Colonial American History
OUR CURRENT BOOK
The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675 by Bernard Bailyn
- Dr. Bailyn currently Adams University Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University, where he has taught since 1953. Bailyn is recognized as a leading American historian, teacher and writer. His influence and that of his students continues to have a major impact on the study of American and Atlantic History.
- Other recommended works by Bernard Bailyn
- Please Read: Suggestions on how to Meaningfully and Constructively Participate in our History Reading Groups
- The JuntoCast, Ep. 12: Bailyn’s “Ideological Origins of the American Revolution”
- Bernard Bailyn Lecture – 2010
- Bernard Bailyn Makes an Art of the Writing of History
- How Ghastly Were the Beginnings of European America? The Savage New World Review of The Barbarous Years by Alan Taylor – February 19, 2013
- The Barbarous Years – New York Times Review
- Bernard Bailyn C-SPAN Videos
READING TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Colonial American History Primary Sources
- Colonial American History Articles and Resources
- Click Here For Our Complete Colonial American History Reading List
Our Next Book Will Be…
JOURNALS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST
- Journal of Early American History
- Early American Studies
- William and Mary Quarterly
- Sixteenth Century Journal
- The Seventeenth Century Journal
THE BOOKS I WOULD LIKE US TO CONSIDER READING ARE:
- The First Frontier by Scott Weidensaul (completed)
- Before The Revolution by Daniel Richter (completed)
- American Colonies by Alan Taylor (Our Current Book)
- The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675 by Bernard Bailyn
- American Slavery, American Freedom by Edmund S. Morgan
- New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America
- Frontier Country: The Politics of War in Early Pennsylvania by Patrick Spero
- The Short Life of Free Georgia: Class and Slavery in the Colonial South by Noeleen McIlvenna
- The Tuscarora War: Indians, Settlers, and the Fight for the Carolina Colonies by David La Vere
- New England Nation: The Country the Puritans Built by Bruce C. Daniels
- The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto
- The World, the Flesh, and the Devil: A History of Colonial St. Louis by Patricia Cleary
- A Factious People: Politics and Society in Colonial New York by Patricia U. Bonomi
- A Colony Sprung from Hell: Pittsburgh and the Struggle for Authority on the Western Pennsylvania Frontier, 1744–1794 by Daniel P. Barr
- Harlots, Hussies, and Poor Unfortunate Women: Crime, Transportation, and the Servitude of Female Convicts, 1718-1783 by Edith M. Ziegler
- Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619-1807 by Gregory E. O’Malley
- Under the Cope of Heaven: Religion, Society, and Politics in Colonial America by Patricia U. Bonomi
- The Pueblo Revolt of 1680: Conquest and Resistance in Seventeenth-Century New Mexico by Andrew L. Knaut
- At the Crossroads: Indians and Empires on a Mid-Atlantic Frontier, 1700-1763 by Jane T. Merritt
- Brethren by Nature by Margaret Ellen Newell
- Carolina in Crisis: Cherokees, Colonists, and Slaves in the American Southeast, 1756-1763 by Daniel J. Tortora
- Sugar and Slaves: The Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624-1713 by Richard S. Dunn
COLONIAL AMERICAN HISTORY PUBLISHED PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENT COLLECTIONS
- The Old Dominion in the Seventeenth Century: A Documentary History of Virginia, 1606-1700 by Warren M. Billings
- Captain John Smith: Writings with Other Narratives of Roanoke, Jamestown, and the First English Settlement of America by Captain John Smith and James Horn
- Major Problems in American Colonial History by Karen Ordahl Kupperman
- A Documentary History of Religion in America to 1877 by Edwin S. Gaustad (Editor)
- Winthrop’s Journal, History of New England by John Winthrop
All the works are college level in scholarship, well written and intended to be accessible to the general reading public and could easily be read by interested high school students.
The books come in an accessible format, so if you use text to speech for a vision impairment this will not be a problem. Some of the books are available through the Nation Library Service for the Blind. All are available in print from your local public library (possibly through inter-library loan).
I am open to changing books if their is a group consensus.
If someone discovers they are more drawn to the supplemental reading than the primary book wonderful. Please share what you find meaningful with the group.
I hope we find a group of open minded, intellectually curious and active individuals. I don’t mind if we’re quiet, but I hope we are meaningful. It is my intention to act as a moderator/facilitator/participant, not as a teacher. Ideally the group will self moderating and sustaining.
There are wonderful episodes in American History. There are tragic and shameful episodes in American History. Honestly studying history is learning about both, not ignoring one or pretending the other does not exist.