U.S. History; Colonial Era, Revolution, Confederation


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973 United States History continued

973.2 Colonial period, 1607-1775

Manuscript Records of the French and Indian War in the Library of the Society

Worcester, Mass: American Antiquarian Society 1909
American Antiquarian Society, comp. Go to Book
DDC: 973.2


Colonial Self-Government 1652-1689 (American Nation, Vol. 5)

1904
Andrews, Charles McLean Go to Book
DDC: 973.2

“An excellent general account of this period. It emphasizes the variety of conditions and experiments in government in the various colonies. Contains maps and a critical essay on authorities.”
— Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: History (H.W. Wilson) 1929
Chapter headings are:

I. Navigation Acts and Colonial Trade (1651-1672)
II. English Administration of the Colonies (1660-1689)
III. Reorganization of New England (1660-1662)
iv. Territorial Adjustment in New England (1662-1668)
v. New Amsterdam becomes New York (1652-1672)
vi. The Province of New York (1674-1686)
vii. Foundation of the Jerseys (1660-1677)
viii. Development of the Jerseys (1674-1689)
ix. Foundation of the Carolinas (1663-1671)
x. Governmental Problems in the Carolinas (1671-1691)
xi. Foundation of Pennsylvania (1680-1691)
xii. Governmental Problems in Pennsylvania (1681-1696)
xiii. Development of Virginia (1652-1675)
xiv. Bacon’s Rebellion and its Results (1675-1689)
xv. Development of Maryland (1649-1686)
xvi. Difficulties in New England (1675-1686)
xvii. The Revolution in America (1687-1691)
xviii. Social and Religious Life in the Colonies (1652-1689)
xix. Commercial and Economic Conditions in the Colonies (1652-1689)
xx. Critical Essay on Authorities

17th century American history, U.S. colonial history, Sir Edmund Andros, Lord Baltimore, Sir William Berkeley, Carteret, Earl of Clarendon, Colleton, Ann Hutchinson, King Philip’s War, James II, Mercantile system, New England Confederation, Quakers, Fort Orange, William Penn, Presbyterianism, Puritans, slave-trade, John Winthrop, history online

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Colonial Fights and Fighters

Doubleday, Page 1913
Brady, Cyrus TownsendGo to Book
DDC: 973.2

Stories from the Age of Discovery through the French and Indian War, divided into the following parts:

1. In the Age of Discovery
2. Gentlemen of the Black Flag
3. Various Early Colonial Wars
4. The French and Indian War

The French in the Allegheny Valley

Cleveland: Williams 1887
Chapman, Thomas JeffersonGo to Book
DDC: 973.2


Old Times in the Colonies

NY: Harper 1880
Coffin, Charles Carleton Go to Book
DDC: 973.2


A Summary, Historical and Political, of the First Planting, Progressive Improvements, and Present State of the British Settlements in North America

Boston: Rogers & Fowle 1749-1752
Douglass, William Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2
DDC: 973.2


English Colonies in America

1882-1907
Doyle, John AndrewGo to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2|Go to Vol 3|Go to Vol 4|Go to Vol 5
DDC: 973.2

Chapter headings are:

Volume 1: Virginia, Maryland, and the Carolinas
Introduction
The United States Territory
The Natives
American Discovery during the Sixteenth Century
Spanish and French Settlements in America during the Sixteenth Century
The Virginia Company
Virginia under Royal Government
Virginia under the Commonwealth
Virginia after the Restoration
The Foundation of Maryland
The Revolution in Maryland
The Two Carolinas
The Social and Economical Life of the Southern Colonies

Volume 2: The Puritan Colonies, Part 1
Introduction
The Plymouth Pilgrims
The Settlement of Massachusetts
Roger Williams and the Antinomians
The Settlement of Connecticut and the Pequod War
The Settlements South of Cape Cod
The Settlements North of Massachusetts
The New England Confederation
New England under the Commonwealth

Volume 3: The Puritan Colonies, Part 2
New England in 1650
The Restoration in New England
The War with Philip
The Charter of Massachusetts Annulled
The Revolution in New England
New England under Sir William Phipps
Lord Bellomont and the Pirates
The Governorship of Joseph Dudley
New England in 1700

Volume 4: The Middle Colonies
Foundation of New Netherlands
The English Conquest
The Dutch Reconquest
New York under Andros and Dongan
The Revolution in New York
New York after the Revolution
Settlement of New Jersey
New Jersey a Crown Colony
The Foundation of Pennsylvania

Volume 5: The Colonies under the House of Hanover
The General Conditions of the Colonies at the Accession of the House of Hanover
Administrative Development
Religion in the Colonies
Literary and Intellectual Development of the Colonies
The Colonists and the Inferior Races
The Ethnology of the Colonies
The Colonization of Georgia
The Conquest of Canada

