Barr, Juliana. Peace Came in the Form of a Woman: Indians and Spaniards in the Texas Borderlands. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 2007. An excellent account of Spanish-Indian relations in 18th-century Texas in which Indians compel colonists to conform to their ways of diplomacy.
Dawdy, Shannon Lee. Building the Devil’s Empire: French Colonial New Orleans. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2008. Explains how New Orleans, through the actions of its residents and the ways that French officials perceived those actions, acquired its seedy reputation.
Gallay, Alan. The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the English Empire in the American South, 1670–1717. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002. A prize-winning exploration of the Indian slave trade’s impact on southeastern North America’s Indians and on English colonization and imperial expansion.
McConville, Brendan. The King’s Three Faces: The Rise and Fall of Royal America, 1688–1776. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 2006. An iconoclastic view of British North American politics that argues that colonists regarded British monarchs highly until just before the American Revolution.
Richter, Daniel K. The Ordeal of the Longhouse: The Peoples of the Iroquois League in the Era of European Colonization. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1992. A masterful account of how the Iroquois resisted and adapted to colonization over the course of two centuries.
Smallwood, Stephanie E. Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007. A sensitive and haunting portrait of the Atlantic slave trade focused on trying to fathom its meaning and the meaning of enslavement to those who endured them.
From Oxford University Press
Axtell, James. Natives and Newcomers: The Cultural Origins of North America. A collection of 15 essays from one of the leading ethno-historians that looks at the interactions between colonists and Indian peoples, showing the consequences of these encounters for both groups.
Bonomi, Patricia U. Under the Cope of Heaven: Religion, Society, and Politics in Colonial America. Looks at religion in all sections of the British American colonies and argues it was as important to the development of American society as politics or the economy.
Cushner, Nicholas P. Why Have You Come Here? The Jesuits and the First Evangelization of Native America. Provides an analysis of the missionary activity of the Jesuits in America and the ways this encounter transformed native communities.
Demos, John Putnam. Entertaining Salem: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England. Examines hundreds of witchcraft cases, shedding light on the social, religious, and political world of early America.
Fischer, David Hackett. Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America. Argues that four British migrations and cultures formed the basis for colonial and, later, American identity.
Hatley, Tom. The Dividing Paths: Cherokees and South Carolinians through the Era of Revolution. Argues that the relationship between these two groups was at the heart of social and political world of the South and shows the ways both groups struggled to define themselves in the unfamiliar world of colonial North America.
Kenny, Kevin. Peaceable Kingdom Lost: The Paxton Boys and the Destruction of William Penn’s Holy Experiment. Traces the breakdown of Quaker Pennsylvania and the consequences for Native Americans during the 18th century.
The Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704. In this comprehensive look at the French and Indian raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts, this web site tells the story of the raid from multiple perspectives through artifacts, documents, maps, images, and more.
Africans in America. Accompanying the PBS series of the same title, this web site provides information and various primary materials on African American life and culture from the 1400s to the end of the Civil War.
History: Native America. With links to dozens of other web sites and their own interpretative materials, this page from the University of Washington is a great resource for much Native American history from pre-history to the present.
Outline of Prehistory and History—Southeastern North American and the Caribbean. Maintained by the National Park Service, this website provides detailed information about the native peoples and their environmental impacts, archeological and historical evidence of their ways of life, and the impacts of European contact and colonization on their societies.