Colonial America: 1587 to 1763
…a Youth Services Homework Helper

print thisThis Homework Helper provides students with excellent sources for papers and research projects principally on Colonial America from 1587 to 1763. Included are reference books to use in the Library, books to checkout, electronic resources, websites, and historical fiction books. Many of these sources embrace the understanding that the Native Americans lived in the Americas for thousands of years and were instrumental in the survival of the colonies.

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Reference Books to Use in the Library

Copeland, Peter F. Working Dress in Colonial and Revolutionary America. 1977.
J REF 391.04 C
Presents the style of clothing most likely worn by the "working class," from 1710 through 1810. Includes seafarers and fishermen, farmers and rural workers, craftsmen and urban workers, tradesmen and peddlers, frontiersmen and pioneers, transportation workers, public servants, soldiers and militia men, professionals, house servants, and indentured servants and slaves. Includes bibliographical references, glossary, and index.
Exploring American History: From Colonial Times to 1877. 2008. 11 Volumes.
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Covers the time period of 1550 to 1877, with topics in alphabetical order. Includes primary-sources, glossaries, bibliographical references and indexes.
Hakim, Joy. A History of Us, v.2: Making Thirteen Colonies 1600-1740. 2003.
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Covers the thirteen original colonies in a different way: explanations why tobacco became a leading export and not silk; not all colonists wore somber styles and colors; cranberries and pumpkin pie were not eaten at the first Thanksgiving (no sugar available); poems, quotations, and much more. Includes chronology of events, pictures, bibliographical references, and index.
Plymouth, courtesy of Clipart ETC @ University of South Florida
Site of first church and Governor Bradford's house at Plymouth
Moss, Joyce and George Wilson. Profiles in American History: Significant Events and the People Who Shaped Them, v.1: Exploration to Revolution. 1994.
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Describes noteworthy individuals who shaped United States history during Colonization and the French and Indian War. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Warner, J. F. (John F.) Colonial American Home Life. 1993.
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Discusses why people settled in the American colonies, and aspects of their daily lives, including homes, clothing, food, work, school, and amusements. Includes glossary, bibliographical references, and index.
Warwick, Edward. Early American Dress: The Colonial and Revolutionary Periods. 1965.
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Reflects on the time period by looking at the clothing: the European background, Virginia (1607-1675), New England background (1620-1675), Dutch in New York (1623-1675), Growth and Change in the Colonies (1675-1775), and Pennsylvania (and the Quakers). Includes bibliographical references and index.
Worrell, Estelle Ansley. Children's Costume in America, 1607-1910. 1980.
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Offers a comprehensive survey of three centuries of children's wear in America. Covers babies to teens and also includes toys, furniture, carriages, and sleds. Shows 300 individuals in full-page group illustrations. Includes table of contents.
The Young Reader's Companion to American History. 1994.
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Surveys United States history in alphabetical order, for examples, Colonial America, Pilgrims, Puritans, and the Seven Years War (The French and Indian War). Includes maps, tables, and index.

