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Revolution to the Civil War, 1775/1783-1861

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  • The American Invasion of Canadaby Pierre Berton

    Skyhorse Publishing 2012; US$ 16.95

    How could a nation of eight million fail to subdue a struggling British colony of 300,000? In this remarkable account of the war?s first year, Pierre Burton transforms history into an engrossing narrative that reads like a fast-paced novel. Drawing on memoirs, diaries, and official dispatches, the author gets inside the characters who fought the... more...

  • Twelve Years a Slaveby Solomon Northup

    HarperCollins Canada 2013; Not Available

    First published in 1853, Twelve Years a Slave is the narrative of Solomon Northup?s experience as a freeman sold into slavery, having spent twelve years in bondage before finally escaping. Northup?s memoir reveals unimaginable details, detailing the slave markets and horrors of life on a plantation from the perspective of a man who lived more than... more...

  • The Maroons of Prospect Bluff and Their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic Worldby Nathaniel Millett

    University Press of Florida 2013; US$ 74.95

    Nathaniel Millett examines how the Prospect Bluff maroons constructed their freedom, shedding light on the extent to which they could fight physically and intellectually to claim their rights. Millett considers the legacy of the Haitian Revolution, the growing influence of abolitionism, and the period?s changing interpretations of race, freedom, and... more...

  • Forgotten Warby Henry Reynolds

    University of New South Wales Press 2013; US$ 14.99

    Australia is dotted with memorials to soldiers who fought in wars overseas, but there are no official commemorations of the battles fought on Australian soil between Aborigines and white colonists. Delving into why it is more controversial to talk about the frontier war now than it was 100 years ago, Forgotten War continues the story told in Henry... more...

  • Revolutionary Medicineby Jeanne E. Abrams

    NYU Press 2013; US$ 69.00

    Before the advent of modern antibiotics, one’s life could be abruptly shattered by contagion and death, and debility from infectious diseases and epidemics was commonplace for early Americans, regardless of social status. Concerns over health affected the founding fathers and their families as it did slaves, merchants, immigrants, and everyone... more...

  • Residence Georgian Plantationby Frances Anne Kemble

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 15.99

    Fanny Kemble was one of the leading lights of the English theater in the nineteenth century. During a triumphant tour of America, she met and married a wealthy Philadelphian, Pierce Butler, part of whose fortune derived from his family?s vast cotton and rice plantation on the Sea Islands of Georgia. After their marriage, she spent several months (December... more...

  • The Education of George Washingtonby Austin Washington

    Regnery Publishing 2014; US$ 29.95

    George Washington—a man of honor, bravery and leadership. He is known as America?s first President, a great general, and a humble gentleman, but how did he become this man of stature? The Education of George Washington answers this question with a new discovery about his past and the surprising book that shaped him. Who better to unearth them... more...

  • Necessary Courageby Lowell J. Soike

    University of Iowa Press 2013; US$ 24.95

    During the 1850s and early 1860s, Iowa, the westernmost free state bordering a slave state, stood as a bulwark of antislavery sentiment while the decades-long struggle over slavery shifted westward. On its southern border lay Missouri, the northernmost slaveholding state. To its west was the Kansas-Nebraska Territory, where proslavery and antislavery... more...

  • Incident at the Otterville Stationby John Christgau

    UNP - Nebraska Paperback 2013; US$ 16.95

    While elated Northerners were celebrating victory at Gettysburg and toasting Abraham Lincoln as the Great Emancipator, Missourian Charles W. Walker was rousing his thirteen slaves in the dark of night. In defiance of a standing Union order prohibiting the transfer of slaves among states, he intended to ship his slaves by train to Kentucky, where... more...

  • Fleeing for Freedomby Willene Hendrick; George Hendrick

    Ivan R. Dee 2003; US$ 13.99

    Selected narratives from the two most important contemporary chroniclers of the Underground Railroad, Levi Coffin and William Still. Here are firsthand descriptions of the experiences of escaped slaves making their way to freedom in the North and in Canada in the years before the Civil War. "A colorful yet balanced portrait."?William L. Van Deburg. more...