American Revolution, that is, and colonial history. As I’ve mentioned in other threads, my mom and I were up at Colonial Williamsburg last week and realized, uh, just how much stuff we don’t know anymore. The Williamsburg tours were really great refreshers (especially the Capitol tour) but we were looking for some good general references.
I guess I’m looking for two things -
- a good, readable overview of that period in time in America - what’s up in the colonies, causes of the Revolution, Founding Fathers, etc., preferably with not a huge emphasis on the military details
- other related books - are there any particularly great biographies? Excellent social histories?
Incidentally, does anybody else feel like Washington is a hard man to get to know? You feel you kind of get, say, Franklin and Jefferson and Lafayette and even Benedict Arnold (they did some really good stuff with him in Williamsburg - overall I was incredibly impressed with their non-simplified, non-Hollywoodized history) but Washington seems cold and boring to me. But then you look back and there’s that enormous Cult of Mourning Washington at the time, so obviously they had some connection with him, one would assume beyond the Father Of His Country thing. Right?