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General Books to Check Out

Allman, Melinda. Primary Sources (Thirteen Colonies series). 2002.
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Contains Timeline, The Colonies' Origins, Forming the Colonies, Life in the Colonies, The Fight for Independence, and A New Nation Emerges. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Edward Winslow, courtesy of Clipart ETC @ University of South Florida
Edward Winslow, pilgrim and a leader of the Plymouth colony
Collier, Christopher and James Lincoln Collier. Pilgrims and Puritans, 1620-1676. (The Drama of American History series). 1998.
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Recounts the religious, political, and social history of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and its influence on our lives today. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Dean, Ruth and Melissa Thomson. Life in the American Colonies. (The Way People Live series). 1999.
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Discusses country and city life in the American colonies; professions; thoughts on slavery; science; technology; health; and encountering the Native Americans. Includes bibliographic references and index.
DuPrau, Jeanne. The American Colonies. (Daily Life series). 2002.
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Presents the social life and customs of the colonists: At home, work, church, school, and amusements. Includes glossary, bibliographic references and index.
Fradin, Dennis B. The Mayflower Compact. (Turning Points in U.S. History series). 2007.
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Contains They Were Strangers and Pilgrims on the Earth; The Trip Across the Ocean; The Mayflower Compact; and The Compact Helps Plymouth Survive and Grow. Includes timeline, bibliographical references and index.
Haskins, James and Kathleen Bensen. Building a New Land: African Americans in Colonial America. 2001.
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Discusses the changing roles, rights, and contributions of African-Americans during the colonial period, from 1607 to 1763. Includes Milestones in Black History in Colonial America, oil-and-wash paintings, bibliographical references, and index.
Larkin, Tanya. Sir Francis Drake. 2001.
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Describes the life and explorations of the seaman, Francis Drake, the first Englishman to sail around the world. Includes glossary and index.
Lukes, Bonnie L. Colonial America. 2000.
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Discusses settlement in colonial America and life in the thirteen colonies. Includes important dates, bibliographical references and index.
Nobleman, Marc Tyler. The Thirteen Colonies. (We the People series). 2002.
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Introduces the European immigrants who came to North America as explorers and settlers, their interactions with native people, and the wars that led to their independence. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Philbrick, Nathaniel. The Mayflower and the Pilgrims' New World. 2008.
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The Mayflower, courtesy of Clipart ETC @ University of South Florida.
The Mayflower, the ship the
Pilgrims took to America
Highlights both the Pilgrims' determination to settle in a place where they could worship freely and the perilous journey taken to achieve it. Also helps separate "fact from legend" to create a realistic portrayal of the Pilgrims first 50 years in America. (Encounters with Native Americans are usually quite bloody; however, the author is careful not to lay blame on any one group or person.) Includes maps, reproductions of historical documents, and index.
Steins, Richard. Colonial America. 2000.
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Descibes the daily life and important events in the American colonies during the time of British rule. Includes glossary, timeline, bibliographical references and index.
Thompson, Linda. The First Settlements. (Expansion of America series). 2006.
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Contains The New World, Fins, Furs, and Colonists, Roanoke and Jamestown, The Puritans, and Planting the Seeds of Democracy. Includes timeline, key people, bibliographical references and index.
Tunis, Edwin. Colonial Living. 1957.
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Describes the industries, schools, society, culture, and growth of the colonies, in the 16th and 17th centuries. Includes 157 illustrations and table of contents.
Worth, Richard. Colonial America: Building Toward Independence. (The American Saga series). 2006.
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Presents Opening a New Land; The New English Settlements; Trade, Agriculture, and Slavery; Colonial Society; Colonial Government; and The Coming of Independence. Includes timeline, chapter notes, glossary, bibliographical references and index.
Yero, Judith Lloyd. The Mayflower Compact. 2006.
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Introduces the settlement of Plymouth Colony and the writing of the Mayflower Compact. Includes primary source documents, The Mayflower Compact, and the Charter of the Colony of New Plymouth. Strips away "layers of myth about the landfall of the Mayflower and the first Thanksgiving." Includes sidebars, table of contents, and index.

The Thirteen Original English Colonies

Book series on the Thirteen Original Colonies include the following:

Many of the colonial series extend beyond the French and Indian War and into the Revolutionary War Period.

New England Colonies: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire (includes Early English Settlements)

