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Historical Fiction - Early & Colonial History

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Night Journeys - Avi
Call Number: FIC A957n
ISBN: 0380732424
Publication Date: 2000
In the spring of 1768, twelve-year-old Peter, living with his Quaker guardian near the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border, joins in the search for two runaway indentured servants.

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Blood on the River - Elisa Carbone
Call Number: FIC C2645B
ISBN: 0142409324
Publication Date: 2007
Twelve-year-old Samuel Collier is a lowly commoner on the streets of London. So when he becomes the page of Captain John Smith and boards the Susan Constant, bound for the New World, he can’t believe his good fortune. He’s heard that gold washes ashore with every tide. But beginning with the stormy journey and his first contact with the native people, he realizes that the New World is nothing like he imagined. The lush Virginia shore where they establish the colony of James Town is both beautiful and forbidding, and it’s hard to know who’s a friend or foe. As he learns the language of the Algonquian Indians and observes Captain Smith’s wise diplomacy, Samuel begins to see that he can be whomever he wants to be in this new land.

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Ghost Hawk - Susan Cooper
Call Number: FIC C7783GH
ISBN: 1442481420
Publication Date: 2014
A friendship between a young Native American and a colonial New England settler endangers them both in this “simply unforgettable” (Booklist, starred review) adventure story from Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper.

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Stowaway - Karen Hesse
Call Number: FIC H5874s
ISBN: 0689839871
Publication Date: 2000
A fictionalized journal relates the experiences of a young stowaway from 1768 to 1771 aboard the Endeavor which sailed around the world under Captain James Cook.

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Copper Sun - Sharon M. Draper
Call Number: FIC D766C
ISBN: 1416953485
Publication Date: 2008
Copper Sun is the epic story of a young girl torn from her African village, sold into slavery, and stripped of everything she has ever known—except hope.

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I Walk in Dread - Lisa Rowe Fraustino; Lisa Rowe Fraustino
Call Number: FIC F845i
ISBN: 9780439249737
Publication Date: 2004
Twelve-year-old Deliverance Trembley writes in her diary about the fears and doubts that arise during the 1692 witch hunt and trials in Salem Village, Massachusetts, especially when her pious friend, Goody Corey, is condemned as a witch.

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Beyond the Burning Time - Kathryn Lasky
Call Number: FIC L3456b
ISBN: 0590473328
Publication Date: 1996
When, in the winter of 1691, accusations of witchcraft surface in her small New England village, twelve-year-old Mary Chase fights to save her mother from execution.

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The Sign of the Beaver - Elizabeth George Speare
Call Number: FIC S7412s
ISBN: 0395338905
Publication Date: 1983
Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Elizabeth George Speare
Call Number: FIC S7412w
ISBN: 0440495962
Publication Date: 1972
In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.

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A Break with Charity - Ann Rinaldi
Call Number: FIC R578b
ISBN: 0152003533
Publication Date: 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.

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Wicked Girls - Stephanie Hemphill
Call Number: FIC H491w
ISBN: 9780061853289
Publication Date: 2010
A fictionalized account, told in verse, of the Salem witch trials, told from the perspective of three young women living in Salem in 1692--Mercy Lewis, Margaret Walcott, and Ann Putnam, Jr.

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Time of the Witches - Anna Myers
Call Number: FIC M9961T
ISBN: 0802798209
Publication Date: 2009
Orphaned Drucilla finds a home with the beautiful but troubled Mistress Putnam as accusations of witchcraft start to swirl in Salem Village.

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Serpent Never Sleeps - Scott O'Dell
Call Number: FIC O235se
ISBN: 0449703282
Publication Date: 1988
In the early seventeenth century, Serena Lynn, determined to be with the man she has loved since childhood, travels to the New World and comes to know the hardships of colonial life and the extraordinary Princess Pocahontas.

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A Journey to the New World - Kathryn Lasky
Call Number: FIC L3456j
ISBN: 059050214X
Publication Date: 1996
Twelve-year-old Mem presents a diary account of the trip she and her family made on the Mayflower in 1620 and their first year in the New World.

