Books about
Tradesmen in Colonial America


Brenner, Barbara. If You Lived in Williamsburg in Colonial Days. New York: Scholastic, 2000.

Haskins, Jim. Black Stars of Colonial and Revolutionary Times. Hoboken: Jim Haskins, 2002.

Kalman, Bobbie, Historic Communities A Colonial Town Williamsburg. New York: Crabtree Publishing, 1992.

McGovern, Ann. If You Lived in Colonial Times. New York: Scholastic, 1992.

Tunis, Edwin. Colonial Craftsmen and the Beginnings of American Industry. Baltimore: The John Hopkins Press, 1965.

Wood, Peter H. Strange New Land: Africans in Colonial America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Series: Colonial Craftsmen

Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Architects. New York: Benchmark, 2000, c1970. Traces the history of architecture in the American colonies, describing the influence of existing styles and the needs of environment.

Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Blacksmiths. New York: Benchmark, 2000, c1976. Introduces the history of blacksmithing and discusses the techniques, products, well-known blacksmiths, and commercial importance of this trade in colonial America.

Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Cabinetmakers. New York: Benchmark, 1997. A history of woodworking craftsmen in colonial America, describing their tools, materials, and workmanship.

Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Doctors. New York: F. Watts, [1968].  Traces the early development of medicine in colonial America and discusses some of the methods and medications used at that time for treating illness.

Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Glassmakers. New York: Benchmark, 1997. Discusses the history, materials, and technique of glassmaking in the American Colonies.

Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Homemakers. New York: Benchmark,           1998. Describes how four staples--candles, soap, brooms, and cider--were made in colonial times.

Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Hatters. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2001. Provides an introduction to the history of hat making in America and the people who performed this craft.

Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Limners: America's earliest portrait painters.  New York: Benchmark, 2000, c1969. Discusses the motivation, materials, and techniques of the first "artists" in colonial America--the sign painters--and how their works contribute to a better understanding of early American history and society.

Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Papermakers. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2001. An introduction to papermaking in the United States and the craftsmen who made it.

Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Peddlers. New York: Benchmark, 1998, c1968.  Describes the enterprise and commercial development that peddlers brought to the colonies before the establishment of general stores.

Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Potters. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2001. An introduction to the process of making pottery, the craftsmen who made it, and their importance in American history.

Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Printers. New York: Benchmark, 2000, c1965. Surveys the history of printing in colonial America, describing the work of the early printers, the development of the free press, and the printer's craft and technique.

Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Schoolmasters. New York: Benchmark, 1997. Describes what education and the schools were like in colonial times.

Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Shipbuilders. New York: Benchmark, 1998, c1971. Traces the history of shipbuilding in the American colonies and describes each step in the building of an eighteenth-century ship.

Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Shoemakers. New York: Benchmark, 1998.  Surveys the history and technique of shoemaking in colonial America.

Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Silversmiths. New York: Benchmark, 1997, c1964. Examines the art of the silversmith in colonial times.

Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Tanners. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2001. Explains the background and process of tanning animal hides to make leather, the craftsmen involved, and the importance of the craft in American history.

Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Weavers. New York: Benchmark, 1998.  Presents background information on cloth making in the colonies and describes the various techniques involved.

Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Wigmakers. New York: Benchmark, 2000, c1965. Describes the advent of the wig as a fashion necessity in France and England, illustrates popular styles of eighteenth-century wigs, and explains the colonial wigmaker's technique in construction and care of the wig.

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