Sebastian Cabot, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, Martin Frobisher, Sir Walter Raleigh, Richard Hakluyt, Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, Nathaniel Bacon, Lord Culpeper, Edmund Andros, Sir George Calvert, settlement at Cape Fear, North Carolina, South Carolina, Port Royal, Sir Nathaniel Johnson, Church Establishment act, Yamassee war, Nonconformists, William Brewster, William Bradford, the Leyden Company, the Dorchester Adventurers, John Winthrop, the Pequods, Treaty of Hartford, the Laconia Company, Narragansett settlements, Rhode Island, Boston, John Eliot, Cotton Mather, Quakerism, the Atherton Company, the Five Nations, Pokanoket tribe, Sir William Phipps, Increase Mather, Thomas Brattle, Governor Dudley, Henry Hudson, Dutch West India Company, patroons, Peter Minuit, William Kieft, Peter Stuyvesant, New Amsterdam, New Netherlands, Gustavus Adolphus, the Swedish colony, Mennonites, Governor Dongan, Jacob Leisler, Leisler’s rebellion, Mohawk tribe, Viscount Cornbury, William Penn, Colonel William Byrd, Navigation acts, Molasses act, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, the “New Lights”, Benjamin Franklin, Ezra Stiles, Sir Alexander Cuming, Ulster Presbyterians, James Oglethorpe, Savannah settlement, attack on Louisburg, Acadia, Governor Dinwiddie, the Albany conference, General Braddock, French and Indian War, Battle of Lake George, Fort William Henry

The Colonial Era

NY: Scribner’s Sons 1910
Fisher, Rev. George Park Go to Book
DDC: 973.2


The Dutch and Quaker Colonies in America

1889
Fiske, John Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2
DDC: 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.”
– The Literature of American History (1902)
Chapter headings are:

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

United States Colonial period, Dutch colonies, Quaker history

New France and New England

1904
Fiske, John Go to Book
DDC: 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
Chapter headings are:

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

For works on the era of the French and Indian War, also see:
Bradley, A. G., The Fight with France for North America in Conflict, War and Military History in the Great Lakes Region;
Entick, John, The General History of the Late War in Conflict, War and Military History in the Great Lakes Region;
Sloane, William M. , The French War and the Revolution in Conflict, War and Military History in the Great Lakes Region;
Unknown Author, A Complete History of the Present War: from its Commencement in 1756, to the End of the Campaign … in Conflict, War and Military History in the Great Lakes Region

United States History, Colonial period, Canada, New France, New England

Old Virginia and her Neighbours

1897
Fiske, JohnGo to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2
DDC: 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.”
– The Literature of American History (1902)
Chapter headings are:

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

U.S. History, Virginia history, Maryland history

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

Washington: Government Printing Office(?) 1837-1846
Force, Peter, comp.All 6 Vols
DDC: 973.2

(title continued) ” … from the King’s message to Parliament, of March 7, 1774, to the Declaration of Independence by the United State [1774-1776]”. Six volumes

“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”

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

Hartford: Belknap and Hamersley 1849
Frost, John Go to Book
DDC: 973.2

(title continued) ” … from the Discovery in the Tenth Century until the Commencement of the Revolutionary War. Compiled from the Best Authorities”


The History of the United States of North America, from the Plantation of the British colonies till their Assumption of National Independence

Boston: Little Brown 1845
Grahame, JamesGo to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2|Go to Vol 3|Go to Vol 4
DDC: 973.2


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

1905
Greene, Evarts Boutell Go to Book
DDC: 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
Chapter headings are:

Editor’s Introduction
Author’s Preface
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

For historic maps of the Great Lakes region, see: Great Lakes Maps, Atlases & Map Collections

U.S. History, Colonial period

Sir William Johnson and the Six Nations

NY: Dodd, Mead 1891
Griffis, William Elliot Go to Book
DDC: 973.2


Washington’s Expeditions (1753-1754) and Braddock’s Expedition (1755) …

Uniontown, PA: Hadden 1910
Hadden, JamesGo to Book
DDC: 973.2

(title continued) ” … with History of Tom Fausett, the Slayer of General Edward Braddock”


The Fall of New France, 1755-1760

Montreal: Drysdale 1888
Hart, Gerald E. Go to Book
DDC: 973.2


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

Harper & Brothers 1905
Howard, George ElliottGo to Book
DDC: 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 for Public Libraries: History (H.W. Wilson) 1929
Chapter headings are:

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

Causes of the Revolutionary war

Original Narratives of Early American History (19 Vols)

