The Americas

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An extensive annotated bibliography of works, American Foreign Relations Since 1600: A Guide to the Literature edited by Robert L. Beisner & Hurt Hanson (ABC-CLIO, 175 [pounds sterling]) covers 400 years of international relations.

At the Edge of Empire: The Backcountry in British North America by Eric Hinderaker and Peter C. Mancall (The Johns Hopkins University Press, hb 37 [pounds sterling], pb 13.50 [pounds sterling]) focuses on the frontier region in the 17th century where Europeans and Native Americans interacted in trade, alliances and war.

Comprising eight new essays, The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862 edited by Gary W. Gallagher (University of North Carolina Press, $34.95) explores the operations during the American Civil War in northern Virginia which helped establish the legend of General `Stonewall' Jackson.

A collection of essays, In the Shadow of the Plantation--Caribbean History & Legacy edited by Alvin O. Thompson (James Currey, 19.95 [pounds sterling]) covers the period from slavery to post-independence and examines the impact of colonialism and the plantation system.

Aimed at a younger audience and illustrated by Paul Lee, A Voice Of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet by Kathryn Lasky (Walker Books, 10.99 [pounds sterling]) tells the story of a black slave girl taken from her home in Africa and sold to a family in New England in 1761.

Including a biographical introduction on the author by Robert Eric Frykenberg, Pandita Ramabai's America by Pandita Ramabai and translated by Kshitija Gomes and Philip C. …