Bradford, William. Pilgrim Courage: From a Firsthand Account. 1962.
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Gives "selected episodes from his (William Bradford) original history of Plimouth Plantation and passages from the journals of William Bradford and Edward Winslow." Includes table of contents and index. [Early English Settlement]
Burgan, Michael. Connecticut: 1614-1776. (Voices from Colonial America series). 2007.
J 974.602 B
Covers the history of Connecticut from its beginning as an English colony to 1788 when it became the fifth state. Includes archival images, historical maps, and first-person accounts. Also includes bibliographical references, timeline, and index.
Doak, Robin S. Rhode Island. (Life in the Thirteen Colonies series). 2004.
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Presents Discovery; A Place of Refuge; The Providence Plantations; A Thriving Colony; Uniting Behind a Cause; and The Fight for Freedom. Includes timeline, glossary, bibliographical references, and index.
Harness, Cheryl. The Adventurous Life of Myles Standish and the Amazing-But-True Survival Story of Plymouth Colony. 2006.
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Chronicles the history of the Plymouth Pilgrims from their troubles in England to their first years in North America, with the emphasis on Standish. Explains religious movements, introduces key movements, key figures, and Pilgrim-Native American relationships. Includes bibliographical references and index. [Early English Settlement]
Myles Standish, courtesy of Clipart ETC @ University of South Florida.
Myles Standish (1584-1656), American Pilgrim leader
Landau, Elaine. Celebrate the First Thanksgiving with Elaine Landau . 2006.
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Focuses on Plymouth Colony and the wooden ship, named the Mayflower, which first brought the Pilgrims to the area now known as Cape Cod. Includes timeline, bibliographical references, and index. [Early English Settlement]
McDermott, Jesse. Rhode Island: 1636-1776. (Voices from Colonial America series). 2006.
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Discusses The Settlement at Providence; Relations with Native Americans; The Settlement on Aquidneck; Becoming a Colony; King Philip's War; Life and Growth in the Early 18th Century; Revolution Calling; and Revolution and Union. Includes quotations, timeline, bibliographical references and index.
Teitelbaum, Michael. New Hampshire. (Life in the Thirteen Colonies series). 2004.
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Presents The Europeans Arrive; First Settlements; Daily Life; Times of Turmoil; A Growing Colony; Bracing for War; The Revolutionary War; and Statehood. Includes timeline, glossary, bibliographical references, and index.
Wiener, Roberta. Massachusetts: The History of Massachusetts Colony, 1620-1776. (13 Colonies series). 2005.
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Begins with Plymouth Colony; Massachusetts in 1620; Massachusetts Bay Colony; Colonial Life; A Growing Population Leads to War; The English Government Exerts Control; The French and Indian War; A Matter of Taxes; and From Boycott to Battlefield. Includes bibliographical references, illustrations and paintings, dateline, glossary, and index.

Middle Colonies: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware

Hinman, Bonnie. Pennsylvania: William Penn and the City of Brotherly Love. (Building America series). 2006.
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Traces the founding of Pennsylvania, which was originally given to William Penn by King Charles II as repayment for a loan. Includes glossary, bibliographical references, and index.
William Penn, courtesy of Clipart ETC @ University of South Florida
William Penn as a young man
Kupperberg, Paul. A Primary Source History of the Colony of New York. (Primary Sources of the Thirteen Colonies and the Lost Colony series). 2006.
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Discusses Henry Hudson and the Dutch West India Company; Dutch New York; British New York; The Road to Revolution; and From America's First Capital to America's Foremost City. Includes timeline, glossary, bibliographical references, and timeline.
McNeese, Tim. New Amsterdam. (Colonial Settlements in America series). 2007.
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Recounts the founding, early years, and prominent figures who helped establish this Dutch settlement, which was surrendered, to the English, in 1664, and renamed New York, in honor of James Stuart, the Duke of York. Includes chronology, timeline, bibliographical references and index. (Grades 7-8)
Price Hossell, Karen. Delaware: 1638-1776. (Voices from Colonial America series). 2006.
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Contains First Encounters; The Swedish and Dutch Compete; The Lower Counties on the Delaware; The Lower Colonies Grow; and The Road to Independence. Includes timeline, bibliographical references, and index.
Sherrow, Victoria. Pennsylvania. (The Thirteen Colonies series). 2002.
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Presents A Welcoming Land; William Penn's 'Holy Experiment;' Life in the Pennsylvania Colony; and Revolutionary Wars. Includes chronology, bibliographical references, and index.
Sterngass, Jon and Mathew Kachur. New Jersey. (Life in the Thirteen Colonies series). 2004.
J 974.902 S
Contains An English Colony; The Garden Colony, Merchants, Miners, and Craftsmen; Tensions in the Colony; The Movement for Independence; and Crossroads of the Revolution. Includes timeline, glossary, bibliographical references, and index.