1906-17
Jameson, J. Franklin, ed.Go to Book
DDC: 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 for Public Libraries: History (H.W. Wilson) 1929
The titles of volumes are:

Narratives of Early Virginia
Bradford’s History of Plymouth Plantation
Winthrop’s Journal “History of New England” (2 vols)
Narratives of Early Carolina
Narratives of Early Maryland
Narratives of Early Pennsylvania, West New Jersey and Delaware
Narratives of New Netherland
Early English and French Voyages
Voyages of Samuel de Champlain
Spanish Explorers in the Southern United States
Spanish Exploration in the Southwest
Narratives of the Insurrections
Narratives of the Indian Wars
Johnson’s Wonder-working Providence
The Journal of Jaspar Danckaerts
Narratives of the Northwest
Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases
The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot

Colonial America, Discovery of America, Exploration of America

Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period: Illustrative Documents

1923
Jameson, John Franklin, ed.Go to Book
DDC: 973.2

“A well edited collection of documents covering the years 1638-1763 and illustrating all aspects of these two employments.”
— Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: History (H.W. Wilson) 1929

U.S. Colonial history, Privateering

A History of the French War …

NY: Dodd, Mead 1882
Johnson, RossiterGo to Book
DDC: 973.2

(title continued) ” … ending in the conquest of Canada, with a preliminary account of the early attempts at colonization and struggles for the possession of the continent”


A Short History of the English Colonies in America

NY: Harper 1881
Lodge, Henry Cabot Go to Book
DDC: 973.2


Select Charters and other Documents illustrative of American History 1606-1775

Macmillan 1904
Macdonald, William, ed. Go to Book
DDC: 973.2

Contains the text of 80 documents.

A History of the Colonies Planted by the English on the Continent of North America …

Philadelphia: Small 1824
Marshall, JohnGo to Book
DDC: 973.2

(title continued) ” … from their Settlement to the Commencement of that War which Terminated in their Independence”


La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West

1879
Parkman, Francis Go to Book
DDC: 973.2

“In his inimitable style Parkman describes the exploration of the Mississippi and the Great Lakes, and the adventures of Joliet, Marquette and Father Hennepin, grouping all these events about La Salle.”
La Salle. Robert Cavelier, sieur de, 1643-1687
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
Chapter headings are:

1. 1643-1669 Cavelier de la Salle
2. 1669-1671 La Salle and the Sulpitians
3. 1670-1672 The Jesuits on the Lakes
4. 1667-1672 France takes Possession of the West
5. 1672-1675 The Discovery of the Mississippi
6. 1673-1678 La Salle and Frontenac
7. 1678 Party Strife
8. 1677, 1678 The Grand Enterprise
9. 1678-1679 La Salle at Niagara
10. 1679 The Launch of the “Griffin”
11. 1679 La Salle on the Upper Lakes
12. 1679, 1680 La Salle on the Illinois
13. 1680 Fort Crevecoeur
14. 1680 Hardihood of La Salle
15. 1680 Indian Conquerors
16. 1680 Tonty and the Iroquois
17. 1680 The Adventures of Hennepin
18. 1680, 1681 Hennepin among the Sioux
19. 1681 La Salle begins Anew
20. 1681-1682 Success of La Salle
21. 1682, 1683 St. Louis of the Illinois
22. 1680-1683 La Salle Painted by Himself
23. 1684 A New Enterprise
24. 1684, 1685 The Voyage
25. 1685 La Salle in Texas
26. 1685-1687 St. Louis of Texas
27. 1687 Assassination of La Salle
28. 1687, 1688 The Innocent and the Guilty
29. 1688-1689 Fate of the Texan Colony

New France, Discovery and exploration, La Salle, Robert Cavelier

Montcalm and Wolfe

1884
Parkman, FrancisGo to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2
DDC: 973.2

“The story of the downfall of France in America, culminating in the battle on the Heights of Abraham.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
Chapter headings are:

Volume 1:
1. 1745-1755 The Combatants
2. 1749-1752 Celoron de Bienville
3. 1749-1753 Conflict for the West
4. 1710-1754 Conflict for Acadia
5. 1753, 1754 Washington
6. 1754, 1755 The Signal of Battle
7. 1755 Braddock
8. 1755 Removal of the Acadians
9. 1755 Dieskau
10. 1755, 1756 Shirley. Border War
11. 1712-1756 Montcalm
12. 1756 Oswego
13. 1756, 1757 Partisan War
14. 1757 Montcalm and Vaudreuil
15. 1757 Fort William Henry