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The Ransom of Mercy Carter - Caroline B. Cooney
Call Number: Not in Library
ISBN: 0385740468
Publication Date: 2011
Deerfield, Massachusetts is one of the most remote, and therefore dangerous, settlements in the English colonies. In 1704 an Indian tribe attacks the town, and Mercy Carter becomes separated from the rest of her family, some of whom do not survive. Mercy and hundreds of other settlers are herded together and ordered by the Indians to start walking. The grueling journey -- three hundred miles north to a Kahnawake Indian village in Canada -- takes more than 40 days. At first Mercy's only hope is that the English government in Boston will send ransom for her and the other white settlers. But days turn into months and Mercy, who has become a Kahnawake daughter, thinks less and less of ransom, of Deerfield, and even of her "English" family. She slowly discovers that the "savages" have traditions and family life that soon become her own, and Mercy begins to wonder: If ransom comes, will she take it?

 

Nonfiction - Colonial Period

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Written in Bone - Sally M. Walker
Call Number: 614.17 W1772W
ISBN: 0822571358
Publication Date: 2009
Reports on the work of forensic scientists who are excavating grave sites in James Fort, in Jamestown, Virginia, to understand who lived in the Chesapeake Bay area in the 1600s and 1700s; and uncovers the lives of a teenage boy, a ship's captain, a colonial officer, an African slave girl, and others.

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The Mayflower and the Pilgrims' New World - Nathaniel Philbrick
Call Number: 973.22 P545M
ISBN: 0142414581
Publication Date: 2009
After a dangerous journey across the Atlantic, the Mayflower?s passengers were saved from certain destruction with the help of the Natives of the Plymouth region. For fifty years a fragile peace was maintained as Pilgrims and Native Americans learned to work together. But when that trust was broken by the next generation of leaders, a conflict erupted that nearly wiped out Pilgrims and Natives alike. Adapted specifically for younger readers, this edition includes additional maps, artwork, and archival photos.

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Roanoke - Lee Miller
Call Number: 975.6175 M6489r
ISBN: 1559705841
Publication Date: 2001
The Lost Colony is America’s oldest unsolved mystery. In this remarkable example of historical detective work, Lee Miller goes back to the original evidence and offers a fresh solution to the enduring legend.

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1607 - Karen Lange
Call Number: 973.21 L2745O
ISBN: 1426300123
Publication Date: 2007
1607: A New Look at Jamestown is the last word on America's first colony. With expert appraisal of new archaeological evidence, this National Geographic title stands alone for timely authority and visual appeal.

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The Adventurous Life of Myles Standish and the Amazing-but-True Survival Story of Plymouth Colony - Cheryl Harness
Call Number: 974.402 H289A
ISBN: 1426302843
Publication Date: 2008
It's a story that has been told for almost 400 years—how a brave band of people set sail on the Mayflower to find a new life in America.

By weaving her chatty, narrative text with her incredibly detailed artwork, award-winning author-illustrator Cheryl Harness makes readers feel as though they are part of the adventure.

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Pocahontas - Joseph Bruchac
Call Number: FIC B8878P
ISBN: 0152054650
Publication Date: 2005
Drawing from the personal journals of John Smith, Bruhac reveals an important part of American history through the eyes of two historic figures.

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Who Was First? - Russell Freedman
Call Number: 970.01 F8537W
ISBN: 0618663916
Publication Date: 2007
Many generations of American schoolchildren were taught that Columbus discovered America, and a holiday reminds us every October. But historical investigation in recent years has shown us otherwise.

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Witches - Rosalyn Schanzer
Call Number: 133.43 S2995W
ISBN: 1426308698
Publication Date: 2011
An award-winning author and illustrator tells the riveting, true story of what happened in the Salem Village, Massachusetts, when accusations of witchcraft tore apart the tiny town.

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Mayflower 1620 - Catherine O'Neill Grace
Call Number: Not in Library
ISBN: 079226276X
Publication Date: 2007
Plimoth Plantation and the National Geographic Society come together to tell the true story behind the legendary voyage of the Mayflower. A meticulously researched work, Mayflower 1620 offers children a compelling, fresh account of this much-told story.

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Mayflower - Nathaniel Philbrick
Call Number: 973.22 P545
ISBN: 0670037605
Publication Date: 2006
After a dangerous journey across the Atlantic, the Mayflower's passengers were saved from certain destruction with the help of the Natives of the Plymouth region. For fifty years a fragile peace was maintained as Pilgrims and Native Americans learned to work together. But when that trust was broken by the next generation of leaders, a conflict erupted that nearly wiped out Pilgrims and Natives alike.

 

Other Titles

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What's the Deal? - Rhoda Blumberg
Call Number: 973.46 B6586w
ISBN: 0792270134
Publication Date: 1998
Discusses the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and the political maneuverings of Napoleon and Jefferson that made it possible.

