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Colonial Period (1600-1775)

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  • The Road to Black Ned?s Forgeby Turk McCleskey

    University of Virginia Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    In 1752 an enslaved Pennsylvania ironworker named Ned purchased his freedom and moved to Virginia on the upper James River. Taking the name Edward Tarr, he became the first free black landowner west of the Blue Ridge. Tarr established a blacksmith shop on the Great Wagon Road from Philadelphia to the Carolinas and helped found a Presbyterian congregation... more...

  • Point Pleasant 1774by John F. Winkler; Peter Dennis

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 15.95

    The only major conflict of Lord Dunmore?s War, the battle of Point Pleasant was fought between Virginian militia and American Indians from the Shawnee and Mingo tribes. Following increased tensions and a series of incidents between the American settlers and the natives, Dunmore, the last colonial governor of Virginia, and Colonel Andrew Lewis... more...

  • The Witchesby Stacy Schiff

    Little, Brown and Company 2015; Not Available

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra , the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials. It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man... more...

  • The American Revolution: Writings from the Pamphlet Debate 1764-1772by Various; Gordon S. Wood

    Library of America 2016; US$ 37.50

    For the 250th anniversary of the start of the American Revolution, acclaimed historian Gordon S. Wood presents a landmark collection of British and American pamphlets from the political debate that divided an empire and created a nation : In 1764, in the wake of its triumph in the Seven Years War, Great Britain possessed the largest and most powerful... more...

  • The American Revolution: Writings from the Pamphlet Debate 1773-1776by Various; Gordon S. Wood

    Library of America 2016; US$ 37.50

    For the 250th anniversary of the start of the American Revolution, acclaimed historian Gordon S. Wood presents a landmark collection of British and American pamphlets from the political debate that divided an empire and created a nation: In 1764, in the wake of its triumph in the Seven Years War, Great Britain possessed the largest and most powerful... more...

  • On Witchcraftby Cotton Mather

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 16.95

    In this fascinating account of witches and devils in colonial America, the renowned and influential minister of Boston's Old North Church attempts to justify his role in the Salem witch trials. A true believer in the devil's battle to get converts in Salem and other Massachusetts towns during the late seventeenth century, Mather also believed the... more...

  • The Colonial Craftsmanby Carl Bridenbaugh

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 19.95

    Excellent study by distinguished historian examines lives and work of American craftsmen in the years before the Revolution?cabinetmakers, silversmiths, pewterers, printers, painters, engravers, blacksmiths, button-makers, shipwrights, many more. ". . . a fascinating study not only of the work of the 18th-century American artisan but of his place... more...

  • The American Family in the Colonial Periodby Arthur W. Calhoun

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 19.95

    First published in the early 20th century, this book contributed significantly to an understanding of the forces at work in the evolution of family institutions in the United States. The first of a three-volume series, the text describes the American family as a product primarily of European folkways, economic transition to modern capitalism, and... more...

  • Home Life in Colonial Daysby Alice Morse Earle

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 11.95

    Could you identify a sausage gun if you had to? How about a plate warmer or a well-sweep? Any idea how the term log-rolling really originated? Alice Morse Earle (1851?1911), a prolific popular historian and the first American to chronicle everyday life and customs of the colonial era, describes what these and many other obscure utensils were and... more...

  • The Pirates of the New England Coast 1630-1730by George Francis Dow; John Henry Edmonds

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 19.95

    Meticulously researched study based on authentic documents recounts lurid exploits, punishments of such hardened maritime brigands as William Kidd, Charles Harris, Thomas Tew, John Phillips, other marauders. Enhanced with almost 50 contemporary engravings and rare maps. Introduction by Captain Ernest H. Pentecost. more...