Volume 2:
16. 1757, 1758 A Winter of Discontent
17. 1753-1760 Bigot
18. 1757, 1758 Pitt
19. 1758 Louisbourg
20. 1758 Ticonderoga
21. 1758 Fort Frontenac
22. 1758 Fort Duquesne
23. 1758, 1759 The Brink of Ruin
24. 1758, 1759 Wolfe
25. 1759 Wolfe at Quebec
26. 1759 Amherst. Niagara
27. 1759 The Heights of Abraham
28. 1759 Fall of Quebec
29. 1759, 1760 Sainte-Foy
30. 1760 Fall of Canada
31. 1758-1763 The Peace of Paris
32. 1763-1884 Conclusion

For works on the era of the French and Indian War, also see:
Bradley, A. G., The Fight with France for North America in Conflict, War and Military History in the Great Lakes Region;
Entick, John, The General History of the Late War in Conflict, War and Military History in the Great Lakes Region;
Sloane, William M. , The French War and the Revolution in Conflict, War and Military History in the Great Lakes Region;
Unknown Author, A Complete History of the Present War: from its Commencement in 1756, to the End of the Campaign … in Conflict, War and Military History in the Great Lakes Region

French and Indian War

Memoir upon the Late War in North America between the French and English, 1755-60 …

Roxbury, Mass:1866
Pouchot, PierreGo to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2
DDC: 973.2

(title continued) ” … followed by observations upon the theatre of actual war, and by new details concerning the manners and customs of the Indians; with topographical maps”


A General History of the United States of America …

NY: Williams & Whiting 1810
Trumbull, Benjamin Go to Book
DDC: 973.2

(title continued) ” … from the discovery in 1492: or, sketches of the divine agency, in their settlement, growth, and protection; and especially in the late memorable Revolution…”


French Policy Defeated …

London: 1755
Unknown Go to Book
DDC: 973.2

(title continued) ” … being an account of all the hostile proceedings of the French, against the inhabitants of the British Colonies in North America, for the last seven years”


The Mississippi Basin …

Boston: Houghton, Mifflin 1895
Winsor, JustinGo to Book
DDC: 973.2

(title continued) ” … The Struggle in America between England and France 1697-1763, with full cartographical illustrations from contemporary sources”


A General History of the British Empire in America …

London: Richardson and Urquhart 1770
Wynne, John HuddlestoneGo to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2
DDC: 973.2

(title continued) ” … Containing an Historical, Political, and Commercial View of the English Settlements; Including all the Countries in North-America, and the West-Indies, Ceded by the Peace of Paris”



973.3 Revolution and Confederation, 1775-1789

A Naval History of the American Revolution

1913
Allen, Gardner W. Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2
DDC: 973.3

“Scholarly, detailed history of maritime activities of both cruisers and privateers in the war of independence. Based on thorough study of the original sources from which it quotes largely. Nineteen illustrations from portraits and contemporary pictures, 14 maps, bibliography and index.”
— Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: History (H.W. Wilson) 1929
Chapter headings are:

1. The Opening of Hostilities, 1775
2. Naval Administration and Organization
3. Washington’s Fleet, 1775 and 1776
4. The New Providence Expedition, 1776
5. Other events on the Sea in 1776
6. Lake Champlain, 1776
7. Naval Operations in 1777
8. Foreign Relations, 1777
9. Naval Operations in 1778
10. European Waters in 1778

Revolutionary war, U.S. Navy history, naval wars

Broadsides and Bayonets; the Propaganda War of the American Revolution

Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania 1961
Berger, CarlGo to Book
DDC: 973.3


A History of the American Revolution

NY: Harper 1846
Blake, John LaurisGo to Book
DDC: 973.3

(title continued) ” … First published in London under the superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. Improved with maps and other illustrations”


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Battles of the American Revolution. 1775-1781

NY: Barnes 1876
Carrington, Henry B.Go to Book
DDC: 973.3

(title continued) ” … Historical and Military Criticism, with Topographical Illustration”


The War of the American Revolution: Narrative, Chronology, and Bibliography

Washington: Center of Military History, U.S. Army 1975
Coakley, Robert W. and Conn, StetsonGo to Book
DDC: 973.3


American Prisoners of the Revolution

Charlottesville, VA: Michie 1911
Dandridge, DanskeGo to Book
DDC: 973.3


Domestic History of the American Revolution

Lippincott 1876
Ellet, Elizabeth Fries LummisGo to Book
DDC: 973.3

The object of this work is ” … to exhibit the spirit and character of the Revolutionary period; to portray, as far as possible in so brief a record, the social and domestic condition of the times, and the state of feeling among the people, with something of the services and experience of a class not usually noticed among those whose names live in historical remembrance. With this view, a short and comprehensive narrative of the successive events of the war is interspersed with domestic details and anecdotes illustrative of the state of the country at various intervals.”
– Author’s Preface

