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The Revenant - Some Incidents in the Life of Hugh Glass, a Hunter of the Missouri River

by Philip St. George Cooke

American pirate, frontiersman, fur trapper, fur trader, hunter, and explorer Hugh Glass (1780-1833) once made his way crawling and stumbling 200 miles (320 km) to Fort Kiowa, in South Dakota, after being abandoned...


American Indian Politics and the American Political System

by David E. Wilkins & Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark

Now in its third edition, American Indian Politics is the most comprehensive study written from a political science perspective that analyzes the structures and functions of indigenous governments (including...


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

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

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,...


Band of Giants

by Jack Kelly

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

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.

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.


Robert Love's Warnings: Searching for Strangers in Colonial Boston

by Cornelia H. Dayton & Sharon V. Salinger

Robert Love's Warnings follows the walks of one otherwise obscure townclerk, Robert Love, as he warned itinerants and sojourners to depart the town in fourteen days. Love's meticulous records reveal the complex...


Encounters at the Heart of the World

Pulitzer Prize for History 2015

by Elizabeth A. Fenn

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.

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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....


The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

by Benjamin Franklin

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...