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The Forty Years that Created America

by Edward M. Lamont

The names “Jamestown” and “Plymouth” have become synonymous for most students of American history with “founding,” and “birth” – both of the American nation, and of freedom and democracy themselves....

Seasons of Misery

by Kathleen Donegan

The stories we tell of American beginnings typically emphasize colonial triumph in the face of adversity. But the early years of English settlement in America were characterized by catastrophe: starvation, disease,...

Era of Persuasion

by E. Brooks Holifield

Pre-eighteenth century America was a uniquely pragmatic, utopian society—a new world in which the expectations of a new beginning brought by explorers, traders, and settlers often conflicted violently the...

Clash of Cultures

by Brian M. Fagan

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

by Paul M. Gifford

The last quarter of the twentieth-century saw a renewed interest in the hammered dulcimer in the United States at the grassroots level as well as from elements of the Folk Revival. This book offers the reader...

New Netherland and the Dutch Origins of American Religious Liberty

by Evan Haefeli

The settlers of New Netherland were obligated to uphold religious toleration as a legal right by the Dutch Republic's founding document, the 1579 Union of Utrecht, which stated that "everyone shall remain free...

American Artifacts of Personal Adornment, 1680-1820

by Carolyn L. White

Bracelets, buckles, buttons, and beads. Clasps, combs, and chains. Items of personal adornment fill museum collections and are regularly uncovered in historical period archaeological excavations. But until the...

Embodied History

by Simon P. Newman

Offering a new view into the lives and experiences of plebeian men and women, and a provocative exploration of the history of the body itself, Embodied History approaches the bodies of the poor in early national...

Choosing Sides

by Ruma Chopra

Though scores of texts, films and stories have been told about the American Revolution from the perspectives of our Founding Fathers and their followers, comparatively little is known about those colonists who...

Constitutional Myths

by Ray Raphael

Americans on both sides of the aisle love to reference the Constitution as the ultimate source of truth. But which truth? What did the framers really have in mind? In a book that author R.B. Bernstein calls...

Abraham in Arms

by Ann M. Little

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

by Michael Witgen

An Infinity of Nations explores the formation and development of a Native New World in North America. Until the middle of the nineteenth century, indigenous peoples controlled the vast majority of the continent...

Religion and Profit

by Katherine Carte Engel

The Moravians, a Protestant sect founded in 1727 by Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf and based in Germany, were key players in the rise of international evangelicalism. In 1741, after planting communities...

A Companion to John Adams and John Quincy Adams

by David Waldstreicher

A Companion to John Adams and John Quincy Adams presents a collection of original historiographic essays contributed by leading historians that cover diverse aspects of the lives and politics of John and John...

The Shame and the Sorrow

by Donna Merwick

The Dutch, through the directors of the West India Company, purchased Manhattan Island in 1625. They had come to the New World as traders, not expecting to assume responsibility as the sovereign possessor of...

The Head in Edward Nugent's Hand

by Michael Leroy Oberg

Roanoke is part of the lore of early America, the colony that disappeared. Many Americans know of Sir Walter Ralegh's ill-fated expedition, but few know about the Algonquian peoples who were the island's inhabitants....

Fourteenth Colony

by Mike Bunn

The British colony of West Florida—which once stretched from the mighty Mississippi to the shallow bends of the Apalachicola and portions of what are now the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana—is...

Conscious Choice

by Robert Zimmerman

Robert Zubrin: "Zimmerman's ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says."

The human race...

The Course of God’s Providence

by Philippa Koch

Shows that a religious understanding of illness and health persisted well into post-Enlightenment early America

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the power of narrative during times of sickness and disease....

Seeking the Historical Cook

by Kay K. Moss

Seeking the Historical Cook is a guide to historical cooking methods from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century receipt (recipe) books and an examination of how those methods can be used in kitchens today. Designed...