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

Debra's Penny Book of the Day:

Buy Used History & Genealogy Books on Amazon For 1¢, One Penny, 1 cent:
I was struck by the prices you can buy wonderful used books on amazon. A penny! The same price as buying antique penny books in the 1840's! I love to read and have compiled here lists of my favorite history genealogy and biography books. Some I have read, some are on my list. Check them out and enjoy. Note: They do fluctuate in price, as they sell out. I have tried to choose listings with many offered for a penny. Thank you! ~debra (come join us at Ancestorville on FB here)

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 any ancestors who fought in the War of 1812 between the US and 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
Quilts! 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 (Note: this book is no longer a penny, is in the 3 dollar range)

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
Famous and much loved First lady Dolley Payne Todd Madison (1768-1849) was wife of James Madison (1751-1836) 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

The Civil War (American Heritage Books)
By Bruce Catton
Charles Bruce Catton (1899-1978) was a prolific American journalist and American Civil War historian, and is 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 driving in my car. It explains the time 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.

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 is not for the faint hearted, 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
One 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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