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Old 02-09-2012, 03:12 AM
 
Location: Sweden
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Is there any books you can recommend me to read?
I am more interested in cultural history than war and politics.
Like the development of the cities and how people lived and worked there.
Also if there are anything mentioning the founding fathers and if they were supporters of music and art and such.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Saint Maur des Fosses - France
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I don't know if my post can help you because it's not excatly your research but it's the first time I have a chance to recomand this book, so ...

Salem Witch Judge: The life and Repentance of Samul Sewal by Eve Laplante


It's about Samuel Sewall's involvement in the Salem Witch Trials. In Salem, Massachusetts during the year 1692.

But it's a lot more than that, it make a insight on the religious world view and faith through which citizens of Puritan New England perceived the world and their place in it.
Sewall tries to discern the "realities" of good and evil and the presence of god in each event of his life.
As you can imagine en reading the title, he is not indulgent with himself regarding his role in the trial.
It also reveals the early Boston and the way of life before the revolution.

I loved this book.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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Is there any books you can recommend me to read?
I am more interested in cultural history than war and politics.
Like the development of the cities and how people lived and worked there.
Also if there are anything mentioning the founding fathers and if they were supporters of music and art and such.
Everyday Life in Early America by Hawke is a fascinating book which spawned many imitations

http://www.amazon.com/Everyday-Early...ref=pd_sim_b_1

The classic account is Albion's Seed by Fischer
http://www.amazon.com/Albions-Seed-B...9231373&sr=1-1

enjoy!

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Old 02-14-2012, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Sweden
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Thank you for the suggestions!
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:17 PM
 
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Are you looking for fiction or non-fiction?

This is my favorite area of historical FICTION - here's just what come's to mind quickly - I'll probaby add more later:

The Whiskey Rebels - David Liss

ANY book written by Kenneth Roberts: Northwest Passage, Lydia Bailey, Oliver Wiswell, Rabble in Arms, and etc. These books would be exactly perfect for what you're looking for - historically accurate adventure stories which have early American politicians as players (Jefferson, Madison, Burr, etc.) But they're definitely fiction.

Conrad Richter - books in the Awakening Land Trilogy

Robert Graves - Sergeant Lamb's America

If you're looking for non-fiction in this subject area - there's too many to mention.
I have a particular fondness for: Dividing the Land by Edward T. Price

I loved and adored The Frontiersmen by Eckert

Everyone but me loved David McCullough's John Adams

I'll just stop here. If you want more, say so!
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:26 AM
 
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Only non-fiction really, but all suggestions are welcome.
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:32 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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If you're interested in the histories of local or specific areas of the US, there are a plethora of old, out-of-copyright books which you can get for cheap or free as ebooks.

For example, I read this one which was very helpful for my ancestry research:

Amazon.com: Early Life of the Pennsylvania Germans [Illustrated] eBook: A. Monroe Aurand Jr: Books

There's also modern ones too such as: http://www.amazon.com/Life-Early-Phi...297681&sr=1-11 or Amazon.com: Embodied History: The Lives of the Poor in Early Philadelphia (Early American Studies) (9780812218480): Simon P. Newman: Books
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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The Age of Homespun by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich: Amazon.com: The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth (9780679445944): Laurel Thatcher Ulrich: Books
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:46 AM
 
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It just creeps into the 19th century, but "Undaunted Courage" about Lewis and Clark's expedition to find a waterway to the unexplored west is a fascinating book. It covers a lot of the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Meriweather Lewis as well: Amazon.com: Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West (9781847397638): Stephen Ambrose: Books
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Sweden
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Thank you all for the suggestions!
I will have to make a list now.
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