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A list of key readings about Colonial America.
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Reference

  • Cooke, Jacob Ernest, ed. Encyclopedia of the North American Colonies (3 vol 1993), comprehensive coverage with Spanish, French and Dutch receiving equal attention with British

Scholarly secondary sources

  • Adams, James Truslow. The Founding of New England, (1921)online edition
  • Anderson, Virginia DeJohn. Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America (2005) excerpt and text search
  • Andrews, Charles M. "Colonial Commerce," American Historical Review, 20#1 (October 1914) pp. 43-63 online
  • Andrews, Charles M. Our Earliest Colonial Settlements: Their Diversities of Origin and Later Characteristics (1933) briefly discusses Virginia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland) online edition
  • Andrews, Charles M. Colonial Self-Government, 1652-1689.. (1904) online edition
  • Andrews, Charles M. The Colonial Period of American History, (1934-38) (the standard overview in four volumes) online at ACLS e-books
  • Bailyn, Bernard. Voyagers to the West: a passage in the peopling of America on the eve of the Revolution (1986), winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History
  • Bancroft, George. History of the United States of America, from the discovery of the American continent. 10 vol (1860) online editions
  • Beer, George Louis. "British Colonial Policy, 1754-1765," Political Science Quarterly, vol 22 (March 1907) pp 1-48; online edition
  • Beeman, Richard R. "The Varieties of Political Experience in Eighteenth-Century America (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Berkin, Carol. First Generations: Women in Colonial America (1997) 276pp excerpt and text search
  • Bonomi, Patricia U. Under the Cope of Heaven: Religion, Society, and Politics in Colonial America (1988) (online at ACLS History e-book project)
  • Bonomi, Patricia U. A Factious People: Politics and Society in Colonial New York, (1971) online edition
  • Brown, Kathleen M. Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia (1996) 512pp excerpt and text search
  • Bruce, Philip A. Economic History of Virginia in the Seventeenth Century: An Inquiry into the Material Condition of the People, Based on Original and Contemporaneous Records. (1896), very old fashioned history online edition
  • Carr, Lois Green and Philip D. Morgan. Colonial Chesapeake Society (1991), 524pp excerpt and text search
  • Crane, Verner W. The Southern Frontier, 1670-1732, (1920), online edition
  • Crane, Verner W. "The Southern Frontier in Queen Anne’s War," American Historical Review vol 24, (April 1919) pp 379-95. online edition
  • Craven, Wesley Frank. The Southern Colonies in the Seventeenth Century, 1607–1689 (1949). Vol. I in A History of the South.
  • Gipson, Lawrence. The British Empire Before the American Revolution (15 volumes) (1936-1970), Pulitzer Prize; highly detailed discussion of every British colony in the New World
  • Greene, Evarts Boutelle. Provincial America, 1690-1740, (1935) survey by scholar online edition
  • Hatfield, April Lee. Atlantic Virginia: Intercolonial Relations in the Seventeenth Century (2007) excerpt and text search
  • Illick, Joseph E. Colonial Pennsylvania: A History, (1976) online edition
  • Kammen, Michael. Colonial New York: A History, (2003)
  • Labaree, Benjamin Woods. Colonial Massachusetts: A History, (1979)
  • Kulikoff, Allan. From British Peasants to Colonial American Farmers (2000) online edition
  • Middleton, Richard. Colonial America: A History, 1565-1776 (3rd ed 2002), 576pp excerpt and text search
  • Morgan, Edmund S. American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia (1975) Pulitzer Prizeonline edition
  • Osgood, Herbert L. The American Colonies in the Seventeenth Century. 3 vol (1904-07) online edition
  • Tate, Thad W. Chesapeake in the Seventeenth Century (1980) excerpt and text search
  • Taylor, Alan. American Colonies, (2001) survey by leading scholar excerpt and text search
  • Vickers, Daniel, ed. A Companion to Colonial America. 2003. 576 pp.

Primary sources

  • Kavenagh, W. Keith, ed. Foundations of Colonial America: A Documentary History (1973) 4 vol.
  • Miller, Kerby A., et al eds. Irish immigrants in the land of Canaan: letters and memoirs from colonial and revolutionary America, 1675-1815 (2004) online at ACLS e-books