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Weaver's Daughter - Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Call Number: FIC B8116w
ISBN: 0385327692
Publication Date: 2000
In 1791 after her family's journey from Pennsylvania, ten-year-old Lizzie suffers from the disease of asthma in her new home in the Southwest Territory (present-day Tennessee).

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Calico Captive - Elizabeth George Speare
Call Number: Not in Library
ISBN: 0618150765
Publication Date: 2001
Early one morning in the year 1754 the stillness of Charlestown, New Hampshire, was shattered by shrill war whoops and the terror of an Indian raid. Young Miriam Willard, on a day which had promised new happiness, found herself instead a captive on a forest trail, caught up in the ebb and flow of the French and Indian War.

It was a horrowing march north. Miriam could only force herself to the next stopping place, the next small portion of food, the next icy stream to be crossed. What waits at the end of the trail--besides an Indian quantlet and a life of slavery?

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The Winter People - Joseph Bruchac
Call Number: Not in Library
ISBN: 014240229X
Publication Date: 2004
Saxso is fourteen when the British attack his village. It’s 1759, and war is raging in the northeast between the British and the French, with the Abenaki people—Saxso’s people—by their side. Without enough warriors to defend their homes, Saxso’s village is burned to the ground. Many people are killed, but some, including Saxso’s mother and two sisters, are taken hostage. Now it’s up to Saxso, on his own, to track the raiders and bring his family back home . . . before it’s too late.

 

Historical Fiction - Revolutionary War

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Woods Runner - Gary Paulsen
Call Number: FIC P332WO
ISBN: 9780385738842
Publication Date: 2010
From his 1776 Pennsylvania homestead, thirteen-year-old Samuel, who is a highly-skilled woodsman, sets out toward New York City to rescue his parents from the band of British soldiers and Indians who kidnapped them after slaughtering most of their community.

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The Fighting Ground - Avi; Ellen Thompson (Illustrator)
Call Number: FIC A957f
ISBN: 0397320744
Publication Date: 1984
Thirteen-year-old Jonathan goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and discovers the real war is being fought within himself.

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Fever 1793 - Laurie Halse Anderson; Lori Earley (Illustrator)
Call Number: FIC A5478f
ISBN: 0689838581
Publication Date: 2000
In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.

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Forge - Laurie Halse Anderson
Call Number: FIC A5478f
ISBN: 9781416961444
Publication Date: 2010
Separated from his friend Isabel after their daring escape from slavery, fifteen-year-old Curzon serves as a free man in the Continental Army at Valley Forge until he and Isabel are thrown together again, as slaves once more.

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Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson
Call Number: FIC A5478c
ISBN: 9781416905851
Publication Date: 2008
If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl? As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom. From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual.

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The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation - M. T. Anderson
Call Number: FIC A5451P
ISBN: 9780763624026
Publication Date: 2006
Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.

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The Kingdom on the Waves - M. T. Anderson
Call Number: FIC A5451A
ISBN: 9780763629502
Publication Date: 2008
After escaping a death sentence in the summer of 1775, Octavian and his tutor find shelter but no safe harbor in British-occupied Boston and, persuaded by Lord Dunmore's proclamation offering freedom to slaves who join his counterrevolutionary Royal Ethiopian Regiment, Octavian and his friends soon find themselves engaged in naval raids on the Virginia coastline as the Revolutionary War breaks out in full force.

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Give Me Liberty - L. M. Elliott
Call Number: FIC E467G
ISBN: 0060744235
Publication Date: 2008
The American Revolution is about to ignite!

Life is tough for thirteen-year-old Nathaniel Dunn, an indentured servant in colonial Virginia. Yet in a twist of luck, he meets Basil, a kind schoolmaster, and an arrangement is struck lending Nathaniel's labor to a Williamsburg carriage maker. Basil introduces Nathaniel to music, books, and philosophies that open his mind to new attitudes about equality. The year is 1775, and as colonists voice their rage over England's taxation, Patrick Henry's words "give me liberty, or give me death" become the sounding call for action. Should Nathaniel and Basil join the fight? What is the meaning of "liberty" in a country reliant on indentured servants and slaves? Nathaniel must face the puzzling choices a dawning nation lays before him.

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Five 4ths of July - Pat Hughes
Call Number: FIC H8942F
ISBN: 014242112X
Publication Date: 2013
On July 4th, 1777, Jake Mallery and his friends are celebrating their new nation's independence in a small coastal town in Connecticut. Fourteen-year-old Jake wants nothing more than to get out from under the strict thumb of his father and have some adventure. But he learns too late that he must be careful what he wishes for. Over the course of four more 4ths, he finds himself in increasingly adventurous circumstances--from battling the British army to barely surviving on a prison ship to finally returning home, war-torn and weary, but hopeful for his and America's future.

