About Time: Discovering America

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles Mann
Recent research upends our previously held notions, showing that the pre-Columbian Americas were more densely populated and the Native cultures and governments more sophisticated than we had once imagined.

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick
A fresh look at the Pilgrims’ arrival and the settlement of Plymouth Colony, focusing on the interplay of personalities that led to war between the European settlers and the Native Americans. 

The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America by Russell Shorto
Present-day New York City was a Dutch colony in the early 1600s. Learn how the lively ethnically diverse society of that period has exerted a strong influence on American culture to this day.

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen Ambrose
A vivid reconstruction of the 2,000-mile Lewis and Clark expedition — including river travel, mountain portages and encounters with Indian tribes — based on Lewis’s journals.

2 thoughts on “About Time: Discovering America”

  1. I grew up in the northeast and there was a LOT of school work about the new colonies, expansion to the west, the pilgrims, etc. In addition to books, I’ve seen some pretty good shows on PBS and the History Channel. I see some videos in the library too – like “Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of the Mayflower.”

  2. You’re right, Catlady, there are lots of great history DVDs as well! The library gets many PBS and History Channel DVDs.

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