The Fathers of the Constitution; a Chronicle of the Establishment of the Union

New Haven: Yale University 1921
Farrand, Max Go to Book
DDC: 973.3


The True History of the American Revolution

Philadelphia: Lippincott 1912
Fisher, Sydney George Go to Book
DDC: 973.3


The American Revolution

Houghton Mifflin 1891
Fiske, John Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2
DDC: 973.3

“An unusually successful work written in a delightful style.”
— Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: History (H.W. Wilson) 1929
Mr. Fiske’s book ought to be in every high school and college library in the country, and, indeed, bought and read by everyone who can afford to buy books at all.
– The Literature of American History (1902)
Chapter headings are:

Volume I
1. The Beginnings
2. The Crisis
3. The Continental Congress
4. Independence
5. First Blow at the Centre
6. Second Blow at the Centre
7. Saratoga

Volume II
8. The French Alliance
9. Valley Forge
10. Monmouth and Newport
11. War on the Frontier
12. War on the Ocean
13. A Year of Disasters
14. Benedict Arnold
15. Yorktown

Sir Robert Walpole, Albany Congress, Stamp Act, Patrick Henry, Stamp Act Congress, Massachusetts assembly, Townshend Acts, George III, Lord North, Thomas Hutchinson, James Otis, Boston Massacre, Regulators, Boston Port Bill, quartering of troops, Quebec Act, Boston Tea Party, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Joseph Warren, Continental Congress, William Howe, Lord Howe, Paul Revere, Benedict Arnold, Ethan Allen, capture of Ticonderoga, capture of Crown Point, siege of Boston, Battle of Bunker’s Hill, Daniel Morgan, Nathanael Greene, Henry Knox, Israel Putnam, George Washington, Charles Lee, Horatio Gates, Dr. Benjamin Church, assault upon Quebec, Thomas Paine, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence, Battle of Fort Moultrie, Lord Cornwallis, Battle of Long Island, Battle of Valcour Island, Philip Schuyler, evacuation of Ticonderoga, Battle of Bennington, Battle of Oriskany, Battle of Brandywine, Battle of Germantown, Battle at Freeman’s Farm, Saratoga, John Adams, Baron Friedrich von Steuben, Battle of Monmouth, Valley Forge, Battle of Butt’s Hill, Joseph Brant, Massacre at Wyoming, Battle of Newtown, Lord Dunmore’s war, Battle of Point Pleasant, George Rogers Clark, capture of Vincennes, John Paul Jones, Bon Homme Richard, surrender of Charleston, Battle of Camden, Count Rochambeau, Peggy Shippen, Battle of King’s Mountain, Daniel Morgan, Battle of the Cowpens, Battle of Guilford, surrender of Cornwallis

The Critical Period of American History, 1783-1789

Cambridge: Riverside 1902
Fiske, JohnGo to Book
DDC: 973.3


American Archives: Fifth Series. Containing a documentary history of the United States of America …

Washington: Government Printing Office(?) 1848-1853
Force, Peter, comp.All 3 Vols
DDC: 973.3

(title continued) ” … , from the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776, to the definitive treaty of peace with Great Britain, September 3, 1783″. Three volumes

“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”

The Day of Concord and Lexington; the Nineteenth of April, 1775

Little, Brown 1925
French, AllenGo to Book
DDC: 973.3

“An extremely interesting narrative of the 19th of April, 1775, based on original documents and the evidence of eye witnesses. There is a discussion of military tactics and of the weapons used. It is illustrated from old prints and photographs. Bibliography”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
Chapter headings are:

1. The Nineteenth in History
2. The General Situation
3. Boston in 1774-1775
4. American Preparations
5. Flintlocks and Marksmanship
6. Both Sides Make Ready
7. Gage and his Problem
8. The Evening of April 18th
9. Paul Revere and William Dawes
10. Revere’s Ride
11. The News in Lexington
12. The Firing at Lexington
13. American Testimony on Lexington
14. British Statements
15. Doolittle’s Picture, and British Tactics
16. The Provincials at Lexington
17. Concord in 1775
18. The Provincials Retreat before the British
19. The Regulars in Concord
20. The Search for Military Stores
21. Concord Fight
22. British Tactics Again
23. William Emerson at the Fight
24. The Americans on the Jones Hill
25. The Boy and his Hatchet
26. Meriam’s Corner
27. Smith’s Desperate Case
28. The Rescue
29. Percy’s Halt in Lexington
30. The Fight in Menotomy
31. The American Fire
32. Pickering’s Chance
33. The British Reach Safety
34. Summary
35. Bibliography

