Fred Anderson is Professor of History at the University of Colorado. He studied under the direction of Bernard Bailyn at Harvard. He is currently Archie K. Davis Fellow at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.
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America: ‘Into the Heart of Darkness’

An engraving of the 1622 Virginia Massacre, in which some 330 English colonists were killed by Powhatan Indians in a few hours. Bernard Bailyn writes that the engraving, by the German Matthaeus Merian, ‘is a work of the imagination, but it...conveys accurately [the Virginia Company secretary Edward] Waterhouse’s sense of the wild frenzy of the attack and the settlers’ complete surprise.’

The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600–1675

by Bernard Bailyn
A half-century ago the historian Herbert Butterfield usefully distinguished between “studies” and “stories” as ways of writing about the past. Studies were exercises in analytical scholarship: they presented evidence in the form of arguments that answered carefully defined questions, and were typically static. Stories showed past worlds in motion, as …

The Lost Founders

Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different

by Gordon S. Wood
That the Founding Fathers fascinate Americans is clear to anyone who walks into a bookstore. Just since January 1, at least thirty-six books have been published or reprinted on the “big six”—Washington, Franklin, Adams, Hamilton, Jefferson, and Madison. So much interest would astonish these men; most died believing that the …