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Penny Books: Used 1¢ History & Genealogy Books on Amazon

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Debra's Penny Books....great used history books on amazon. used history, genealogy and antique Books on Amazon for 1¢, a penny, a cent, a pence, 1840's prices! hope you'll also join me at Ancestorville Genealogy on FB. be sure you are looking at USED, not NEW. They do fluctuate as they sell, but the most expensive on this page is $3.53 at the moment, many under $1.00. thank you. ~debra here to view 1000's of antique ID'd family photos on Ancestorville.


Stars in the water: The story of the Erie Canal
by George E Condon
A 1974 book on what was known as "The Ditch", the canal was dug 1817-1825 by immigrants, mainly Irish, and many who perished in the process. It was 40 feet wide, 4 feet deep and 363 tedious miles long, stretching from Albany to Buffalo NY. wonderfully researched, and a classic on NY Erie canal history. ~debra
....the true story of  Dr. Mary Babcock Atwater, who settled her medical practice in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1890. The reviews are mixed, in the 3-5 star range, but it's said to have been researched very well, and how many books are there on 19th c. women doctors anyway? good history. recommended.  ~debra

The Minutemen and Their World (American Century) 1st Edition 
by Robert A. Gross
...I have not read this beautiful book, but just ordered it. With the small New England town of Concord at the foremost center at the Revolutionary War period, it later became the intellectual capital of a young America. Ulrich Review: “For historians, The Minutemen and Their World was a shot heard round the world. It taught us that fine history combines good scholarship with good writing. Its reverberations are still being heard.” ―Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. enjoy! ~debra

...I'm an American living in Britain at the moment and bought this book recently to learn more of the history around me, and l love it, and even the look of it! Stories always help me understand history, and now I have a better view of my English ancestors. ~debra

Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad, America's First Civil Rights Movement  by Fergus Bordewich
...this book tells the stories of the Underground RR, such as David Ruggles, who invented the black underground in New York City, Quakers Isaac Hopper and Levi Coffin, who risked their lives to build it, and of course, the amazing Harriet Tubman. excellent! ~debra 

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War 
by Karen Abbott
.....A New York Times bestseller tells true stories of four women who risked their lives to become spies during the American Civil War. 580 reviews, 4 out of 5. interesting and thoughtful book on the lost stories until now. ~debra

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
...over 3,000 5 stars reviews on amazon. I listened to 40 hours on audio and loved every minute, but the actual thick beautiful book is in my collection too. Highly recommended, all about Lincoln, but all about life back then. I love anything Doris Kearns Goodwin writes, but this is her historical masterpiece in my opinion. ~debra

Abigail Adams
  by Woody Holton
....Woody Holton, a world renowned historian of the American Revolution, looks at over 2,000 letters, an unprecendted amount of material about her life, losses, relationships and also her steadfast views in support of women of the time. recommended, I listened on audio while walking and loved it. ~debra

America's First Daughter: A Novel by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
...A novel, this is the untold story of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph. an amazing number of positive reviews, in the thousands! ~debra

Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History
by Megan Smolenyak
...our favorite show mixed with famous genealogist Megan Smolenyak, what's not to like and trust about this wonderful book on tracing your family roots and ancestry? ~debra

Victoria: An Intimate Biography Hardcover by Stanley Weintraub

...the famous 1987 Weintraub biography of Queen Victoria truly at home from her childhood to death. much is explained in the Queen's own handwritten letters. ~debra

To Our Children's Children: Preserving Family Histories for Generations to Come
by Bob Greene & D.G. Fulford
...collecting and thinking about preserving family first hand knowledge is what this book is all about. Grandparents and parents should own this book. ~debra

The Red Badge of Courage, Dover Thrift Editions by Stephen Crane absolute American classic and masterpiece written in 1895. A short but powerful read of a young Civil War soldier Henry Fleming, and his feelings of going into battle on many fronts. Highly recommended. Wonderful to experience the front lines if you have Civil War ancestors. ~debra

George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution
by Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger
....this book scores 4.6 out of 5 for 3,500 amazon reviews! It's the story of the Culper Spy Ring featured in the very popular AMC series Turn. It comes very highly recommended, and is especially helpful in understanding the lives of our American Revolutionary ancestors. ~debra

Martha Washington: An American Life by Patricia Brady
...I have not read this book, but it's on my list and reviews say it is meticulously researched, taking Martha Washington away from our traditional vision of a white haired granny, and giving her a strong voice of her own. Can't wait to read. ~debra

Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation by Cokie Roberts

...famed NPR, ABC writer and journalist Cokie Roberts speaks on the amazing women who helped build this country. The book offers another view of Revolutionary War era history not often told. There is much detail and focuses on the accomplishments of the first ladies and their lives. It was also great on audio! ~debra

