Books about Life in Colonial America – Books on Colonization of America

Home and Child life in Colonial Days

Author: Earle, Alice Morse; Glubok, Sherley, ed.
MacMillan 1969 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“Abridged from Earle’s “Home Life in Colonial Days” (1898) and “Child Life in Colonial Days.”(1899). An illustrated, popular history of everyday life. U.S. history books.

Home Life in Colonial Days

Illustrated by Photographs gathered by the Author of ‘Real Things, Works and Happenings of Olden Times’

Author: Earle, Alice Morse
NY: Macmillan 1917 Dewey Dec. 973.2

Chapter headings are:
-Homes of the Colonists – The Light of other Days -The Kitchen Fireside -The Serving of Meals -Food from Forest and Sea -Indian Corn -Meat and Drink -Flax Culture and Spinning -Wool Culture and Spinning, with a Postscript on Cotton -Hand-Weaving -Girls’ Occupations -Dress of the Colonists -Jack-knife Industries -Travel, Transportation, and Taverns -Sunday in the Colonies -Colonial Neighborliness -Old-time Flower Gardens

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Explorers and Settlers: Historic Places Commemorating the Early Exploration and Settlement of the United States

Author: Ferris, Robert G., ed.
U.S. Dept. of Interior, National Park Service 1968 Dewey Dec. 973.91

This is a volume in the series, “The National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings”. This volume has two parts. The first offers a brief, narrative background for the period of early exploration and settlement. The second consists of evaluations and descriptions of historic sites and structures associated with the period. Over 250 such sites are profiled.

The Dutch and Quaker Colonies in America

– Volume 2

Author: Fiske, John
1889 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“The latest addition to Mr. John Fiske’s popular historical series is plainly marked by the well-known characteristics of its author — wide reading, affluence of interesting facts and ideas, firm grasp of materials, great literary skill, fondness for episodes, keen enjoyment of the picturesque, much ingenuity in hypothesis and explanation, proneness to generalization, ardent Americanism, and greater conformity to truth in the picture than in the single stroke.” – Lit. of American History (1902). Dutch colonies in America.

Contents: Volume 1. The Medieval Netherlands -Dutch Influence upon England -Verrazano and Hudson -The West India Company -“Privileges and Exemptions” -King Log and King Stork -A Soldier’s Paternal Rule -Some Affairs of New Amsterdam -Dutch and English
Volume II. The English Autocrats -New York in the Year 1680 -Penn’s Holy Experiment -Downfall of the Stuarts -The Citadel of America -Knickerbocker Society -The Quaker Commonwealth -The Migrations of Sects -Appendices. U.S. history books.

New France and New England

Author: Fiske, John
1904 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“A work which covers the period from the discovery to 1789. It treats of Canadian development, Salem witchcraft, Norridgewock and Louisburg, and the French and Indian war.” – A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Contents: From Cartier to Champlain -The Beginnings of Quebec -The Lords of Acadia. Later History of Champain -Wilderness and Empire -Witchcraft in Salem Village -The Great Awakening -Norridgewock and Louisburg -Beginnings of the Great War -Crown Point, Fort William Henry, and Ticonderoga -Louisburg, Fort Duquesne, and the Fall of Quebec

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Old Virginia and her Neighbours

– Volume 2

Author: Fiske, John
1897 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“Beginning with the movement which led to the colonization of Virginia, the author traces the settlement of the Southern colonies and their history until 1690. The materials used are well- known ” relations,” records, state histories and monographs, accessible in print. Secondary sources are not infrequently used where the originals were not difficult to procure. In the chapters on early Virginia the substantial accuracy of John Smith is warmly asserted. The cause of Virginia in its early controversy with Maryland is championed. The author writes in an interesting and popular style, but his treatment of the subject is unsystematic, and the work is not free from errors.” -Lit. of American History (1902)

Contents: Volume 1 The Sea Kings -A Discourse on Western Planting -The Land of the Powhatans -The Starving Time -Beginnings of a Commonwealth -A Seminary of Sedition -The Kingdom of Virginia -The Maryland Palatinate -Leah and Rachel