Southern Colonies: Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia

Belval, Brian. A Primary Source History of the Lost Colony of Roanoke. (Primary Sources of the Thirteen Colonies and the Lost Colony series). 2006. [Early Settlement, off the coast of present-day North Carolina.]
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George Calvert (Lord Baltimore), courtesy of Clipart ETC @ University of South Florida
George Calvert
(1580-1632), founder of Maryland colony in 1632
Reports the history of the settlement, which started in 1587, and disappeared by the time its governor, John White, returned from England, with supplies. Uses primary sources to study the mystery of Roanoke Colony. Includes maps, bibliographical references, and index.
Burgan, Michael. Maryland. (Life in the Thirteen Colonies series). 2004.
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Presents the history of this English colony and tells the story of people seeking freedom, which included slaves brought to the colony by force, religious groups, and colonists fighting for freedom from English rule. Includes timeline, glossary, bibliographical references, and index.
Cooper, Michael L. Jamestown, 1607. [Early Settlement]
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Travels through the history of this first English colony, from April 26, 1607, when colonists and sailors reached landfall, through John Smith's encounter with Pocahontas and her father, Powhatan, to Smith's return to England. Includes timeline, bibliographical references and index.
Doak, Robin S. and Robert Olwell, PH.D. South Carolina: 1540-1776. (Voices from Colonial America series). 2007.
J 975.702 D
Covers the history of South Carolina from its beginning as an English colony to 1788, when it became the eighth state. Includes first-person accounts, timeline, bibliographical references, and index.
Doherty, Craig A. and Katherine M. Doherty. North Carolina. (The Thirteen Colonies series). 2005.
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Describes the native cultures, early English settlements, trouble with poor harbors, Indian wars and pirates, Royal Colony of North Carolina, road to revolution, and the War of Independence. Includes timeline, bibliographical references, and index.
James Oglethorpe, courtesy of Clipart ETC @ University of South Florida
James Oglethorpe, who established the chartered colony of Georgia
Harkins, Susan Sales and William H. Harkins. Georgia: The Debtors Colony. (Building America series). 2007.
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Describes the founding and early history of this English colony. Discusses the horrible conditions of the prisons in England, the steps James Oglethorpe took to improve conditions, and the start of the new colony with former prisoners. Includes chronology, glossary, bibliographical references, and index.
McNeese, Tim. Williamsburg. (Colonial Settlements in America series). 2007. [Early Settlement]
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Covers the history of the colonial settlement. Includes chronology, timeline, bibliographical references, and index. (Grades 7-8)
Mountjoy, Shane. Philadelphia. (Colonial Settlements in America series). [Early Settlement] 2007.
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Describes the peaceful meeting of the newly appointed governor, William Penn, with local Native American Delaware Tribe leaders, in 1682; early European exploration, the Penn Family, Penn in America, and the rise of Philadelphia. Includes chronology, timeline, bibliographical references, and index. (Grades 7-8)
Sonneborn, Liz. A Primary Source History of the Colony of Maryland. (Primary Sources of the Thirteen Colonies and the Lost Colony series). 2006.
J 975.202 S
Contains Beginnings; Troubling Times; Falling in Pieces; Changing Times; Prosperity; Growing Discontent; and From Colony To State. Includes timeline, glossary, bibliographical references, and index.
Wiener, Roberta and James R. Arnold. Georgia: The History of the Georgia Colony, 1732-1776. (13 Colonies series). 2005.
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Covers Georgia in 1733; A Unique Vision; Beginnings in Savannah; The Colony Expands; The Spanish War; Everyday Life; and Revolution. Includes dateline, glossary, bibliographic references, and index.
Wiener, Roberta and James R. Arnold. Virginia: The History of Virginia Colony, 1607-1776. (13 Colonies series). 2005.
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Provides a detailed look at the formation of the colony, and its government and history. Includes a prologue on world events, in 1607. Also contains dateline, glossary, bibliographical references, and index.
Worth, Richard. South Carolina. (Life in the Thirteen Colonies series). 2004.
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Shows the four groups of people who shaped the South Carolina Colony: Indian peoples living in this land for thousands of years, rich European farmers building plantations, slaves forced to work for plantation owners, and simple backcountry farmers coming for freedom and opportunity. Includes timeline, glossary, bibliographical references, and index.