1812: The War That Forged a Nation by Walter R. Borneman
......have you ancestors who fought in the War of 1812 between the US & Great Britian? Want to learn more of the era and the war? 10,000 Native Americans fought with the British, as well as Canadians, as Canada was then a British colony. wild and interesting? Yes. This is a book I have in my library, and helped me understand more of this bloody conflict, whereby America was gaining its final and total independence from Great Britain. ~debra

Celebrate Great Quilts! Circa 1820-1940: The International Quilt Festival Collection
by Karey Bresenhan & Nancy Puentes
.....mmm. Quilts! large and small. A historical analysis of 75 historic quilts from 1825-1940 and a must have for any antique quilt collector or sewing enthusiast. Fabrics, designs, patterns, color, technique....and the book is one penny, amazingly great to buy this beautiful book at 1840 prices! ~debra

Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography by Jean Harvey Baker 
...the author clearly states that she does not feel Mary Todd Lincoln was insane, and offers intricate detail about her life and times. Mary lost her husband and 3 of her 4 children, as well as living in the White House during the incredibly tumultuous and sad Civil War. After the war, her son Robert Todd Lincoln, their eldest son and a practicing attorney, admitted Mary to an insane asylum. The author refutes her mentally illness. It does a very good job of explaining her life from a young southern privileged child, to living with Abraham Lincoln. Very detailed...and a great look at women's roles in the the Civil War era. ~debra 

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker: A Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini

...bestselling NY Times author Jennifer Chiaverini writes of Abraham and Mary Lincoln's private lives through her dressmaker and close friend, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, who was born a slave. I have not read this book as of yet, but am excited to grab it. Elizabeth lived incredibly close and personal to the Lincoln family during the Civil War era, and is an actual historical figure. She was a slave who bought her own freedom with her amazing dressmaking skills. ~debra 

A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation
by Catherine Allgor
...much loved First lady Dolley Payne Todd Madison 1768-1849 was wife of James Madison 1751-1836, the 4th President of the US from 1809 to 1817. She helped the widowed Thomas Jefferson in first lady duties, and she is famous for running back in the white house under attack, saving the iconic Gilbert Stewart painting of George Washington! Go Dolly! Sadly, she lived in poverty in her later years. Must read... ~debra

By Bruce CattonThe Civil War (American Heritage Books)
......I love the work of Charles Bruce Catton 1899-1978, a prolific American journalist and American Civil War historian, and by far my favorite Civil war writer. I believe I have honestly listened to this as an audio book over 1,000 times in my lifetime while driving in my car. It explains the era better and clearer than any other thing I have read. ~debra

The American Revolution: A History (Modern Library Chronicles) 
by Gordon S. Wood
...I have spent much time studying the 19th century in America, and felt it was time to brush up on the 17th century and the American Revolution. I handle many old lost family photos (genealogy antiques) of families with Revolutionary War roots and ties. I wanted an easy clear and concise read, maybe even a refresher....and here it is! Highly recommended if you'd like to know more on your Revolutionary War ancestors...PS the author, Gordon S. Wood is an esteemed professor of history at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, founded in 1764. ~debra

Unwise Passions: A True Story of a Remarkable Woman---and the First Great Scandal of Eighteenth-Century America
by Alan Pell Crawford
...a mix of 17th century history & scandal...with solid historical documentation. have Randolph Genealogy and family roots? This is about Nancy Randolph of Virginia's eminent Randolph family. I was surprised that it was much more of a page turner than I expected. Love American political and social history? this is for you. ~debra
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
by Joseph J. Ellis
...Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, and James Madison built a fragile nation in the late 18th century, Revolutionary War period. The history of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.  A classic, and a beautiful must read. ~debra
Celia, A Slave
by Melton A. Mclaurin
...this story is not for the faint of heart, and tells a gripping and violent tale of a slave named Celia. Melton McLaurin is a history professor at the University of North Carolina and based the book on actual records in the court, documents, letters and pre and post Civil War newspaper accounts. A Chilling and sobering slavery story. African American History. ~debra
By David McCullough of America’s most amazing historians writes an exciting look at the American Revolution, Great Britain, George Washington and life in 1776. Want to know more about your Revolutionary War ancestors and life during this tumultuous time? This is a classic for the ages, and a must read. ~debra

The Family: A Journey into the Heart of the Twentieth Century
by David Laskin
...David Laskin writes of his own extended family, from the shtetels of Belarus to the United States, to Israel, and to the the pits at Ponar ghetto at Vilna, and to Klooga in Estonia. Do you have Jewish Genealogy roots? This has been called a masterful 20th century tale. It is on my list, and I have been recommended this book by ancestorville friends who say it is meticulously researched and beautifully delivered. ~debra

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