Volume 2 The Coming of the Cavaliers -Bacon’s Rebellion -William and Mary -Maryland’s Vicissitudes -Society in the Old Dominion -The Carolina Frontier -The Golden Age of Pirates -From Tidewater to the Mountains

American Archives: Fourth Series. Containing a Documentary History of the English Colonies in North America …

from the King’s message to Parliament, of March 7, 1774, to the Declaration of Independence by the United State [1774-1776]. 6 volumes

Author: Force, Peter, comp.
Washington: Government Printing Office(?) 1837-1846 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“American archives: consisting of a collection of authentick records, state papers, debates, and letters and other notices of publick affairs, the whole forming a documentary history of the origin and progress of the North American colonies; of the causes and accomplishment of the American Revolution; and of the Constitution of government for the United States, to the final ratification thereof”

Empires at War: The French and Indian War and the Struggle for North America, 1754-1763

Author: Fowler, William M.
Walker 2005 Dewey Dec. 973.2

On September 13, 1759, after a daring and unexpected ascent up a steep bluff, Wolfe’s English troops confronted Montcalm’s French troops and Canadian irregulars on the Plains of Abraham. The battle that followed determined Canada’s destiny, but it was only one of many confrontations on several continents in what historians consider the first global war. The central drama, the part of the conflict that took place in North America, has become known as the Seven Years’ War.
Empires at War captures the sweeping panorama of this first world war and the huge cast of characters who fought it. William Fowler’s narrative is adept at describing the battles and portraying the important players on all sides, incorporating the perspectives of the First Nations leaders and Canadian volunteers so critical to French initiatives throughout the war. Among the war’s many outcomes were the ceding of Quebec to Britain and the final destruction of Acadia. The war was also waged in Europe, the West Indies, Asia, India and Africa. Before it ended, nearly 1,000,000 men had died.

The Book of the Colonies : Comprising a History of the Colonies Composing the United States …

from the Discovery in the Tenth Century until the Commencement of the Revolutionary War. Compiled from the Best Authorities

Author: Frost, John
Hartford: Belknap and Hamersley 1849 Dewey Dec. 973.2

Provincial America 1690-1740 (American Nation, Vol. 6)

Greene, Evarts Boutell
1905 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“As a condensed account of a peculiarly difficult period, written in the light of modern historical scholarship, the volume is a commendable piece of work and a worthy addition to the series.” – Nation

Contents: i. England and the Colonies (1689) ii. Provincial Reorganization (1689-1692) iii. Extension of Imperial Control (1689-1713) iv. Administrative Control of the Provinces (1689-1713) Sr. Constitutional Tendencies in the Colonies (1689-1713) vi. Puritans and Anglicans (1689-1714) vii. French and English Interests in America (1689) viii. King William’s War (1689-1701) ix. Queen Anne’s War (1700-1709) x. Acadia and the Peace of Utrecht (1709-1713) xi. Imperial Policy and Administration (1714-1742) xii.. Provincial Politics (1714-1740) xiii. Provincial Leaders (1714-1740) xiv. Immigration and Expansion (1690-1740) xv. Founding of Georgia (i 732-1754) xvi. Provincial Industry (1690-1740) xvii. Provincial Commerce (1690-1740) xviii. Provincial Culture (1690-1740) xix. Critical Essay on Authorities

Sir William Johnson and the Six Nations

Griffis, William Elliot
NY: Dodd, Mead 1891 Dewey Dec. 973.2

Johnson (1715-1774) was the chief Indian agent for the colony of New York, and played a leading role in relations between the northern colonies and the Indians, particularly concerning the Six Nations of the Iroquois.

The American Colonial Mind and the Classical Tradition; Essays in Comparative Culture

Gummere, Richard M.
Harvard University 1963 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“This book is concerned with … the impact of Greek and Roman ideas on the lives and thoughts of the men who settled and colonized America from the Jamestown of 1607 to the establishment of the United States in 1789. For a clear understanding of these personalities and activities, it has seemed best to present their indebtedness in the form of essays, largely biographical …” – Preface

Contents: The classical background of the colonial mind – The Virginia argonauts – Novanglia: church, state, and the classics – Colonial reactions to a classical education – William Byrd and Samuel Sewall: two diarists in the ancient tradition – Colonies, ancient and modern – Logan, Franklin, Bartram: humanist, pragmatist, Platonist – The transatlantic muse – Jonathan Boucher, Toryissimus – The classical ancestry of the constitution – Epilogue: Adams and Jefferson – Reference matter. Life in Colonial America, non-fiction books about colonial America.

