West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776

This panoramic account of 1776 chronicles the other revolutions unfolding that year across North America, far beyond the British colonies. In this unique history of 1776, claudio Saunt looks beyond the familiar story of the thirteen colonies to explore the many other revolutions roiling the turbulent American continent.

22 illustrations; 15 maps W w norton Company. Hailed by critics for challenging our conventional view of the birth of America, West of the Revolution “coaxes our vision away from the Atlantic seaboard” and “exposes a continent seething with peoples and purposes beyond Minutemen and Redcoats” Wall Street Journal.

In that fateful year, the spanish landed in San Francisco, the Russians pushed into Alaska to hunt valuable sea otters, and the Sioux discovered the Black Hills.

Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World

This surprising new account of the founding of the united states and the shaping of the post-revolutionary world traces extraordinary journeys like the one of Elizabeth Johnston, who escaped from slavery in Virginia and went on to found Baptist congregations in Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone; and Mohawk Indian leader Joseph Brant, Jamaica, a young mother from Georgia, and Canada, who led her growing family to Britain, questing for a home; black loyalists such as David George, who tried to find autonomy for his people in Ontario.

. National book critics circle award winnerthis groundbreaking book offers the first global history of the loyalist exodus to Canada, the Caribbean, Sierra Leone, India, and beyond. At the end of the american revolution, sixty thousand Americans loyal to the British cause fled the United States and became refugees throughout the British Empire.

Ambitious, original, and personality-filled, this book is at once an intimate narrative history and a provocative analysis that changes how we see the revolution’s “losers” and their legacies. Liberty’s Exiles tells their story.

Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution

Adding new depth and moral complexity, Kathleen DuVal reinvigorates the story of the American Revolution. Their lives illuminate the fateful events that took place along the Gulf of Mexico and, in the process, changed the history of North America itself. Fenn, pulitzer prize–winning author of Encounters at the Heart of the World Random House Inc.

Meanwhile, african american slaves had little control over their own lives, but some individuals found opportunities to expand their freedoms during the war. Independence lost reveals that individual motives counted as much as the ideals of liberty and freedom the Founders espoused: Independence had a personal as well as national meaning, and the choices made by people living outside the colonies were of critical importance to the war’s outcome.

. In the gulf of mexico, spanish forces clashed with britain’s strained army to carve up the Gulf Coast, as both sides competed for allegiances with the powerful Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek nations who inhabited the region. To read this book is to see that the task of recovering the entire American Revolution has barely begun.

The new york times book Review   “A richly documented and compelling account. The wall street journal   “a remarkable, necessary—and entirely new—book about the American Revolution. The daily beast   “a completely new take on the American Revolution, double-dealing, rife with pathos, and intrigue.

Richard Henry Lee of Virginia: A Portrait of an American Revolutionary

In bridging the gap between Lee's private interests and public career, J. Used book in Good Condition. Kent mcgaughy seeks to overturn many of the misconceptions about Lee and shows that, throughout his life, he remained dedicated to his family and public service. Random House Inc.

Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders

Based on groundbreaking research, spellberg compellingly recounts how a handful of the Founders, Jefferson foremost among them, drew upon Enlightenment ideas about the toleration of Muslims then deemed the ultimate outsiders in Western society to fashion out of what had been a purely speculative debate a practical foundation for governance in America.

The rancorous public dispute concerning the inclusion of muslims, thus became decisive in the Founders’ ultimate judgment not to establish a Protestant nation, for which principle Jefferson’s political foes would vilify him to the end of his life, as they might well have done. Thomas jefferson’s qur’an is a timely look at the ideals that existed at our country’s creation, and their fundamental implications for our present and future.

In 1765, eleven years before composing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson bought a Qur’an. In this original and illuminating book, Denise A. Jefferson sought to understand Islam notwithstanding his personal disdain for the faith, a sentiment prevalent among his Protestant contemporaries in England and America.

Random House Inc. Used book in Good Condition. As popular suspicions about islam persist and the numbers of American Muslim citizenry grow into the millions, Spellberg’s revelatory understanding of this radical notion of the Founders is more urgent than ever. But unlike most of them, by 1776 Jefferson could imagine Muslims as future citizens of his new country.

Spider in a Tree

This is the story of the years he spent preaching in eighteenth century Northampton, Massachusetts. In his famous sermon "sinners in the hands of an Angry God, " Edwards compared a person dangling a spider over a hearth to God holding a sinner over the fires of hell. Used book in Good Condition. But instead of the portents of an angry god, what she finds there is something numinous, complicated, and radiantly human.

Alison bechdel, author of fun home"through an ardent faith in the written word Susan Stinson is a novelist who translates a mundane world into the most poetic of possibilities. Alice sebold, author of The Lovely Bones"Wonderfully fuses the historic and the imaginative. Kenneth minkema, executive director, Jonathan Edwards CenterJonathan Edwards is considered America's most brilliant theologian.

