Tales of Early America

When you think of early America, you likely picture happy connections between colonizers and Native Americans, like the Disney story of Pocahontas. Or perhaps you picture victorious images from the Revolutionary War. But there’s so much more to colonial America and its stories. Alongside the heroics of war and the foundation of democracy were horrible atrocities. The slaughter of Native Americans. The arrival of African slaves. The colonizers who went missing. The Salem Witch Trials. The following books tell the true stories of these powerful historical events.

Ashley Holstrom is a book person, designing them and writing about them for Book Riot. She lives near Chicago with her cat named after Hemingway and her bookshelves organized by color.