Narratives of Early Maryland, 1633-1684

Hall, Clayton Colman, ed.
Scribner’s Sons 1910 Dewey Dec. 973.2

A volume in the series “Original Narratives of Early American History”.

Contents:An account of the colony of the Lord Baron of Baltamore, 1633.–Instructions to the colonists by Lord Baltimore, 1633.–A briefe relation of the voyage unto Maryland, by Father Andrew White, 1634.–Extracts from a letter of Captain Thomas Yong to Sir Toby Matthew, 1634.–A relation of Maryland, 1635.–Extracts from the annual letters of the English province of the Society of Jesus, 1634, 1638, 1639, 1640, 1642, 1654, 1656, 1681.–Letter of Governor Leonard Calvert to Lord Baltimore, 1638.–The Lord Baltemore’s case, 1658.–Virginia and Maryland, or, The Lord Baltemore’s printed case uncased and answered, 1655.–Babylon’s fall, by Leonard Strong, 1655.–Refutation of Babylon’s fall, by John Langford, 1655.–Leah and Rachel, or, The two fruitful sisters, Virginia and Mary-land, by John Hammond, 1656.–Journal of the Dutch embassy to Maryland, by Augustine Herrman, 1659.–A character of the province of Maryland, by George Alsop, 1666.–From the journal of George Fox, 1672, 1673.–Reports of conferences between Lord Baltimore (Charles, third baron and second proprietary) and William Penn, and their agents, 1682, 1683, 1684.

The Fall of New France, 1755-1760

Hart, Gerald E.
Montreal: Drysdale 1888 Dewey Dec.

The French and Indian War, from the perspective of an English Canadian historian of the late 19th century.

Winthrop’s Journal, “History of New England”, 1630-1649, Vol. 1

Volume 2

Hosmer, James Kendall, ed.
Scribner’s Sons 1908 Dewey Dec. 973.2

A volume in the series “Original Narratives of Early American History”.

“John Winthrop, the first governor of Massachusetts Bay, kept this journal as a personal record of his life and service, but also as a semiofficial history of the first nineteen years of the Bay Colony. Since the late colonial period, historians have used Winthrop’s journal, first as a manuscript, and since 1790 in a variety of editions, for the study of the founding of Massachusetts…. The value of the journal to historians lies in the wealth of information not found in other surviving contemporary records that it provides concerning political and religious affairs in the first years of the new colony. Winthrop gives firsthand accounts, often extremely biased toward his own point of view, but substantial in detailing a range of events and figures in the early history of New England. William Bradford of Plymouth, John Cotton, Anne Hutchinson, and Roger Williams inhabit the pages of the journal; Antinomianism, Indian wars, witchcraft, and wolves are all described and discussed.” -Massachusetts Historical Society website. Life in Colonial America, U.S. colonial era, books about Colonial America.

Preliminaries of the Revolution 1763-1775 (American Nation, Vol. 8)

Howard, George Elliott
Harper & Brothers 1905 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“An excellent study of this period which aims “to show what the issue really was and why people who had lived under one general government for a century and a half could no longer get on together.” Contains maps and a critical essay on authorities.” – Standard Catalog 1929

Contents: 1. The French War Reveals an American People (1763) 2. The British Empire under George III (1760-1775) 3. The Mercantile Colonial System (1660-1775) 4. The First Protest of Massachusetts (1761) 5. The First Protest of Virginia (1758-1763) 6. The First Act for Revenue from the Colonies (1763-1764) 7. The Menace of the Stamp Act (1764-1765) 8. America’s Response to the Stamp Act (1765) 9. The Repeal of the Stamp Act (1766) 10. The Townshend Revenue Acts (1766-1767) 11, First Fruits of the Townshend Acts (1768-1770) 12. The Anglican Episcopate and the Revolution (1638-1775) 13. Institutional Beginnings of the West (1768-1775) 14. Royal Orders and Committees of Correspondence (1770-1773) 15. The Tea-Party and the Coercive Acts (1773-1774) 16. The First Continental Congress (1774) 17. The Appeal to Arms (1774-1775) 18. The Case of the Loyalists (1763-1775) 19. Critical Essay on Authorities. U.S. History 1763-1775, books on U.S. colonial era, life in Colonial America.