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Johnny Tremain - Esther Hoskins Forbes; Lynd Ward (Illustrator)
Call Number: FIC F6929j
ISBN: 0395067669
Publication Date: 1943
After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution.

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My Brother Sam Is Dead - James Lincoln Collier; Christopher Collier
Call Number: FIC C6994m
ISBN: 0027229807
Publication Date: 1984
Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town.

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Jump Ship to Freedom - James Lincoln Collier; Christopher
Call Number: FIC C6994j
ISBN: 0808591266
Publication Date: 1986
In 1787 a fourteen-year-old slave, anxious to buy freedom for himself and his mother, escapes from his dishonest master and tries to find help in cashing the soldier's notes received by his father for fighting in the Revolution.

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Sophia's War - Avi
Call Number: FIC A957S
ISBN: 1442414413
Publication Date: 2012
In 1776, after witnessing the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, newly occupied by the British army, young Sophia Calderwood resolves to do all she can to help the American cause, including becoming a spy.

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Year of the Hangman - Gary L. Blackwood; Gary Blackwood
Call Number: FIC B6326Y
ISBN: 0142400785
Publication Date: 2004
In 1776, the rebellion of the American colonies against British rule was crushed. Now, in 1777-the year of the hangman-George Washington is awaiting execution, Benjamin Franklin's banned rebel newspaper, Liberty Tree, has gone underground, and young ne'er-do-well Creighton Brown, a fifteen-year-old Brit, has just arrived in the colonies. Having been shipped off against his will, with nothing but a distance for English authorities, Creighton befriends Franklin, and lands a job with his print shop. But the English general expects the spoiled yet loyal Creighton to spy on Franklin. As battles unfold and falsehoods are exposed, Creighton must decide where his loyalties lie...a choice that could determine the fate of a nation.

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Rise to Rebellion - Jeff Shaara
Call Number: FIC S5241r
ISBN: 034542753X
Publication Date: 2001
This is a superb saga of the men who helped forge the destiny of the nation, from the idealistic attorney John Adams to the audacious inventor and philosopher Ben Franklin.

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Cast Two Shadows - Ann Rinaldi
Call Number: FIC R578c
ISBN: 0152008810
Publication Date: 1998
In South Carolina in 1780, fourteen-year-old Caroline sees the Revolutionary War take a terrible toll among her family and friends and comes to understand the true nature of war.

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Finishing Becca - Ann Rinaldi
Call Number: FIC R578f
ISBN: 0152008802
Publication Date: 1994
Fourteen-year-old Becca takes a position as a maid in a wealthy Philadelphia Quaker home and witnesses the events that lead to General Benedict Arnold's betrayal of the American forces during the Revolutionary War.

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Time Enough for Drums - Ann Rinaldi
Call Number: FIC R578t
ISBN: 0823406032
Publication Date: 1986
Sixteen-year-old Jem and her servant struggle to keep things going at home in Trenton, New Jersey, when the family men join the war for independence from the British king.

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The Bloody Country - James Lincoln Collier; Christopher Collier
Call Number: FIC C6994b
ISBN: 0590431269
Publication Date: 1980
In the mid-eighteenth century a family moves from Connecticut to Pennsylvania and becomes involved in the property conflict between the two states.

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The Dreams of Glory - Thomas J. Fleming; Thomas Fleming
Call Number: FIC F5987d
ISBN: 0312877439
Publication Date: 2000
As the British scheme to kidnap George Washington and bring the Revolutionary War to an end in one bold stroke, a tide of espionage ebbs and flows between the two opposing armies. It is 1780, and two very different men are sucked into these vicious currents. Tides that pull the men towards the bewitching embrace of Flora Kuyper, the beautiful spy who holds the future of America in her hands. This is a world of plot and counterplot, where a night of passion could lead to an act of treason and a man's avowed ideals could fashion a noose around his neck.

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The Keeping Room - Anna Myers
Call Number: FIC M9961k
ISBN: 0802786413
Publication Date: 1997
Left in charge of the family when his father leaves their South Carolina home to fight in the Revolutionary War, thirteen-year-old Joey Kershaw finds all his resources tested when General Cornwallis comes to town and chooses the Kershaw house as his headquarters.

