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French and Indian War
(1755-1763)

> More Extensive Bibliography on the French & Indian War

Selected Books - Nonfiction

Anderson, Fred
Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766
E199.A59 2000
Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize in 2001, given annually by the Society of American Historians to the "best book on American history."
 
Anderson, Fred
The War that Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War
PENNA E199.A595 2005
This is a companion book to the PBS series above and a shortened version of the 900 page Crucible of War (above). More about it can be read in this New York Times Book Review.
 
Hoffman, Phillip W.
Simon Girty Turncoat Hero: The Most Hated Man on the Early American Frontier
PENNA F517.G52 H64 2009x
Simon Girty Turncoat Hero is a people's view of pre- and post-revolutionary frontier America as seen through the eyes of a frontiersman whose life spanned both white and red cultures. Kidnapped by the Indians at the age of 15 and adopted by the Senecas, he later helped the American Revolutionaries, then the British, and finally returned to help the Indians.
 
Ward, Matthew C.
Breaking the Backcountry: The Seven Years' War in Virginia and Pennsylvania, 1754-1765
PENNA E199.W236 2003, E199.W236 2003
While other histories of the war have focused on the large military campaigns along the Hudson and St. Lawrence Valleys, Matthew Ward describes the impetus, progress, and devastating effects of the war as it played out in the region where it began. He combines Indian history, social history, and military history to present a complete picture of the competing interests and struggles facing the people engaged in the conflict.
 
 

Books - Fiction

Cooper, James Fenimore
The Deerslayer, or, the First War-Path
Follows the adventures of the brave and bold frontiersman, Natty Bumpo. Check out the classic edition with pictures By N.C. Wyeth.
 
Cooper, James Fenimore
The Last of the Mohicans
In 1757, the third year of the French and Indian War, Hawkeye, a colonial scout, and his friends, Chingachkook, a chief of the Mohicans, and his son Uncas risk their lives to guide two English sisters through hostile territory and evade the evil Huron, Magua, who is determined to destroy them. This is a Classic.
 
Coyle, Harold
Savage Wilderness
From the bestselling author of "Look Away" and "Until the End" comes a sweeping historical saga about the pivotal years before the American Revolution. From the shores of Lake Champion to Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, the British and the French battle over the unclaimed territories of the West--and experience the fury and passion of war.
 
Swerling, Beverly
Shadowbrook: A Novel of Love, War, and the Birth of America
The author of "The City of Dreams" returns with a sweeping story of love and war set in 1754 America, an extraordinary time of turmoil and transformation. 2004
 
Kilian, Michael
Major Washington
During the period of 1753-1755, Washington grew from a young, awkward major in the fledgling militia to a powerful leader as Colonial America evolved into an important player in the world's first global conflict, the French and Indian War. 1998
 

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Films

The War That Made America
The War That Made America is a four-hour TV retelling of the French and Indian War produced by WQED and aired nationally on PBS in 2006. Much of the action depicted in the film actually occurred in Western Pennsylvania. Read more about the series in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
 

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Web Sites

  • War for Empire
    Visit, Learn, and Relive. This French & Indian War, 250th Anniversary Commemorative website was developed to encourage Americans to visit historical sites of the French and Indian War (1755-1763). Many of those sites are right here in Western Pennsylvania (Fort Pitt, Fort Ligonier, Bushy Run, and Fort Necessity). You can visit them by following Braddock's Road and Forbe's Road. You can also register to receive reports from the front lines of the French and Indian War as it happened from embedded journalist Phineus Cobb.
  • French and Indian War
    These resources from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Department include a bibliography covering topics in History, Personal Narratives & Journals, Art and Music, Music Scores - Compact Discs - Video & DVD, Fiction, Crafts, Cookery & Herb Lore, and Weapons & Militia.