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The Burning of His Majesty’s Schooner Gaspee: An Attack on Crown Rule Before the American Revolution by Steven Park

“A highly readable and well-researched book utilizing both American and British sources.”—Providence Journal, March 16, 2017

From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution by Robert A. Geake and Lorťn Spears

“New England states contributed the largest portion of men of color to the Continental Army. All served as enlisted men. Geake documents how Rhode Island compensated slaveholders for their bondsmen, many of whom served as substitutes for wealthy whites who declined to serve in the revolutionary army. Once enlisted, the men of the “black regiment” performed well in combat, distinguishing themselves at the Battle of Rhode Island in August 1778 and in the siege of Yorktown. Although many veterans of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment experienced economic hardships, they left a rich legacy of freedom for their descendants. Recommended.”—Choice, Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, May 2017

Pennsylvania: A Military History by William A. Pencak, Christian B. Keller, and Barbara A. Gannon

“In sixteen incisive and insightful original essays covering wars among Indians to the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, the authors reveal a Pennsylvania that was and is very different for the “peaceable kingdom” of art and myth.”—Pennsylvania Heritage, Spring 2017

The Boy Soldier: Edwin Jemison and the Story Behind the Most Remarkable Portrait of the Civil War, by Alexandra Filipowski and Hugh T. Harrington

“It bears repeating: The beauty of photography is that a moment in time can be frozen for all to appreciate.. . . Needless to say, many of the soldiers of the Civil War took advantage of the opportunity for a portrait. . . Of all of these, one in particular stands out for a variety of reasons—that of Pvt. Edwin Jemison, 2d Louisiana Infantry. . . . Jemison’s death at such a young age, the unspecifiable circumstances of his death, the fact that he was just two weeks from being discharged due to being underage and unknown burial location are all indicative of the tragedy of the war. To know the story of his short life is to better know him and better understand that tragedy. This book is recommended to JAMP readers.”—Journal of America’s Military Past, Winter 2017

The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War, by J. L. Bell

“For anyone interested in the start of the Revolution, The Road to Concord is a good place to find out about the hypocrisy, stealth, bravery, inspiration, and chance that sparked the war. While it has the occasional well-known actor, such as Paul Revere, for the most part its principal players are those with which even history buffs may not be familiar.” .”—Journal of America’s Military Past, Winter 2017

Unwanted: A Murder Mystery of the Gilded Age by Andrew Young

Unwanted resurrects a Gilded Age murder mystery, immersing audiences into the mental and emotional world of a hurting American Midwest, where stern public morality frequently contrasted with private behavior. . . . [it] is a sober and carefully researched narrative of murder and justice in the late nineteenth century. . . . Unwanted will intrigue anyone who is interested in a good detective story or in exploring the gritty underside of the Gilded Age in America’s heartland.”—Foreword Reviews, Fall 2016

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