Autumn Reads

"Indian Summer," Jasper Francis Cropsey, 1866

It’s a glorious fall in New England, and that means it’s time to scout out a few good reads for the snowy days ahead. Here’s a sampling of new releases and forthcoming titles in early American history that I plan to check out. What’s on your fall reading list? And what can you recommend for us to review here?

Emma Anderson, The Death and Afterlife of the North American Martyrs

Catherine W. Bishir, Crafting Lives: African American Artisans in New Bern, North Carolina, 1770-1900

Robin Blackburn, The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights

Douglas Bradburn and John C. Coombs, eds., Early Modern Virginia: Reconsidering the Old Dominion

C.L. Bragg, Crescent Moon over Carolina: William Moultrie and American Liberty

Lawrence Buell, The Dream of the Great American Novel

Colin G. Calloway, Pen and Ink Witchcraft: Treaties and Treaty Making in American Indian History

Catherine Cangany, Frontier Seaport: Detroit’s Transformation into an Atlantic Entrepot

Katy L. Chiles, Transformable Race: Surprising Metamorphoses in the Literature of Early America

Brady J. Crytzer, Guyasuta and the Fall of Indian America

Kevin J. Dellape, America’s First Chaplain: The Life and Times of the Reverend Jacob Duché

Catherine J. Denial, Making Marriage: Husbands, Wives, and the American State in Dakota and Ojibwe Country

Sylviane A. Diouf, Slavery’s Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons

Eric Jay Dolin, When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail

Kathleen Donegan, Seasons of Misery: Catastrophe and Colonial Settlement in Early America

John Donoghue, Fire under the Ashes: An Atlantic History of the English Revolution

Rae Katherine Eighmey, Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen: A Culinary View of Lincoln’s Life and Times

Elizabeth A. Fenn, Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People

John Ferling, Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged a Nation

David T. Gleeson, The Green and the Gray: The Irish in the Confederate States of America

Erica Hannickel, Empire of Vines: Wine Culture in America

Carol Sue Humphrey, The American Revolution and the Press: The Promise of Independence

Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz, The Tie That Bound Us: The Women of John Brown’s Family and the Legacy of Radical Abolitionism

David La Vere, The Tuscarora War: Indians, Settlers, and the Fight for the Carolina Colonies

Lisa A. Lindsay and John Wood Sweet, eds., Biography and the Black Atlantic

Myron Magnet, The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735-1817

Robert M.S. McDonald, ed., Sons of the Father: George Washington and His Protégés

Martha J. McNamara and Georgia B. Barnhill, eds., New Views of New England: Studies in Material and Visual Culture, 1680-1830

James Oakes, Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861–1865

Matthew Warner Osborn, Rum Maniacs: Alcoholic Insanity in the Early American Republic

Peter Pagnamenta, Prairie Fever: British Aristocrats in the American West 1830-1890

Joshua Piker, The Four Deaths of Acorn Whistler: Telling Stories in Colonial America

James D. Rice, Tales from a Revolution: Bacon’s Rebellion and the Transformation of Early America

Paul Schneider, Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History

Tamara Venit Shelton, A Squatter’s Republic: Land and the Politics of Monopoly in California, 1850-1900

 Caleb Smith, The Oracle and the Curse: A Poetics of Justice from the Revolution to the Civil War

Robert Sullivan, My American Revolution: A Modern Expedition Through History’s Forgotten Battlegrounds

Kathleen A. Staples and Madelyn C. Shaw, Clothing through American History: The British Colonial Era

David Samuel Torres-Rouff, Before L.A.: Race, Space, and Municipal Power in Los Angeles, 1781-1894

Geoffrey Treasure, The Huguenots

Elizabeth R. Varon, Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War

William B. Warner, Protocols of Liberty: Communication Innovation and the American Revolution

Stephen Warren, The World the Shawnees Made: Migration and Violence in Early America

Simon Winchester, The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible

Michael Witgen, An Infinity of Nations: How the Native New World Shaped Early North America

4 responses

  1. Thank you for the list. Let me add a title or two:

    * Mark David Hall, ROGER SHERMAN AND THE CREATION OF THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).

    * R. Kent Newmyer, THE TREASON TRIAL OF AARON BURR: LAW, POLITICS, AND THE CHARACTER WARS OF THE NEW NATION (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012).

  2. I’m curious as to whether anyone has read The Men Who Lost America. I found it incredibly scholarly, insightful and artfully written – it’s been a while since I’ve read a work of that overall caliber.


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