American Revolution, Battle of Concord, Battle of Lexington, American military history

The American Revolution Considered as a Social Movement

Princeton University 1926
Jameson, J. Franklin Go to Book
DDC: 973.3

“Four lectures delivered at Princeton picturing vividly the social background and conditions of the revolutionary period. “To those attracted by such a subject these lectures are an illuminating introduction and guide. It need not be said that the scholarship is impeccable, the style is polished, and that, above all, the outlook is broad and thoughtful.”” American Historical Review
— Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: History (H.W. Wilson) 1929
Chapter headings are:

1. The Revolution and the Status of Persons
2. The Revolution and the Land
3. Industry and Commerce
4. Thought and Feeling

American Revolution, Social Conditions

The American Revolution 1763-1783 …

Appleton 1898
Lecky, William Edward Hartpole Go to Book
DDC: 973.3

(title continued) ” … being the Chapters and Passages relating to America from the Author’s History of England in the Eighteenth Century”

“One of the most instructive and judicious works on the Revolution. It is composed of chapters and passages relating to America from his History of England in the 18th century.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Revolutionary war

The American Revolution: A Constitutional Interpretation

Great Seal 1923
McIlwain, Charles Howard Go to Book
DDC: 973.3

“The writer, who is (in 1929) professor of history and government in Harvard university, interprets the constitutional issues involved in the American revolution and examines the legality of the claims of the colonists to freedom from parliamentary control. The conflicting constitutional views of the Americans and of the English parliament are compared and judged on their respective merits and the American rather than the English view of the authority of Parliament is upheld.” Book Review Digest
“Professor Mcllwain has performed a service for which all students of politics will be grateful. In giving us a view of the American Revolution solely from the angle of constitutional law, he has attempted something which has long been overdue.” Canadian Historical Review.
— Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: History (H.W. Wilson) 1929
Chapter headings are:

1. Introduction – The Problem
2. The Precedents – The Realm and the Dominions
Note to Chapter 2
3. The Precedents – Natural and Fundamental Law – Taxation and Virtual Representation – The Charters
4. Conclusion

U.S. History, Causes of the American Revolution

The Confederation and the Constitution 1783-1789 (American Nation, Vol. 10)

Harper & Brothers 1905
McLaughlin, Andrew Cunningham Go to Book
DDC: 973.3

“Treats of the course of events from the final defeat of Cornwallis to the establishment of the federal constitution. Contains maps and a critical essay on authorities “Shows a firm grasp of detail and perspective. The exposition is such as to leave all that is salient impressed on the scholar’s mind.” Outlook
— Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: History (H.W. Wilson) 1929
Chapter headings are:

1. The End of the Revolution (1781-1782)
2. The Treaty of Paris (1782-1784)
3. The Problem of Imperial Organization (1775-1787)
4. Poverty and Peril (1781-1783)
5. Commercial and Financial Conditions (1783-1786)
6. Diplomatic Relations (1783-1788)
7. Founding a Colonial System (1783-1787)
8. Founding of New Commonwealths (1787-1788)
9. Paper Money (1781-1788)
10. Shay’s Rebellion (1786-1788)
11. Proposals to Alter the Articles of Confederation (1781-1786)
12. Plan for a National Government (1787)
13. Shall the Confederation be Patched Up? (1787)
14. The Great Compromise (1787)
15. The Law of the Land (1787)
16. Further Compromises and the Conclusion of the Convention’s Work (1787)
17. The Constitution before the People (1787-1788)
18. For Better or for Worse (1788)
19. Critical Essay on Authorities

John Adams, Samuel Adams, Fisher Ames, Anti-Federalists, armed neutrality, depredations of Barbary States, Bill of rights, Daniel Boone, West Florida, Shays’s rebellion, Cincinnati Society, Articles of Confederation, Western Reserve, Connecticut compromise, Federal Constitution, state Constitutions, Continental Congress, Manasseh Cutler, Northwest Ordinance, John Dickinson, division of powers, Oliver Ellsworth, retention of frontier posts, proportional representation, bicameral legislation, slave representation, election of president, The Federalist, Benjamin Franklin, state of Franklin, frontier posts, fugitive slaves, fur trade, Elbridge Gerry, Alexander Hamilton, John Hancock, Patrick Henry, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, Rufus King, Henry Knox, John Lansing, Robert R. Livingston, Loyalists, James Madison, enumerated powers, Virginia plan, Luther Martin, George Mason, cede western claim, free navigation, circulation of specie, coinage, James Monroe, Gouverneur Morris, Federal convention, Robert Morris, Ohio Company, Ordinance of 1787, William Paterson, Peace of 1783, mutiny of troops, ratification convention, Charles Pinckney, C. C. Pinckney, privateering, public lands, public debt, Edmund Randolph, slave trade, ratification of Constitution, freedom of religion, principle of proportionment, reserved powers of states, Arthur St. Clair, secession, Roger Sherman, exclusion of slavery, Spanish intrigue, Watauga settlement, taxation power, future statehood, Count de Vergennes, George Washington, James Wilkinson, James Wilson

