The Ideology of English Colonization: From Ireland to America

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Early American History

Professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich


  1. Nicholas P. Canny, “The Ideology of English Colonization: From Ireland to America,” WMQ (1973)

  2. Bernard Bailyn, The Peopling of British North America: An Introduction (1986)

  3. Jack P. Greene, Pursuits of Happiness: The Social Development of Early Modern British Colonies and the Formation of American Culture (1988)

  4. David Weber, The Spanish Frontier in North America (1994)

  5. Alan Taylor, American Colonies: The Settling of North America (2001)

  6. Joyce Chaplin, “Expansion and Exceptionalism in Early American History,” JAH 89 (2003)

  7. Gordon S. Wood, Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815. (2009)

  8. Rosemarie Zagarri, "The Significance of the 'Global Turn' for the Early American Republic," Journal of the Early Republic (2011)

  9. Daniel Richter, Before the Revolution: America’s Ancient Pasts (2011)

  10. Forum: James H. Merrell, “Second Thoughts on Colonial Historians and American Indians,” WMQ 69 (2012)


  1. Richard White, The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815 (1991)

  2. Daniel Usner, Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in a Frontier Exchange Economy: The Lower Mississippi Valley Before 1783 (1992)

  3. James Merrell, Into the American Woods: Negotiators on the Pennsylvania Frontier (1999)

  4. Joyce Chaplin, Subject Matter: Technology, the Body, and Science on the Anglo-American Frontier, 1500-1676 (2003)

  5. Daniel Richter, Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America (2003)

  6. Kathleen Duval, The Native Ground: Indians and Colonists in the Heart of the Continent (2006)

  7. Peter Silver, Our Savage Neighbors: How Indian War Transformed Early America (2007)

  8. Karen Ordahl Kupperman, The Jamestown Project (2009)

  9. Anne Hyde, Empires, Nations and Families: A History of the North American West 1800-1860 (2011)

  10. Glenda Goodman, “But they differ from us in sound’: Indian Psalmody and the Soundscape of Colonialism,” WMQ (2012)

  11. Brett Rushforth, Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France (2012)

Slavery, and Anti-Slavery

  1. Eric Williams, Capitalism and Slavery (1944)

  2. Edmund Morgan, American Slavery, American Freedom (1975)

  3. Philip Morgan, Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry (1998)

  4. Ira Berlin, Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America (1998)

  5. James Brooks, Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands (2002)

  6. Tiya Miles, Ties that Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom (2005)

  7. Christopher Brown, Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism (2006)

  8. Vincent Brown, The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery (2008)

  9. Christine Snyder, Slavery in Indian Country: The Changing Face of Captivity in Early America (2010)

  10. David Brion Davis, Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World (2006)

Environment, Commodities, and Material Culture

  1. Alfred W. Crosby, The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492 (1973)

  2. Karen Ordahl Kupperman, “The Puzzle of the American Climate in the Early Colonial Period” AHR 87 (1982)

  3. Sidney Mintz, Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History (1985)

  4. T.H. Breen, Tobacco Culture: The Mentality of the Great Tidewater Planters on the Eve of Revolution (1985)

  5. Judith A. Carney, Black Rice: The African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas (2001)

  6. William Cronon, Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England (revised ed.) (2003)

  7. Londa Schiebinger, Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World (2004)

  8. Brian Donahue, The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord (2004)

  9. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth (2007)

  10. David Eltis, Philip Morgan, and David Richardson, “Agency and Diaspora in Atlantic History: Reassessing the African Contribution to Rice Cultivation in the Americas” (2007)

  11. Marcy Norton, Sacred Gifts, Profane Pleasures: A History of Tobacco and Chocolate in the Atlantic World (2010)

  12. Jeffrey Bolster, The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail (2012)

Women, Gender, and Families

  1. Nancy Cott, The Bonds of Womanhood: ‘Woman’s Sphere’ in New England, 1780-1835 (1977)

  2. Lois Green Carr and Lorena S. Walsh, “The Planter’s Wife: The Experience of White Women in Seventeenth-Century Maryland,” WMQ (1977)

  3. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 (1990)

  4. Kathleen Brown, Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia (1996)

  5. Mary Beth Norton, Founding Mothers and Fathers: Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society (1996)

  6. Rhys Isaac, Landon Carter’s Uneasy Kingdom: Revolution and Rebellion on a Virginia Plantation

  7. Jill Lepore, The Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin (2005)

  8. Juliana Barr, Peace Came in the Form of a Woman: Indians and Spaniards in the Texas Borderlands (2007)

  9. Jane Kamensky, ed., “Forum: Salem Repossessed,” WMQ (2008)

  10. Julie Hardwick et. al., “Centering Families in Atlantic Histories,” WMQ (2013)

  11. Michelle Morris, Under Household Government: Sex and Family in Puritan Massachusetts (2013)

Nation Building, Revolution, and Empire

  1. Charles A. Beard, An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States (1913)

  2. Gordon Wood, The Radicalism of the American Revolution (1991)

  3. Bernard Bailyn, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (1992)

  4. Daniel Rodgers, “Republicanism: The Career of A Concept,” JAH 79 (1992)

  5. Laurent Dubois, Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (2004)

  6. T.H. Breen, The Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence (2004)

  7. David Armitage, The Declaration of Independence: A Global History (2007)

  8. Maya Jasanoff, Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World (2011)

  9. Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 (2013)

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