The Seven Years' War in North America

by Warren R. Hofstra, Eric Hinderaker, Jonathan R. Dull & Allan Greer et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 10, 2007)

Cultures in Conflict addresses the broad pattern of events that framed this conflict's causes, the intercultural dynamics of its conduct, and its profound impact on subsequent events—most notably the American...

The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege

by Marilynne K. Roach Taylor Trade Publishing (October 25, 2004)

Based on over twenty years of original archival research, this history unfolds a nearly day-by-day narrative of the Salem Witch Trials as the citizens of Salem experienced the outbreak of hysteria.

The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island

by Mac Griswold Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 01, 2013)

Mac Griswold's The Manor is the biography of a uniquely American place that has endured through wars great and small, through fortunes won and lost, through histories bright and sinister?and of the family that...

The French and Indian War

by Walter R. Borneman HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

In the summer of 1754, deep in the wilderness of western Pennsylvania, a very young George Washington suffered his first military defeat, and a centuries-old feud between Great Britain and France was rekindled....

Embodied History: The Lives of the Poor in Early Philadelphia

by Simon P. Newman University of Pennsylvania Press (March 01, 2013)

"A useful and readable account of the ways in which the poor were regulated by the emergent disciplinary power of the modern state."—William and Mary Quarterly

The Birth of America

by William R. Polk HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

In this provocative account of colonial America, William R. Polk explores the key events, individuals, and themes of this critical period. With vivid descriptions of the societies that people from Europe came...

Choosing Sides: Loyalists in Revolutionary America

by Ruma Chopra Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 16, 2013)

Choosing Sides: Loyalists in Revolutionary America shows us that America’s original colonies were not nearly as united behind the concept of forming free, independent states as our society’s collective memory...

A Voyage to Virginia in 1609: Two Narratives: Strachey's "True Reportory" and Jourdain's Discovery of the Bermudas

by Silvester Jourdain, William Strachey, Louis B. Wright & Alden T. Vaughan University of Virginia Press (May 17, 2013)

To celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, the University of Virginia Press reissues its first-ever publication. The volume's two accounts of the 1609 wreck of a Jamestown-bound ship offer a gripping sea adventure...

Trade, Land, Power: The Struggle for Eastern North America

by Daniel K. Richter University of Pennsylvania Press (April 24, 2013)

In this sweeping collection of essays, one of America's leading colonial historians reexamines struggles between Native peoples and Europeans in early America in terms of how each understood the material basis...

Abraham in Arms: War and Gender in Colonial New England

by Ann M. Little University of Pennsylvania Press (March 01, 2013)

In 1678, the Puritan minister Samuel Nowell preached a sermon he called "Abraham in Arms," in which he urged his listeners to remember that "Hence it is no wayes unbecoming a Christian to learn to be a Souldier."...

An Infinity of Nations: How the Native New World Shaped Early North America

by Michael Witgen University of Pennsylvania Press (November 29, 2011)

An Infinity of Nations tells the story of the indigenous peoples who ruled the western interior of North America, focusing in particular on the Great Lakes and Northern Great Plains.

Religion and Profit: Moravians in Early America

by Katherine Carte Engel University of Pennsylvania Press (March 26, 2013)

Catalysts in the birth of evangelicalism, the Moravians supported their religious projects through financial savvy, a distinctive communalism at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and transatlantic commercial networks....

Slavery in Colonial America, 1619-1776

by Betty Wood, Jacqueline M. Moore & Nina Mjagkij Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 11, 2005)

Distinguished scholar Betty Wood clearly explains the evolution of the transatlantic slave trade and compares the regional social and economic forces that affected the growth of slavery in early America. In...

Creating the British Atlantic: Essays on Transplantation, Adaptation, and Continuity

by Jack P. Greene University of Virginia Press (April 19, 2013)

Set mostly within an expansive British imperial and transatlantic framework, this new selection of writings from the renowned historian Jack P. Greene draws on themes he has been developing throughout his distinguished...

The Shame and the Sorrow: Dutch-Amerindian Encounters in New Netherland

by Donna Merwick University of Pennsylvania Press (March 01, 2013)

During the forty years of the Dutch presence in colonial America, their intrusion led to the betrayal of their own values and the betrayal of the indigenous peoples. They reaped the shame of reproaching themselves...