Clash Between England and France

In Europe, the war was known as the Seven Years' War. Americans called it the French and Indian War (1755-1763).

Laager, Hollie. The French and Indian War. 2007.
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Covers the reasons for the war and the participants involved, including 21-year-old George Washington. Includes timeline, eight brief biographies, glossary, bibliographical references, and index.
Maestro, Betsy. Struggle for a Continent: The French and Indian Wars, 1689-1763. 2000.
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Discusses the relations between the European colonists and the Native Americans, and the disputes between settlers from France, England, and Spain, and the role these conflicts played in the history of North America. Includes index.
Marrin, Albert. Struggle for a Continent: The French and Indian Wars, 1690-1760. 1987.
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Describes three very different peoples who took part in the struggle for North America: Native Americans, French, and English. Also describes King William's War (1689-1697); Queen Anne's War (1702-1713); King's George's War (1755-1763); and the French and Indian War (1755-1763).
Peter Stuyvesant, courtesy of Clipart ETC @ University of South Florida.
Peter Stuyvesant, protesting vehemently against the signing of a treaty of surrender to the English
McClung, Robert M. Young George Washington and the French and Indian War, 1753-1758. 2002.
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Presents the "very young" George Washington as making mistakes and suffering his first military defeat. Uses Washington's diaries to tell the story of the 21-year-old Virginian who "took on military responsibilities far beyond his ability." Includes bibliographical references and index.
Santella, Andrew. The French and Indian War. 2004.
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Describes the events and participants in a war that was fought to gain control of an important waterway: the Forks of the Ohio, where the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers meet. Includes timeline, important people, bibliographical references, and index.
Smolinski, Diane. Battles of the French and Indian War. 2003.
J 973.26 S
Discusses a few of many conflicts important in deciding the outcome for control of the North American continent. Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Biographies

Many of these biographies are part of a series:

Burgan, Michael. Roger Williams: Founder of Rhode Island. (Signature Lives series). 2006.
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Looks at the first American leader to support the separation of church and state and Founder of Rhode Island, after being banned from Massachusetts Bay Colony, for his beliefs. Includes glossary, bibliographical references and index.
Gaustad, Edwin S. Roger Williams: Prophet of Liberty. (Oxford Portraits series). 2001.
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Includes chronology, bibliographical references, and index. Contains The Restless Puritan; With the Native Americans; Founder of Rhode Island; The Champion of Religious Liberty; Roger Williams and America. Includes chronology, bibliographical references and index.
Captain John Smith, courtesy of Clipart ETC @ University of South Florida.
Captain John Smith (1580-1631), English leader of Jamestown colony

Cotton Mather, courtesy of Clipart ETC @ the University of South Florida
Cotton Mather (1663-1728), an author and clergyman whose writings lead to the Salem Witch trials
Hirschfelder, Arlene B. Squanto, 1585?-1622. (American Indian Biographies series). 2004.
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Presents the Patuxet Indian who served as translator to the Pilgrims of Plymouth, in present day Massachusetts, and aided them in establishing a successful colony, in the early 1600s. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Krizner, L.J. Peter Stuyvesant: New Amsterdam and the Origins of New York. 2001.
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Dispels some of the legends about this Dutch leader, who ruled with an "iron fist" and, nonetheless, loved New Amsterdam and its people, staying on after the colony fell to the British. Includes illustrations, maps, paintings, and quotes from primary sources.
Lutz, Norma Jean. Cotton Mather: Author, Clergyman, and Scholar. (Colonial Leaders series). 2000.
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Discusses Cotton Mather's heritage, religious views, part in the Salem Witch Trials, authorship, loss of family members, interest in science and medicine, and his death. Includes glossary, chronology, colonial time line, bibliographical references, and index.
Lutz, Norma Jean. Increase Mather: Clergyman and Scholar. (Colonial Leaders series). 2001.
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Contains The Mathers in Colonial Boston [father of Cotton Mather]; Increase in England; A Leader in Boston; Diplomat in England; Troubles in the Colonies; and The Final Years. Includes glossary, chronology, colonial timeline, bibliographical references, and index.
Marcovitz, Hal. John Smith: Explorer and Colonial Leader. (Explorers of New Worlds series). 2002.
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Tries to sort out the true story of John Smith's relationship with Pocahontas, daughter of the Algonquian Indian chief, Powhatan. Also discusses his life in England and his part in establishing Jamestown. Includes chronology, glossary, bibliographical references and index.
Robinson, J. Dennis. Lord Baltimore: Founder of Maryland. (Signature Lives series). 2006.
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Presents Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore, who protected the religious freedom of people in Maryland, the faraway colony he established and governed but never visited. Includes life and time dates, glossary, bibliographical references, and index.

