Colonial Americas to ca. 1815

Nathan Perl-Rosenthal


European-Native Relations, Contact to Borderlands
Cabeza de Vaca. Narrative of Cabeza de Vaca (2003)
Haefeli, Evan and Kevin Sweeney. Captors and Captives (2003)
Lepore, Jill. The Name of War (1998)
Richter, Daniel. The Ordeal of the Longhouse: Change and Persistence on the Iroquois Frontier, 1609-1720 (1984)
White, Richard. The Middle Ground (1991)

Atlantic Africa
Berlin, Ira. “From Creole to African: Atlantic Creoles…,” WMQ (1996)
Equiano, Olaudah. Narrative
Sweet, James. “The Iberian Roots of American Racist Thought,” WMQ (1997)
Thornton, John. Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World (1992)

England: Glorious Revolution and State-Building
Braddick, Michael. State Formation in Early Modern England (2000) [introduction]
Brewer, John. Sinews of Power (1989)
Colley, Linda. Britons: Forging the Nation (1992)
Harris, Tim. “The people, the law, and the constitution in Scotland and England: a comparative approach to the Glorious Revolution” J Brit Stud (1999)
Pocock, J.G.A. “Empire, state and confederation: the War of American Independence as a crisis in multiple monarchy” in The Discovery of Islands (orig. 1995)
Steele, Ian. The English Atlantic (1986)
Wilson, Kathleen. The Sense of the People (1995)

English (and then American) Culture in the Seventeenth-Century
Breen, T.H. “Horses and Gentlemen: The Cultural Significance of Gambling Among the Gentry of Virginia” WMQ (1977)
Bushman, Richard. “Markets and Composite Farms in Early America” WMQ (1998)
Cressy, David. Bonfires and Bells (1990)
Lake, Peter and David Como. ““Orthodoxy” and Its Discontents: Dispute Settlement and the Production of “Consensus” in the London (Puritan) “Underground”” J Brit St (2000)
Hall, David. Worlds of Wonder, Days of Judgment (1989)
Hill, Christopher. The World Turned Upside-Down (1972)
Muldrew, Craig. “The Culture of Reconciliation: Community and the Settlement of Economic Disputes in Early Modern England” Hist J (1996)
Muldrew, Craig. “Credit and the Courts: Debt Litigation in a Seventeenth-Century Urban Community” Econ Hist Rev (1993)
Pocock, J.G.A. Machiavellian Moment (1975)
Robbins, Caroline. The Eighteenth-Century Commonwealthmen (1959)
Winship, Michael. Making Heretics (2002)
Young, Alfred F. “English Plebian Culture and Eighteenth-Century American Radicalism.” In The Origins of Anglo-American Radicalism, ed. Margaret Jacob and James Jacob.


Trade, War and Empire in the Americas
Anderson, Fred. Crucible of War (2000)
Anderson, Fred. “A People’s Army” WMQ (1986)
Armitage, David. Ideological Origins of the British Empire (2000)
Bailyn, Bernard. Peopling of British North America: An Introduction (1986)
Elliott, J.H. Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America (2006)
Hancock, David. Citizens of the World (1995)
Norton, In the Devil’s Snare
Pares, Richard. War and Trade in the West Indies…1739-63 (1936)

The Development of North American Regions
Beeman, Richard. Varieties of Political Experience in 18th C. America (2004)
Bonomi, Patricia. A Factious People (1971)
Bushman, Richard. King and People in Provincial Massachusetts (1985)
Cronon, William. Changes in the Land (1983)
Fischer, D.H. Albion’s Seed (1989)
Greene, Jack. Peripheries and Center…1607-1788 (1986)
Vickers, Daniel. Farmers and Fishermen (1994)
Zuckerman, Michael. “The Social Context of Democracy in Massachusetts.” WMQ (1968)

Struggles for Land, North and South
Brewer, Holly. “Entailing Aristocracy in Colonial Virginia.” WMQ (1997)
Gallay, Alan. The Formation of a Planter Elite (1989)
McConville, Brendan. Daring Disturbers of the Public Peace (1999)
Taylor, Alan. ““A Kind of Warr”: The Contest for Land on the Northeast Frontier, 1750-1820” WMQ (1989)

Slavery, Plantations and Anti-Slavery in the Americas
Brown, Chris. Moral Capital (2006)
Carroll, Patrick. Blacks in Colonial Veracruz (1991) – regional study
Davis, David B. Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution (1975)
Dunn, Richard. Sugar and Slaves…1624-1713 (1972)
Klein, Herbert. Slavery in the Americas (1967)
Morgan, Edmund S. American Slavery, American Freedom (1975).
Morgan, Philip. “Work and Culture” WMQ (1982)
Sobel, Mechal. The World They Made Together (1987)
Wood, Peter. Black Majority (1974)