Ordinary grace, human failings, and extraordinary convictions combine in unexpected ways to animate this New England tale. Susan stinson is the author of three novels and a collection of poetry and lyric essays and was awarded the Lambda Literary Foundation's Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize. Writer in residence at forbes Library in Northampton, Massachusetts, she is also an editor and writing coach.

Used book in Good Condition. Stinson reads the natural world as well as Scripture, searching for meaning. Here, spiders and insects preach back.

Malintzin's Choices: An Indian Woman in the Conquest of Mexico Diálogos

As malinche, a dangerously sexy, she has long been regarded as a traitor to her people, scheming woman who gave Cortés whatever he wanted out of her own self-interest. The life of the real woman, however, was much more complicated. Malintzin, " at least, was what the Indians called her. In getting to know the trials and intricacies with which Malintzin's life was laced, we gain new respect for her steely courage, as well as for the bravery and quick thinking demonstrated by many other Native Americans in the earliest period of contact with Europeans.

In this study of malintzin's life, camilla Townsend rejects all the previous myths and tries to restore dignity to the profoundly human men and women who lived and died in those days. She was sold into slavery as a child, and eventually given away to the Spanish as a concubine and cook. Used book in Good Condition.

Used book in Good Condition. Malintzin was the indigenous woman who translated for Hernando Cortés in his dealings with the Aztec emperor Moctezuma in the days of 1519 to 1521. Drawing on spanish and aztec language sources, including technology and violence, and offers insights into the major issues of conquest and colonization, she breathes new life into an old tale, resistance and accommodation, gender and power.

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The Huron-Wendat Feast of the Dead: Indian-European Encounters in Early North America Witness to History

They awaited only the signal from the master of the ritual to place the bones in the pit. Seeman analyzes these encounters, using the Feast of the Dead as a metaphor for broader Indian-European relations in North America. Both groups believed that deceased souls traveled to the afterlife; both believed that elaborate mortuary rituals ensured the safe transit of the soul to the supernatural realm; and both believed in the power of human bones.

Appreciating each other’s funerary practices allowed the Wendats and French colonists to find common ground where there seemingly would be none. Two thousand wendat Huron Indians stood on the edge of an enormous burial pit. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. The wendats had lovingly scraped and cleaned the bones of the corpses that had decomposed on the scaffolds.

Rather than being horrified by these unfamiliar native practices, Europeans recognized the parallels between them and their own understanding of death and human remains. University of New Mexico Press. This was the great Feast of the Dead. Witnesses to these Wendat burial rituals were European colonists, French Jesuit missionaries in particular.

Interpreting a Continent: Voices from Colonial America

Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. By considering multiple perspectives, students learn that colonial history was largely the attempts of various peoples to understand strangers and adapt them to their own will. The documents in this collection take the reader beyond the traditional story of the English colonies.

Readers explore the spanish, including california, virginia, louisiana, the Great Plains, German, Florida, French, and even Icelandic colonial efforts throughout North America, Pennsylvania, Texas, Russian, Dutch, New Mexico, and New England. They see different forms of slavery and ways that slaves dealt with their captivity.

By looking beyond traditional sources, students see the power and diversity of Native Americans and learn that European domination of the continent was not inevitable. This reader provides students with key documents from colonial American history, including new English translations of non-English documents.

. Throughout, the collection provides not only the perspectives of Europeans but also of Native Americans and Africans. Random House Inc. Used book in Good Condition. University of New Mexico Press.

The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America

Used book in Good Condition. University of New Mexico Press. Used book in Good Condition. In this audacious recasting of the american revolution, distinguished historian Gary Nash offers a profound new way of thinking about the struggle to create this country, introducing readers to a coalition of patriots from all classes and races of American society.

Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. From millennialist preachers to enslaved africans, the people so vividly portrayed in this book did not all agree or succeed, disgruntled women to aggrieved Indians, but during the exhilarating and messy years of this country's birth, they laid down ideas that have become part of our inheritance and ideals toward which we still strive today.

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A Well-Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control in America

Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. When the democrats defeated the republicans, it elevated the "collective rights" theory to preeminence and set the terms for constitutional debate over this issue for the next century. For anyone interested in understanding the great American gun debate, this is a must read.

. Cornell, shows that the founders understood the right to bear arms as neither an individual nor a collective right, a leading constitutional historian, but as a civic right--an obligation citizens owed to the state to arm themselves so that they could participate in a well regulated militia. Equally important, he describes how the gun control battle took on a new urgency during Reconstruction, when Republicans and Democrats clashed over the meaning of the right to bear arms and its connection to the Fourteenth Amendment.

Likewise, the modern "individual right" view emerged only in the nineteenth century. The modern debate, cornell reveals, has its roots in the nineteenth century, during America's first and now largely forgotten gun violence crisis, when the earliest gun control laws were passed and the first cases on the right to bear arms came before the courts.

Used book in Good Condition. A well regulated militia not only restores the lost meaning of the original Second Amendment, but it provides a clear historical road map that charts how we have arrived at our current impasse over guns. Random House Inc. University of New Mexico Press.