Suggested Readings

26. 07. 10For anyone interested in pre-revolutionary America, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of books from which to choose.  The following are my suggestions:


Burke, Thomas E., Mohawk Frontier: The Dutch Community of Schenectady, New York, 1661-1710. Cornell University Press, 1991.

Colden, Cadwallader, The History of the Five Indian Nations Depending on the Province of New-York in America. Cornell University Press, 1964.

Demos, John, The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America. Vintage Books, 1994.

Greer, Allan, ed., The Jesuit Relations: Natives and Missionaries in Seventeenth-Century North America. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2000.

Jennings, Francis, The Ambiguous Iroquois Empire. W.W. Norton & Company, 1984.

Merwick, Donna, Possessing Albany, 1630-1710: The Dutch and English Experiences. Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Shorto, Russell, The Island at the Center of the World. Random House, Inc. 2004.

Venema, Janny, Beverwijck: A Dutch Village on the American Frontier, 1652-1664. State University of New York Press, 2003.


Boyden, Joseph, The Orenda.

Cooper, James Fenimore, The Deerslayer, The Last of the Mohicans and The Pathfinder.  (Cooper’s other Leatherstocking Tales, The Pioneers and The Prairie are post-revolution.)

Edmonds, Walter D., Drums along the Mohawk and In the Hands of the Seneca.

Moore, Brian, Black Robe.

Roberts, Kenneth, Northwest Passage.

Zimmerman, Jean, The Orphanmaster: A Novel of Early Manhattan.