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Narratives of New Netherland, 1609-1664

Jameson, J. Franklin, ed.
Scribner’s Sons 1909 Dewey Dec. 973.2

A volume in the series “Original Narratives of Early American History”.

Contents: On Hudson’s voyage, by Emanuel van Meteren, 1610.–From “The third voyage of Master Henry Hudson,” by Robert Juet, 1610.–From the “New world,” by Johan de Laet, 1625, 1630, 133, 1640.–From the “Historisch verhael,” by Nicolaes van wassenarer, 1624-1630.–Letter of Isaack de Rasieres to Samuel Blommaert, 1628 –Letter of Reverend Jonas Michaëlius, 1628.–Narrative of a journey into the Mohawk and Oneida country, 1634-1635.–A short account of the Mohawk Indians, by Reverend Johannes Megapolensis, jr., 1644.–From the “Korte historiael ende journaels aenteyckeninge,” by David Pietersz. de Vries, 1633-1643 (1655)–Letter and narrative of Father Isaac Jogues, 1643, 1645.–Novum Belgium, by Father Isaac Jogues, 1646.–Journal of New Netherland, 1647.–The representation of New Netherland, 1650.–Letters of the Dutch ministers to the classis of Amsterdam, 1655-1664.–Description of the towne of Mannaeus, 1661.–The journal of Van Ruyven, Van Cortlant and Lawrence, 1663.–Letter of the town council of New Amsterdam, 1664.–Report on the surrender of New Netherland, by Peter Stuyvesant, 1665.

Original Narratives of Early American History (18 Vols)

Jameson, J. Franklin, ed.
1906-17 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“An extensive, authoritative series of source material for the 17th century. Volumes cover early Spanish exploration, history of various colonies, Indian wars, Spanish exploration in the Southwest, narratives of the Northwest, etc.” – Standard Catalog 1929. [Many of these volumes have individual entries on these American History web pages.]

Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period: Illustrative Documents

Jameson, John Franklin, ed.
1923 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“A well edited collection of documents covering the years 1638-1763 and illustrating all aspects of these two employments.” – Standard Catalog 1929

A History of the French War Ending in the Conquest of Canada

with a preliminary account of the early attempts at colonization and struggles for the possession of the continent

Johnson, Rossiter
NY: Dodd, Mead 1882 Dewey Dec. 973.2

Narratives of the Indian Wars, 1675-1699

Lincoln, Charles H.
Scribner’s Sons 1913 Dewey Dec. 973.2

A volume in the series “Original Narratives of Early American History”. These took place in New England.

Contents: A relacion of the Indyan warre, by John Easton, 1675.–The present state of New-England with respect to the Indian war, by N.S., 1675.–A continuation of the state of New-England, by N.S., 1676.–A new and further narrative of the state of New-England, by N.S., 1676.–The war in New-England visibly ended, by R.H., 1677.–Narrative of the captivity of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, 1682.–Decennium luctuosum, by Cotton Mather, 1699.

A Short History of the English Colonies in America

Lodge, Henry Cabot
NY: Harper 1900 Dewey Dec. 973.2

Contents: Virginia 1606-1765 – Virginia 1765 – Maryland 1632-1765 – Maryland 1765 – North Carolina 1663-1765 – North Carolina 1765 – South Carolina 1663-1765 – South Carolina 1765 – Georgia 1732-1765 – Georgia 1765 – Delaware 1609-1682 – Pennsylvania 1681-1765 – Pennsylvania and Delaware 1765 – New Jersey 1664-1765 – New Jersey 1765 – New York 1609-1765 – New York 1765 – Massachusetts 1620-1765 – Connecticut 1635-1765 – Rhode Island 1636-1765 – New Hampshire 1623-1765 – New England 1765 – Preparing for Revolution: 1765-1776 – War for Independence: 1776-1782 – Peace: 1782

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