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U.s. History - Colonial Period
The Secret Founding of America: The Real Story of Freemasons, Puritans, & the Battle for the New World
The Secret Founding of America
The Real Story of Freemasons, Puritans, & the Battle for the New World
Paperback      ISBN: 1906787344

Ask most Americans where the country's origins lie and they'll point to the Mayflower and its settlers--whom we often think of as the earliest arrivals to our shores. But something existed even before that: Jamestown. Drawing on original findings and an in-depth understanding of the political and philosophical realities of the time, "The Secret Founding of America" charts the connections between secret societies and libertarian ideals, explains the influence of the German Illuminati, and shows the hand of Freemasonry at work at every turning point in America's history, from the Civil War to the Cold War to today's global struggles for democracy. This authoritative, accessible, and absorbing history takes a fresh look at the past to reveal the truth about the founding of America.

Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity
Young Benjamin Franklin
The Birth of Ingenuity
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1101874414
In this new account of Franklin's early life, Pulitzer finalist Nick Bunker portrays him as a complex, driven young man who elbows his way to success.

From his early career as a printer and journalist to his scientific work and his role as a founder of a new republic, Benjamin Franklin has always seemed the inevitable embodiment of American ingenuity. But in his youth he had to make his way through a harsh colonial world, where he fought many battles with his rivals, but also with his wayward emotions. Taking Franklin to the age of forty-one, when he made his first electrical discoveries, Bunker goes behind the legend to reveal the sources of his passion for knowledge. Always trying to balance virtue against ambition, Franklin emerges as a brilliant but flawed human being, made from the conflicts of an age of slavery as well as reason. With archival material from both sides of the Atlantic, we see Franklin in Boston, London, and Philadelphia as he develops his formula for greatness. A tale of science, politics, war, and religion, this is also a story about Franklin's forebears: the talented family of English craftsmen who produced America's favorite genius.
The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America
The Unredeemed Captive
A Family Story from Early America
Paperback      ISBN: 0679759611

Nominated for the National Book Award and winner of the Francis Parkman Prize.

The setting for this haunting and encyclopedically researched work of history is colonial Massachusetts, where English Puritans first endeavoured to civilize a savage native populace. There, in February 1704, a French and Indian war party descended on the village of Deerfield, abducting a Puritan minister and his children. Although John Williams was eventually released, his daughter horrified the family by staying with her captors and marrying a Mohawk husband.

Out of this incident, The Bancroft Prize-winning historian John Devos has constructed a gripping narrative that opens a window into North America where English, French, and Native Americans faced one another across gilfs of culture and belief, and sometimes crossed over.
Benjamin Franklin and His Enemies
Benjamin Franklin and His Enemies
Hardcover      ISBN: 0520202686

In this engaging study of the much-loved statesman and polymath, Robert Middlekauff uncovers a little-known aspect of Benjamin Franklin's personality--his passionate anger. He reveals a fully human Franklin who led a remarkable life but nonetheless had his share of hostile relationships--political adversaries like the Penns, John Adams, and Arthur Lee--and great disappointments--the most significant being his son, William, who sided with the British. Utilizing an abundance of archival sources, Middlekauff weaves episodes in Franklin's emotional life into key moments in colonial and Revolutionary history. The result is a highly readable narrative that illuminates how historical passions can torment even the most rational and benevolent of men.

The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America
The Unredeemed Captive
A Family Story from Early America
Hardcover      ISBN: 0394557824

Nominated for the National Book Award, this book is set in colonial Massachusetts where, in 1704, a French and Indian war party descended on the village of Deerfield, abducting a Puritan minister and his children. Although John Williams was eventually released, his daughter horrified the family by staying with her captors and marrying a Mohawk husband.

"From the Trade Paperback edition."

Roanoke: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony
Roanoke
Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony
Hardcover      ISBN: 1559705841

Drawing on extensive knowledge of Native American history, the author searches for the truth about the four-hundred-year-old disappearance of England's first colony in North America and the fate of Roanoke's doomed settlers.

The Forgotten History of America: Little-Known Conflicts of Lasting Importance from the Earliest Colonists to the Eve of the Revolution
The Forgotten History of America
Little-Known Conflicts of Lasting Importance from the Earliest Colonists to the Eve of the Revolution
Paperback      ISBN: 0785830588

This book depicts a continent emerging as both a bloody battleground between Native Americans and Europeans and a place where alien cultures began to mesh. This is the history they left out of the textbooks--thanks to Cormac O'Brien, the forgotten history of America will be forgotten no more.
From the founding of the first permanent European settlement in North America (1565) to the bloody chaos of the British frontier in Pontiac's War (1763), this vividly written narrative spans the two centuries of American history before the Revolutionary War. These lesser known conflicts of the past are brought brilliantly to life, showing us a world of heroism, brutality, and tenacity--and also showing us how deep the roots of our own time truly run."

Half Moon: Henry Hudson and the Voyage That Redrew the Map of the New World
Half Moon
Henry Hudson and the Voyage That Redrew the Map of the New World
Paperback      ISBN: 1608190986

Four centuries ago, Henry Hudson discovered the majestic river that now bears his name. Douglas Hunter's Half Moon is the first book-length history of the 1609 adventure that would ultimately reshape the New World and lead to the birth of a global capital--New York City. This swiftly moving tale re-creates the bubbling mixture of espionage, economics, and politics that drove men to the edges of the known world--and beyond.

In a feat of forensic cartography, Hunter offers a fresh perspective on the daring Hudson's motivation and objectives--and even on where he went. Half Moon is a rich narrative of adventure, filled with international intrigue, business drama, and the thrill of discovery.

1619: Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy
1619
Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy
Hardcover      ISBN: 0465064698
The essential history of the extraordinary year in which American democracy and American slavery emerged hand in hand in colonial Virginia.

Along the banks of the James River, Virginia, during an oppressively hot spell in the middle of summer 1619, two events occurred within a few weeks of each other that would profoundly shape the course of history. In the newly built church at Jamestown, the General Assembly -- the first gathering of a representative governing body in America -- came together. A few weeks later, a battered privateer entered the Chesapeake Bay carrying the first African slaves to land on mainland English America.

In 1619, historian James Horn sheds new light on the year that gave birth to the great paradox of our nation: slavery in the midst of freedom. This portentous year marked both the origin of the most important political development in American history, the rise of democracy, and the emergence of what would in time become one of the nation's greatest challenges: the corrosive legacy of racial inequality that has afflicted America since its beginning.
1676: The End of American Independence
1676
The End of American Independence
Paperback      ISBN: 0815603614

This interpretation of early American history argues that 1676 was a cataclysmic year of Indian resurrection and civil war in America, which actually postponed American independence for 100 years.