Triumph of Freedom 1775-1783

Boston: Little Brown 1948
Miller, John C.Go to Book
DDC: 973.3


Diary of the American Revolution. From Newspapers and Original Documents

Scribner 1860
Moore, FrankVol 1|Vol 2
DDC: 973.3

“The materials of these volumes are taken from Whig and Tory newspapers, published during the American Revolution, private diaries, and other contemporaneous writings.” [from the Introduction]. The “List of Authorities” includes over 40 newspapers from around the American colonies and London, letters of five people, and diaries of five people.

An Impartial History of the War in America

Newcastle upon Tyne 1782
Murray, JamesGo to Book|Go to Book
DDC: 973.3

(title continued) ” … from its first commencement, to the present time ; together with the charters of the several colonies, and other authentic information ; likewise, the rise, progress, and political springs of the war now carrying on between Great-Britain, and the united powers of France, Spain, Holland, and America ; with a particular account of the several engagements both by sea and land”

The progress of the war, as seen by a contemporary British observer in England.

American States during and after the Revolution, 1775-1789

Macmillan 1927
Nevins, Allan Go to Book
DDC: 973.3

Designs “to present a conspectus of state history, as distinguished from national history, from the organization of the first independent state agencies at the beginning of the Revolution until 1789.” Traces the growth of government in each state, describes their form of government, and discusses their relation to one another and to the central government. A volume treating of state history from 1789 to 1815 is planned. Extensive bibliography.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
Chapter headings are:

1. The Colonies before their Union
2. Beginnings of the Transition from Colonies to States
3. The Emergence of Popular Government
4. The Writing of the State Constitutions
5. The Constitutions in Operation: Their Revision
6. Political Development in New England
7. Political Development in the Middle States
8. Political Development: The Upper South
9. Political Development: In the Lower South
10. Progress in Liberalism and Humanity
11. The States and their Money Affairs
12. State Quarrels and State Friendships
13. The Relations of the States with Congress
14. Facing Westward: Conclusion

U.S. Politics and government, Revolutionary war, Confederation, State governments

The Battle-fields of the Revolution …

Philadelphia: Bradley 1857
Rhoads, Thomas Y.Go to Book
DDC: 973.3

(title continued) ” … Comprising descriptions of the principal battles, sieges, and other events of the War of Independence: interspersed with characteristic anecdotes”


Men and Manners in America One Hundred Years Ago

Scribner, Armstrong 1876
Scudder, Horace Elisha Go to Book
DDC: 973.3

“I have taken the period which we call a hundred years ago, keeping within the general limits of the generation which was at maturity during the War for Independence; and, rambling over the thirteen colonies, have gone to this book and that for such familiar, and oftentimes quite unliterary, accounts of contemporaneous life, as seemed likely to furnish one with a light and intelligible view of society and persons at that time.”
– Author’s Preface

Correspondence of the American Revolution; Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington …

Little, Brown 1853
Sparks, Jared, ed.Vol 1|Vol 2|Vol 3|Vol 4
DDC: 973.3

(title continued) ” … from the time of his taking command of the army to the end of his presidency”

According to the Editor’s Preface, the letters contained here, all of which are complete, were selected from several thousand letters sent to Washington during this period. ” … it was the aim to choose such as would enlarge the reader’s knowledge of the events, characters, and opinions of the period which they embrace.” “The writers were among the most prominent actors in the political and military events of the time, and as they wrote with a full understanding of what was passing around them, and generally on topics of immediate importance, their statements possess a weight of authority and a freshness, which insure their accuracy, and enhance their interest.”
Volumes 1 and 2 have Appendixes that contain miscellaneous letters, “… designed to contribute additional facts concerning some of the large operations of the war, in which Washington was not engaged, except by a general supervision as Commander-in-chief, but which affected in a greater or less degree his own movements and plans.”