Somervill, Barbara A. William Penn: Founder of Pennsylvania. (Signature Lives series). 2006.
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Includes Planting the Seeds of a Nation; A Comfortable Childhood; Penn, the Quaker; Standing Up for Justice; A Charter from the King; For Sale: Pennsylvania; Philadelphia; The Lenni Lenape; and Lord Baltimore. Includes timeline, glossary, bibliographical references and index.
Stille, Darlene R. Anne Hutchinson: Puritan Protester. (Signature Lives series). 2006.
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Tells the story of her banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for standing up for her beliefs, which opposed the Puritan leaders. Includes timeline, glossary, bibliographical references and index.

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Historical Fiction

Bruchac, Joseph. The Winter People. 2002.
As the French and Indian War rages in October 1759, Saxso, a 14-year-old Abenaki boy, pursues the English rangers who have attacked his village and taken his mother and sisters hostage. (Grades 5-9; 168 pages)
Carbone, Elisa Lynn. Blood on the River: James Town 1607. 2006.
Traveling to the New World in 1606 as the page to Captain John Smith, 12-year-old orphan Samuel Collier settles into the new colony of James Town, in the midst of political intrigues and a harrowing first winter. (Grades 5-7; 237 pages)
Cooney, Caroline B. The Ransom of Mercy Carter. 2001.
In 1704, in the English settlement of Deerfield, Massachusetts, 11-year-old Mercy and her family and neighbors are captured by Mohawk Indians and their French allies, and forced to march through bitter cold to French Canada, where some adapt to new lives and some still hope to be ransomed. [Includes repeated sensationalized references to scalping.] (Grades 6-10; 249 pages)
Cooper, James Fenimore and N.C. Wyeth, Il. The Last of the Mohicans. Abridgement copyright 2002.
Chingachgook and Uncas, the last living members of the Mohican tribe, and Hawkeye, a colonial scout, take great risks to lead the two daughters of a British colonel to safety during the French and Indian War. When the girls are captured by the vicious Huron tribe, the three friends are once again in extreme danger as they try to rescue them. (Grades 3-5; 51 pages)
Duble, Kathleen Benner. The Sacrifice. 2005.
Two sisters, aged 10 and 12, are accused of witchcraft in Andover, Massachusetts, and await trial in a terrible prison in 1692. Their pregnant mother desperately searches for some way to obtain their freedom. [Based, in part, on the author's family history.] (211 pages)
Harrah, Madge. My Brother, My Enemy. 1997.
Determined to avenge the massacre of his family, 14-year-old Robert Bradford joins Nathaniel Bacon's rebel army in hopes of wiping out the Susquehannock of Virginia. (Grades 5-8; 137 pages)
Trading with the Indians, courtesy of Clipart ETC @ University of South Florida.
Settlers of the Colony of New York trading with Native Americans
Karr, Kathleen. Worlds Apart. 2005.
In 1670, soon after arriving in the Carolinas with a group of colonists from England, 15-year-old Christopher West befriends a young Sewee Indian, Asha-po, and learns some hard lessons about survival, slavery, and friendship. (Grades 4-7; 196 pages)
Keehn, Sally M. I Am Regina. 1991.
In 1755, as the French and Indian War begins, 10-year-old Regina is kidnapped by Indians in western Pennsylvania; she must struggle to hold onto memories of her earlier life as she is won over to the Indian way of life. (Grades 5-8; 240 pages)
Kirkpatrick, Katherine. Trouble's Daughter: The Story of Susanna Hutchinson, Indian Captive. 1998.
When her family is massacred by Lenape Indians in 1653, 9-year-old Susanna, daughter of Anne Hutchinson, is captured and raised as a Lenape. (Grades 7 and up; 247 pages)
Nixon, Joan Lowery. Caesar's Story, 1759. (Young Americans series).
Caesar, a real boy who lived as a slave on Carter's Grove Plantation in the 1750s, figures out a way to live his life after he is moved from the fields to the main house, to serve his former companion, the future "master." (165 pages)
Nixon, Joan Lowery. Maria's Story, 1773. (Young Americans series).
In Williamsburg, Virginia, two years before the start of the American Revolution, 9-year-old Maria worries that her mother will lose her contract to publish official reports and announcements of the British government because she prints anti-British articles in their family-run newspaper. [This story is based on the life of Maria Rind, who lived in Williamsburg during the 1770s.] (Grades 3-6; 167 pages)
Lasky, Kathryn. Beyond the Burning Time. 1994.
When, in the winter of 1691, accusations of witchcraft surface in Salem, 12-year-old Mary Chase fights to save her mother from execution. (272 pages)
Osborne, Mary Pope. Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catherine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763. (Dear America series). 1998.
A Quaker girl's diary reflects her experiences growing up in the Delaware River Valley of Pennsylvania and her capture by Lenape Indians in 1763. (Grades 4-7; 184 pages)
Rinaldi, Ann. A Break with Charity: A Story About the Salem Witch Trials. 1992.
While waiting for a church meeting in 1706, Susanna English, daughter of a wealthy Salem merchant, recalls the malice, fear, and accusations of witchcraft that tore her village apart in 1692. (Grades 6-10; 257 pages)
Speare, Elizabeth George. The Witch of Blackbird Pond. 1958. [Newbery Medal]
In 1687, 16-year-old Kit leaves the West Indies to live with her Puritan relatives in Connecticut Colony. Her friendship with an outcast Quaker woman makes her a target for charges of witchcraft. (Grades 4 to 6; 248 pages)
Stainer, M.L. The Lyon's Cub. 1998.
Jessabel, one of the survivors of the disappearance of the English settlers on Roanoke Island, in 1587, relates how her remaining companions live with the Croatan Indians and try to find the missing colonists. (Grades 5-9; 162 pages)

