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Looking for books on American Pilgrims and early settlers history

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LittleBairn Mon 18-Nov-13 17:21:20

Feeling the urge to read something on the first group of Eurpoean settlers to America and their history. I would be interested in Non fiction recommendation.

lljkk Mon 18-Nov-13 17:36:17

curious as well
For fiction my first thought was The Scarlet Letter.

LittleBairn Mon 18-Nov-13 18:12:40

I was just eyeing up my copy of The Scarlett Letter on my book shelf. The only other one I could could think of was The Crucible.
But I would love something new too, I k ow the basic historical points but not much beyond that and little of the life of ordinary settlers.

lljkk Mon 18-Nov-13 18:20:32

I do family history which has made it all come rather alive for me!

lljkk Mon 18-Nov-13 18:23:00

read these & let me know how good they were. wink

These look promising, too.

chibi Mon 18-Nov-13 18:25:11

that pack of thieving murderers? yikes

LowLevelWhinging Mon 18-Nov-13 20:23:28

Not exactly settlers, but The 19th Wife is about the first Mormons and how they played a major part in the colonisation of the west. A really interesting and enjoyable read.

sassytheFIRST Mon 18-Nov-13 20:31:07

Yy to the scarlet letter. Brilliant and chilling.

Also the crucible. (Play, of course, but v readable).

Phillippa Gregory wrote a series of 3 books based in the life of John Tredescant who founded the Bodledian? Museum in Oxford / lots of fascinating stuff about his pioneer life in Virginia.

sassytheFIRST Mon 18-Nov-13 20:43:27

Earthly joys is one of the Tradescant books.

LittleBairn Tue 19-Nov-13 08:20:21

lowlevel I've read the 19th wife it was very interesting, such hardship.

sassy thanks I will look out those books, I've been meaning to give Phillippa Gregory a go for a while now.

Louise1956 Tue 19-Nov-13 17:23:08

puritans at Play, Leisure and Recreation in Colonial New England, by Bruce C. Daniels, is a very interesting book.

Everyday Life in Colonial America by Dale Taylor is another very good book, full of interesting information.

HmmAnOxfordComma Thu 21-Nov-13 21:41:38

I've just read The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier which is a bit lightweight (and I don't know how accurate but seemed well researched); about some of the early Quaker towns which were settled in Ohio in the 1850s and there's quite a lot about the runaway slaves from the South - but mostly detail on the towns and how they were settled. I know not the earliest settlers, but that part of the country was only being freshly colonised, iyswim. Worth a look?

HmmAnOxfordComma Thu 21-Nov-13 21:42:33

Sorry, just read that you actually did ask for non-fiction in the OP, not both.

LittleBairn Thu 21-Nov-13 22:44:54

hmm I've just realised that it makes it sound like i want non fiction, when I actually what fiction too more so than non fiction.

I will look out Tracey Chevalier book I've liked her writing before so likely enjoy it.

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