Vol. 1: 12 July 1775 to 8 October 1777; Appendix, “Operations in Canada”
Vol. 2: 9 October 1777 to 20 June 1780; Appendix, “Operations in Virginia and South Carolina”, “The Northern Army”, “Hudson’s River”
Vol. 3: 22 June 1780 to 26 February 1783
Vol. 4: 12 March 1783 to 6 February 1797; Indexes

The Writings of George Washington …

Little, Brown 1855
Sparks, Jared, ed.All 12 Volumes
DDC: 973.3

(title continued) ” … being his correspondence, addresses, messages, and other papers, official and private, selected and published from the original manuscripts; with a life of the author, notes and illustrations “

This is a later edition of a collection originally published in 1837. Contents are:

Vol. 1: Life of Washington [a biography by Jared Sparks]

Part First: Official Letters Relating to the French War, and Private Letters Before the American Revolution
Vol. 2: Correspondence from March 1754 to May 1775, with 14 appendices

Part Second: Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers Relating to the American Revolution
Vol. 3: Correspondence from June 1775 to July 1776, with 15 appendices
Vol. 4: Correspondence from July 1776 to July 1777, with 15 appendices
Vol. 5: Correspondence from July 1777 to July 1778, with 18 appendices
Vol. 6: Correspondence from July 1778 to March 1780, with 8 appendices
Vol. 7: Correspondence from March 1780 to April 1781, with 10 appendices
Vol. 8: Correspondence from April 1781 to December 1783, with 15 appendices

Part Third: Private Letters from the Time Washington Resigned his Commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Army to that of his Inauguration as President of the United States
Vol. 9: Correspondence from December 1783 to April 1789, with 7 appendices

Part Fourth: Letters Official and Private, from the Beginning of his Presidency to the End of his Life
Vol. 10: Correspondence from May 1789 to November 1794, with 23 appendices
Vol. 11: Correspondence from November 1794 to December 1799, with 21 appendices

Part Fifth: Speeches and Messages to Congress, Proclamations, and Addresses
Vol. 12: Speeches to Congress, Messages to Congress, Proclamations, Addresses, 13 appendices, 7 indexes

The American Revolution 1776-1783 (American Nation, Vol. 9)

Harper & Brothers 1905
Van Tyne, Claude HalsteadGo to Book
DDC: 973.3

“The fundamental thought of this volume is that the Revolution was a close struggle, in which the Americans suffered from inexperience and from the difficulty of securing common action, and the British from ineptitude; that to a large degree it was also a civil war, in which the Tories in actual numbers were not far inferior to the patriots.” Editor’s introduction. Contains maps and a critical essay on authorities.”
— Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: History (H.W. Wilson) 1929
Chapter headings are:

1. Fundamental and Immediate Causes (1763-1775)
2. Outbreak of War (1775)
3. Organization of an Army (1775-1776)
4. Spirit of Independence (1775-1776)
5. The Campaign for Independence (1775-1776)
6. New York Accepts the Revolution (1776)
7. Contest for New York City (1776)
8. From the Hudson to the Delaware (1776)
9. Framing New State Governments (1776-1780)
10. Campaigns of Burgoyne and Howe (1777)
11. State Sovereignty and Confederation (1775-1777)
12. French Aid and French Alliance (1775-1778)
13. The Turn in the Tide in England and America (1778)
14. Civil War between Whigs and Tories (1777-1780)
15. The New West (1763-1780)
16. French Aid and American Reverses (1778-1780)
17. European Complications and End of the War (1779-1781)
18. Critical Essay on Authorities

See also: Lodge, Henry Cabot, George Washington in Century Past Biographies: W, X, Y & Z

U.S. Revolution

Camp-fires of the Revolution: or, The War of Independence

Philadelphia: Lindsay and Blakiston 1858
Watson, Henry C.Go to Book
DDC: 973.3


The Yankee Tea-party; or, Boston in 1773

Philadelphia: Lindsay and Blakiston 1852
Watson, Henry C.Go to Book
DDC: 973.3


The Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States (6 volumes)

Washington: Government Printing Office 1889
Wharton, Francis, ed.Go to All Volumes
DDC: 973.3

The system used to organize these volumes is unusual. Volume 1 begins with a name index of 244 pages; one of two keys to the correspondence. Following that are 23 chapters of historical and biographical background, written by the editor. This section begins with a detailed Table of Contents on pp 245-249 and continues through the end of Volume 1.
Volumes 2 through 6 contain the correspondence, beginning with a letter from Benjamin Franklin of 5 February 1775 and ending with a letter from John Jay on 4 March 1785. Volume 6 concludes with a second index, on page 831.

The Reader’s Handbook of the American Revolution 1761-1783

Houghton Mifflin 1879
Winsor, JustinGo to Book
DDC: 973.3

This 300-page volume describes well over one thousand sources of information for the period. Most sections of the book address special events in the conflict, arranged chronologically. The last chapter, “General Records of the War” surveys works that cover the whole period.

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