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The Winter of Red Snow - Kristiana Gregory
Call Number: FIC G8229w
ISBN: 0590226533
Publication Date: 1996
Eleven-year-old Abigail presents a diary account of life in Valley Forge from December 1777 to July 1778 as General Washington prepares his troops to fight the British.

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Sarah Bishop - Scott O'Dell
Call Number: FIC O235s
ISBN: 0395291852
Publication Date: 1980
Left alone after the deaths of her father and brother who take opposite sides in the War for Independence, and fleeing from the British who seek to arrest her, Sarah Bishop struggles to shape a new life for herself in the wilderness.

 

Nonfiction - Revolutionary Period

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Traitor, the Case of Benedict Arnold - Jean Fritz
Call Number: 921 A752f
ISBN: 0399208348
Publication Date: 1981
A study of the life and character of the brilliant Revolutionary War general who deserted to the British for money.

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The Real Benedict Arnold - Jim Murphy
Call Number: 921 A752m
ISBN: 9780395776094
Publication Date: 2007
Drawing on Arnold's surviving writings and on the letters, memoirs, and political documents of his contemporaries ... a fascinating portrait of a brilliant man, consistently undervalued by his peers, who made a choice that continues to reverberate through American history.

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Lafayette and the American Revolution - Russell Freedman
Call Number: 921 L161f
ISBN: 9780823421824
Publication Date: 2010
An account of Marquis de Lafayette, a young French nobleman, who helped bring victory at Yorktown and became a lifelong friend of George Washington.

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George Washington, Spymaster - Thomas B. Allen
Call Number: 973.3092 A431g
ISBN: 9780792251262
Publication Date: 2004
A biography of Revolutionary War general and first President of the United States, George Washington, focusing on his use of spies to gather intelligence that helped the colonies win the war.

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Washington's Spies - Alexander Rose
Call Number: 973.385 R7952w
ISBN: 0553804219
Publication Date: 2006
Basing his tale on remarkable original research, historian Alexander Rose reveals the unforgettable story of the spy ring that helped America win the Revolutionary War. For the first time, Rose takes us beyond the battlefront and into the shadowy underworld of double agents and triple crosses, covert operations and code breaking, and unmasks the courageous, flawed individuals who inhabited this wilderness of mirrors—including the spymaster at the heart of it all, George Washington.

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Give Me Liberty! - Russell Freedman
Call Number: 973.313 F8537g
ISBN: 0823414485
Publication Date: 2000
Describes the events leading up to the Declaration of Independence as well as the personalities and politics behind its framing.

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Founding Brothers - Joseph J. Ellis
Call Number: 973.40922 E474f
ISBN: 0375405445
Publication Date: 2000
In this landmark work of history, the National Book Award—winning author of American Sphinx explores how a group of greatly gifted but deeply flawed individuals–Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams, and Madison–confronted the overwhelming challenges before them to set the course for our nation.

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Those Remarkable Women of the American Revolution - Karen Zeinert
Call Number: 973.31504 Z46t
ISBN: 1562946579
Publication Date: 1996

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Washington's Crossing - David Hackett Fischer
Call Number: 973.332 F533w
ISBN: 9780195170344
Publication Date: 2004
The startling success of Washington and his compatriots not only saved the faltering American Revolution, but helped to give it new meaning.

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The Crossing - Jim Murphy
Call Number: 973.332 M9785c
ISBN: 9780439691864
Publication Date: 2010
Presents an account of a landmark event in American history in which a future first U.S. president emerges as a military leader while working to transform a ragtag army into an effective fighting force.

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The Duel - Judith St. George
Call Number: 973.4609 S77454D
ISBN: 067001124X
Publication Date: 2009
Highlights similar aspects of the lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, and examines how the two war heroes and founding fathers ended up in a duel that cost one of them his life.

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An American Plague - Jim Murphy
Call Number: 614.541 M9785A
ISBN: 0395776082
Publication Date: 2003
History, science, politics, and public health come together in this dramatic account of the disastrous yellow fever epidemic that hit the nation's capital more than 200 years ago.

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Washington at Valley Forge - Russell Freedman
Call Number: 973.3 F8537W
ISBN: 0823420698
Publication Date: 2008
Washington's army nearly perished during the winter of 1777-78. Camped at Valley Forge, the revolutionaries endured severe hardship. The army's supply system had collapsed and they were without supplies. But when the harsh winter ended, the soldiers had survived, and marched away from Valley Forge more determined than ever

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