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DVDs and Videos

The Colonial Life for Children series includes a teacher's guide.

Colonial Times: Field Trips to Yesterday. (100% Educational Videos series) 2001.
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Takes an educational and entertaining journey back to Colonial America to learn what life was like in the original Thirteen Colonies. (DVD)
New Amsterdam, courtesy of Clipart ETC @ University of South Florida.
New Amsterdam
The Dutch & New Amsterdam. (Colonial Life for Children series). 1999.
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Explores the settlement of New Amsterdam through realistic reenactments filmed at historic locations. (Grades 3-7) (DVD and VHS)
Plimoth Plantation. (Colonial Life for Children series). 1998.
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Teaches about the people, daily life and culture in the original Plimoth Plantation of 1620, the first permanent settlement in southern New England. (Grades 3-7) (DVD and VHS)
Roger Williams & Rhode Island. (Colonial Life for Children series). 1999.
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Explores the settlement of Rhode Island through realistic reenactments filmed at actual historic locations. (Grades 3-7) (DVD and VHS)
Settling the New World. (Colonial Life for Children series). 1999.
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Presents the history of the early settlers and daily life in the settlements. (Grades 3-7) (DVD and VHS)

William Penn & Pennsylvania. (Colonial Life for Children series). 1999.
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Explores the settlement of Pennsylvania through realistic reenactments filmed at actual historic locations. (Grades 3-7) (DVD and VHS)

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Databases

The following databases are available in the Library and on the Web for Skokie Public Library cardholders. Point your Web browser to databases.skokielibrary.info to connect with these and other online research tools for students.

Resources available from home will require authentication as a Skokie Public Library cardholder. Please review carefully our acceptable use policy for these resources.