Between Black and White: Free Coloreds North and South
Johnson, Michael P. and James Roark. Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South (1984)
King, Stewart. Blue Coat or Powdered Wig: Free People of Color in Pre-Revolutionary Saint-Domingue (2004)
Nash, Gary. Forging Freedom (1988)

Religion and the Shaping of the Colonies
Bonomi, Patricia. Under the Cope of Heaven (1986)
Butler, Jon. Awash in a Sea of Faith (1990)
Heimert, Alan. Religion and the American Mind (1966)
Isaac, Rhys. “Evangelical Revolt: the Nature of the Baptist Challenge to the Traditional Order in Virginia, 1765-1775” WMQ (1974)
Kidd, Thomas. The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America (2007)
Murrin, John. “Coming to Terms with the Salem Witch Trials” PAAS (2000)
Winiarski, ““Pale Blewish Lights” and a Dead Man’s Groan: Tales of the Supernatural from Eighteenth-Century Plymouth” WMQ (1998)

The American Enlightenment
Bushman, Richard. Refinement of America (1992)
Shields, David. Civil Tongues and Polite Letters (1997)
Warner, Michael. Letters of the Republic (1990)


Origins of the Revolution: the Social Interpretations
Beard, Charles A. An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States (1913)
Carp, Benjamin. Rebels Rising: Cities and the American Revolution (2007)
Dickerson, Oliver Morton. The Navigation Acts and the American Revolution (1951)
Hartz, Louis. The Liberal Tradition in America (1955)
Hoerder, Dirk. Crowd Action in Revolutionary Massachusetts, 1765-1780 (1977)
Lemisch, Jesse. “Jack Tar in the Streets: New York's Merchant Seamen in the Politics of Revolutionary America.” WMQ (1968)
Linebaugh, Peter and Marcus Rediker. The Many-Headed Hydra (2000)
McCusker, John J. Rum and the American Revolution: The Rum Trade and the Balance of Payments of the Thirteen Continental Colonies
Murrin, John and Behrtoff, “Feudalism, Communalism, and the Yeoman Frontier” (1973)
Nash, Gary. Urban Crucible (1979)

Origins of the Revolution: the Ideological Interpretations
Bailyn, Bernard. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (1967)
Hatch, Nathan. The Sacred Cause of Liberty (1977)
Maier, Pauline. American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence (1997)
Maier, Pauline. From Resistance to Revolution (1972)
Morgan, Edmund S. “The American Revolution: Revisions in Need of Revising.” WMQ (1957)
Morgan, Edmund S. Inventing the People: the Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America (1988)
Morgan, Edmund S. and Helen M. Morgan. The Stamp Act Crisis: Prologue to Revolution (1953)
Rodgers, Daniel T. “Republicanism: The Career of a Concept.” JAH (1992)
Wood, Gordon S. The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 (1969)
Wood, Gordon S. Radicalism of the American Revolution (1992)

Origins of the Revolution: New Perspectives
Breen, T. H. “Ideology and Nationalism on the Eve of the American Revolution: Revisions Once More in Need of Revising.” JAH (1997)
Breen, T.H. Marketplace of Revolution (2004)
Holton, Woody. Forced Founders (1999)
McConville, Brendan. The King’s Three Faces (2006)
Murrin, “Self-Immolation”

Fighting the Revolution: War and Violence
Carp, B. “The Night the Yankees Burned Broadway” EAS (2006)
Royster, Charles. A Revolutionary People at War (1979)
Smolenski, John and Thomas Humphrey, eds. New World Orders: Violence, Sanction, and Authority in the Colonial Americas (2005)


The American and French Revolutions
Bowman, Alfred. Struggle for Neutrality (1974)
DeConde, Alexander. Quasi-War (1966)
Dull, Jonathan R. The French Navy and American Independence (1975)
Higonnet, Patrice. Sister Republics (1988)
Hill, Peter. French Perceptions of the Early American Republic (1988)
Palmer, R. R. The Age of the Democratic Revolution (1959-64)
Schama, Simon. Citizens (1989; first chapters only)

Nationalism in the New Nation
Foner, Eric. Tom Paine and Revolutionary America (1976)
McDonald, Forrest. Novus ordo saeclorum (1985)
Pencak, Riot and Revelry in Early America (2002)
Waldstreicher, David. In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes (1997)

The Struggle for the Republic, 1790s-1810s
Appleby, Joyce. Capitalism and a New Social Order (1984)
Banning, Lance. Jeffersonian Persuasion (1978)
Elkins, Stanley and Eric McKitrick. Age of Federalism (1993)
Kerber, Linda. Federalists in Dissent (1970)
McCoy, Drew. Elusive Republic (1980)
Pasley, Jeffrey L., Andrew W. Robertson, and David Waldstreicher. Beyond the Founders: New Approaches to the Political History of the Early American Republic (2004)
Shankman, Andrew. Crucible of American Democracy (2004)

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