Every now and then, an author comes around that is worth reading, even after death. Howard Peckham is that author. Peckham, who died in 1995 served as both a history professor at the University of Michigan and director of the Clements Library from 1953-1977. He wrote numerous articles and several books during his life. His most well-known book was Pontiac and the Indian Uprising (1948), which explored the famous Indian rebellion of 1763 led by Pontiac, in which he placed Pontiac in the context of a local leader within a greater anti-English movement by the Native Americans.
Another well-known work by Peckham is The Colonial Wars, 1689-1763 (1964). This book chronicles the history of the series of wars between the English and French, and their respective colonists in North America, as well as the Native Americans. This work, though dated, is well worth reading in order to begin understanding much of the period covered by this site. If one desires great reads by an accomplished historian, then consider reading Howard Peckham.
As I continue work to build my sites, I am sending out a call for authors to join Frontier Battles. If you are a historian of the British Empire from 1607-1815, a French historian of the same period, a Colonial historian, American historian, student, or just interested in the period that is covered by this site, then we want you to consider joining the staff and contributing to this site. You do not need to post every day or week, just when you can. There are only two rules: know what you are talking about (back it up with material if possible) and HAVE FUN. If writing about colonial/early American history interests you, then please email me with the following information:
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Please understand that this is unpaid work, but that you will have fun and be able to share your knowledge and insights with others. I look forward to requests to join the staff.