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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

by Charles C. Mann

From the author of 1491—the best-selling study of the pre-Columbian Americas—a deeply engaging new history of the most momentous biological event since the death of the dinosaurs.

More than 200 million years...


La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West

by Francis Parkman

René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle (1643-1687), one of the most legendary explorers of the New World, is best known for claiming the entire Louisiana Territory for France in 1682. Two years later, he was given...


American Indian Politics and the American Political System

by David E. Wilkins

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

by David La Vere

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...


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

by Julie Winch

Between Slavery and Freedom explores one of the central ironies of racial dynamics in this nation’s history from the colonial era to the end of the Civil War.


The Legacy of Fort William Henry: Resurrecting the Past

by David R. Starbuck

A new set of stories about the fabled Fort William Henry, based on forensics and archeological finds


Folded Selves: Colonial New England Writing in the World System

by Michelle Burnham

A new evaluation of New England’s literature of dissent in works by early English settlers in America


Thomas Jefferson, from Boy to Man: 1743-1774

by Jayne D'Alessandro-Cox

"Your story illustrates Jefferson's early interactions with his family, friends, and mentors, and all are woven together to flesh out a little-known story in history. The result is remarkable; A compelling read...


Monarchism in America

by William B. B. Moody

Great Britain's American colonies thrived for more than 150 years under a limited monarchial form of government. When the United States gained its independence, all the major nations of the world were monarchies....


We Came Naked and Barefoot: The Journey of Cabeza de Vaca Across North America

by Alex D. Krieger, Margery H. Krieger & Thomas R. Hester

Perhaps no one has ever been such a survivor as álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca. Member of a 600-man expedition sent out from Spain to colonize "La Florida" in 1527, he survived a failed exploration of the west...


Salvation in New England: Selections from the Sermons of the First Preachers

by Phyllis M. Jones & Nicholas R. Jones

The sermon as crafted by the early New England preachers was the most prominent literary form of its day, yet the earliest Puritan texts have as a rule been available only in rare-book collections. This anthology...


Founding Finance: How Debt, Speculation, Foreclosures, Protests, and Crackdowns Made Us a Nation

by William Hogeland

Recent movements such as the Tea Party and anti-tax "constitutional conservatism" lay claim to the finance and taxation ideas of America's founders, but how much do we really know about the dramatic clashes...


George Washington's First War: His Early Military Adventures

by David A. Clary

Renowned historian David A. Clary studies George Washington’s early military career as a young colonel during the French and Indian War, and how those campaigns influenced his leadership and strategy as a...


Encounters at the Heart of the World

by Elizabeth A. Fenn

A book that radically changes our understanding of North America before and after the arrival of Europeans

Encounters at the Heart of the World concerns the Mandan Indians, iconic Plains people whose teeming,...


Stagecoach: Wells Fargo and the American West

by Philip L. Fradkin

Sweeping in scope, as revealing of an era as it is of a company, Stagecoach is the epic story of Wells Fargo and the American West, by award-winning writer Philip L. Fradkin.

The trail of Wells Fargo runs through...


Journey to the Sun: Junipero Serra's Dream and the Founding of California

by Gregory Orfalea

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...


Jefferson's Demons: Portrait of a Restless Mind

by Michael Knox Beran

"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...


Glory, Passion, and Principle

by Melissa Lukeman Bohrer

The heroism of the females of the American Revolution has gone from memory with the generation that witnessed it, and nothing, absolutely nothing, remains upon the ear of the young of the present day. -- Charles...


Sons of Providence

by Charles Rappleye

In 1774, as the new world simmered with tensions that would lead to the violent birth of a new nation, two Rhode Island brothers were heading toward their own war over the issue that haunts America to this day:...


The Pueblo Revolt: The Secret Rebellion That Drove the Spaniards Out of the Southwest

by David Roberts

With the conquest of New Mexico in 1598, Spanish governors, soldiers, and missionaries began their brutal subjugation of the Pueblo Indians in what is today the Southwestern United States. This oppression continued...