 
Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardBritannica for Kids
Type in your topic in the Search box.
    OR
To find a list of topics on the Colonial America:
  • Select Social Studies from the Browse menu to the right of the Search box.
  • Click on the View Subcategories link next to United States Social Studies
  • Click on the View Subcategories link next to Discovery and Colonization (1492-1749)
Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardGale Virtual Reference Library: Hillstrom, Laurie Collier and Kevin Hillstom. French and Indian War. (electronic resource) (UXL) 2003.
Presents a comprehensive overview of the French and Indian War, including biographies, parts of memoirs, and speeches. Includes bibliographical references and index. http://encore.skokielibrary.info/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1509925
Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardSearchasaurus
Articles from magazines, newspapers, and encyclopedias. Includes American Heritage Children's Dictionary, Funk and Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia, and Image Collection.
  • Search by keyword OR
  • Click on History from the browse area and then click on Colonial America (1600-1775)
 
Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardWorld Book Online Info Finder
Type your topic in the Search box to find information from this online encyclopedia.

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Websites

Web resourceAfricans in America, Part 1
www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part1/
Explores the history of slavery, from 1450-1750.
Web resource
America's Story from America's Library: Colonial America (1492-1763)
www.americaslibrary.gov
Select "Jump back in time" and click on Colonial America (1492-1763). Provides an overview of Colonial America and has links to colonial leaders and places, including William Penn, Jamestown, Roger Williams, and John Smith.
Colonial Williamsburg
Web resource
www.history.org/history
Contains bibliographies, essays, and articles on the everyday lives of people, in 18th century Virginia.
Infoplease: The French and Indian War
Web resource
www.infoplease.com/ce6/history/A0858256.html
Contains history of the war from beginning to end.
Plimoth Plantation
Web resource
www.plimoth.org
Click Kids and then Homework Help for information on the Pilgrims, Wampanoag, Mayflower, Thanksgiving, Growing Food, Building a House, What to Wear, Playing and Learning, What's for Dinner, Animals, A Child's Role, Sarah Morton, and Vocabulary Words Used in 17th Century Plimoth Colony.
Web resource
Social Studies for Kids: The French and Indian War
www.socialstudiesforkids.com/wwww/us/frenchandindianwardef.htm
Breaks down and organizes the events of the war.
Web resource
Social Studies for Kids: Who/What/Where/Why 13 Colonies
www.socialstudiesforkids.com/wwww/us/13coloniesdef.htm
Presents the New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies; The 13 American Colonies; and Clickable Maps with descriptions of each colony.
Web resource
SparkNotes: The French and Indian War
www.sparknotes.com/history/american/frenchindian
Allows searching of individual battles of the French and Indian War.

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Museum Websites

Web resource
Colonial Williamsburg (Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia)
www.colonialwilliamsburg.org
Tells the story of the world's largest living history museum, Williamsburg, Virginia, the restored 18th century capitol of Britain's largest, wealthiest, and most populous outpost of empire in the New World. Contains People, Places, Experience the Life, Clothing, Gardens, Fifes and Drums, and Seeds of Revolution (1750-1764), as well as slideshows of goods and trades.
Web resource
Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center (Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, Virginia)
www.historyisfun.org/index.htm
Displays art and artifacts of 17th century America telling the story of the original inhabitants who settled in Jamestown in 1607. Also online are pictures of replicas of the three ships which brought the settlers across the Atlantic Ocean: Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery. Included is the Jamestown story which describes the three different cultures which helped shape the future of the United States: The Europeans, Powhatans, and Africans.
Web resource
Pilgrim Hall Museum: America's Museum of Pilgrim Possessions (Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth Massachusetts)
www.pilgrimhall.org
Presents the Pilgrim Story, Thanksgiving, Beyond the Pilgrim Story, and Collections. Collections encompasses 17th century artifacts: chairs, chests, cradles, arms, armor, personal and household items, portraits, and historical paintings. Also included are pictures of the remnants of the Sparrow-Hawk, a small vessel which transported twenty-five passengers from Europe to the New World.

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