A few additional books on early American History
This post could also be labeled as "books that did not make it into the display case" for the "Celebrate American Independence" display we are currently presenting. If you have an interest in the politics of the early days after the United States gained its independence or just the period in general, then some of these may be of interest. The books, unless otherwise noted, are located in the library's third floor General Stacks. I have listed them in call number order.
- Kenneth C. Davis, America's Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation. Davis, the best-selling author of works like Don't Know Much About History, returns with a collection of tales about little-known people and overlooked historical episodes that helped shape the American nation. For instance, find out who the real first Pilgrims to America were (and they were not British). E 178 .D26 2008 (this one is located in the second floor's Bestseller Collection).
- Nancy L. Rhoden and Ian K. Steele, eds., The Human Tradition in the American Revolution. This collection of essays looks at the American Revolution from various points of view by looking at 19 lives of patriots, neutrals, and loyalists. E 206 .H88 2000.
- Don Higginbotham, Daniel Morgan: Revolutionary Rifleman. Morgan was illiterate, uncultivated, and contentious, but he was also a resourceful frontiersman who went on to be a great tactician and leader. This is a story of a man rising from humble origins to become a hero. E 207 .M8 H5 1979.
- Gordon S. Wood, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin. This is a selective biography of Benjamin Franklin that looks at how Franklin became an American. E 302 .F8 W 84 2004.
- Joanne B. Freeman, Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic. This book gives readers a look at the very tumultuous politics of early America, a time when if you had differences with a political opponent, you called them out to a duel. Read about men like Jefferson, Hamilton, and Burr. Some of the narrative may seem relevant today when you read how gossip and rhetoric were used as weapons of political combat. E 310 .F85 2002.
- James Roger Sharp, American Politics in the Early Republic. Sharp argues that the rise of the nation was not as harmonious as most people think. It was contentious, and the animosity between Federalists and Republicans almost led to the nation falling apart. E 310 .S48 1993.