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U.S. Colonial History and Revolutionary War

Selected Books

Carp, Benjamin L.
Rebels Rising: Cities and the American Revolution
E209.C33 2007
The cities of eighteenth-century America packed together tens of thousands of colonists, who met each other in back rooms and plotted political tactics, debated the issues of the day in taverns, and mingled together on the wharves or in the streets. In this fascinating work, historian Benjamin L. Carp shows how these various urban meeting places provided the tinder and spark for the American Revolution. Carp focuses closely on political activity in colonial America's five most populous cities--in particular, he examines Boston's waterfront community, New York tavern-goers, Newport congregations, Charleston's elite patriarchy, and the common people who gathered outside Philadelphia's State House.
Children in Colonial America
Edited by James Marten
E162.C47 2007
Children in Colonial America examines childhood in the American colonies between the late sixteenth and late eighteenth centuries. The twelve original essays observe a diverse cross-section of children -— from indigenous peoples of the east coast and Mexico to Dutch-born children of the Plymouth colony and African-born offspring of slaves in the Caribbean —- and explore themes including parenting and childrearing practices, children's health and education, sibling relations, child abuse, mental health, gender, play, and rites of passage.
Eden, Trudy
The Early American Table: Food and Society in the New World
GT2853.U5 E34 2008
Only a few decades after the English colonized North America, the fertile land and abundant wildlife enabled lower and middling families to set their tables with a greater vaiety and higher quality of food than their social counterparts in England.
McCullough, David G.
E208.M396 2005
Two-time Pulitzer winner McCullough follows up his biography of John Adams with an examination of the year 1776 and all of its players.
McCullough, David G.
John Adams
E322.M38 2001
In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life-journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot -- "the colossus of independence," as Thomas Jefferson called him -- who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose to become the second President of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was learned beyond all but a few and regarded by some as "out of his senses"; and whose marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the moving love stories in American history.
Raphael, Ray
Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation
Raphael offers a history of the birth of our nation from 1760-1788 through the lives of seven people, some well-known, others obscure.


McCullough, David G.
John Adams
While our new nation was suffering attacks from both within and without, John Adams had a vision of a nation of liberty and justice for all. He guided his peers--General George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson--in setting the values and agenda for a glorious, free America. Adams and his wife Abigail refined these democratic ideals, and their partnership became one of the most moving love stories in American history. Originally broadcast on HBO as a seven-part mini-series in 2008 based on the book written by David McCullough.
The Patriot (2000)
A hero of the French and Indian conflict, Benjamin Martin had renounced fighting forever to raise his family in peace. However, when British troops arrive at his South Carolina home and endanger his family, he takes up arms alongside his idealistic patriot son, Gabriel. Starring Mel Gibson.
Thomas Jefferson
(DVD) E332.T425 2001x
This PBS documentary by Ken Burns profiles the third president of the U.S., Thomas Jefferson, examining his role in the founding of the nation and exploring the contradictions between his public and personal lives. Includes comments from historians, scholars, journalists, and Jefferson descendants.

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Web Sites

  • American Memory Project
    Online collections from the Library of Congress.
  • Coin and Currency Collections
    Coins and currency of Colonial and early America at the University of Notre Dame. This site includes photographs of both coin and currency as well as a description. Also includes examples of wampum beads used by the Native Americans for trade.
  • Colonial Williamsburg
    Links to the historic capital and to other history-related links.
  • DoHistory
    A site from the Film Study Center at Harvard University that encourages hands-on history, featuring the case of midwife Martha Ballard's diary.
  • The Freedom Trail (Boston)
    The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile long red line painted on Boston sidewalks in 1958, connecting 16 historic sites that played a role in the American fight for Independence. You can follow this trail online.
  • Historic Jamestowne
    Historic Jamestowne is the site of the first permanent English settlement in America. The site is jointly administered by the National Park Service and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation on behalf of Preservation Virginia.
  • Library of Congress: France in America
    Conceived in partnership with France’s national library, France in America is a bilingual digital library thatt explores the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the 16th century to the end of the 19th century.
  • Library of Congress: Spain, United States, & the American Frontier: Historias Paralelas
    The Parallel Histories pilot project examines the history of Spanish expansion into North America from Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas across the continent through Louisiana and Texas to the Southwest, California, and as far as Alaska. Created in conjunction with The National Library of Spain.
  • A Midwife's Tale (The American Experience)
    From the weekly (Mondays at 9 pm) TV series by WGBH (Boston) and PBS, hosted by David McCullough. "Martha Moore Ballard was born in 1735. She died in 1812. And that's about all that would be known of her life had she not kept a diary, something few woman did then. It's not known what she looked like. Nor did she figure ever in what are commonly thought of as historic events. There is only what she herself wrote with her quill pen steadily in a steady hand, day after day for twenty-seven years, never missing a day." Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Laurel Ulrich.
  • Plimoth Plantation
    Information about Plimoth Plantation, the living history museum of the seventeenth century in Plymouth, Massachusetts as well as resources on the Pilgrim Story, the history of Plymouth Colony (1620-1692), the Wampanoag Indians, and Thanksgiving.
  • Plymouth Colony Archive Project
    A collection of historical documents by Professor James Deetz from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Spy Letters of the American Revolution
    This online exhibit is based on spy letters from the Clements Library at the University of Michigan. The Gallery of Letters gives a brief description of each letter and links to more information about the stories of the spies in the letter or the secret methods used to make the letter.
  • Washington, George, the Papers of
    A collection from the Alderman Library at the University of Virginia.