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13 Colonies

More Homework Help – History & Social Studies [1]Colonial Voices [2]

Colonial Voices [2] is a book of poems written in the voices of different colonists. Each poem is from a different person’s point of view. If you were interviewing people in colonial times, how might the point of view of an English soldier differ from a cabin boy on a ship or a slave or a blacksmith? By reading about an event from the perspective of different people, you can get a more well-rounded idea of what that event or time period was really like. You can do the same thing by reading books that tell you about the different people, customs and events of a certain time period.

Listed below are books, websites & databases that will help you learn about the 13 colonies and the colonial period. To give you a start looking at what life was like back then, here are some colonial items that are Artifacts at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis [3].

“The purse [4] was made in the late 1700s. 18th century women didn’t carry purses like women of today do—they didn’t carry much in [3] the way of toiletries or money, so they didn’t need to. The woman who owned this would have kept a variety of small objects in this pocketbook, which she could have carried in her pocket (a separate bag worn under her skirt.)”

“This kind of infant’s shirt [5]was known as a waistcoat and was probably worn over another shirt for extra warmth. This one is made of block-printed cotton and lined with linen. It was worn by John H. Hardenbergh when he was born in 1798.”

This tankard and plate [6] are made of pewter. “Pewter was a popular material for dishes until the mid 1800s when glass and pottery became more preferred. Pewter dishes were common in Colonial America, but England kept tight control of the import of the raw tin needed for making pewter, so most pieces were made in England or recast from melted down older pieces.”

More Colonial Artifacts at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis [3]

Printables, Activities & Websites:

US History in Context Logo [14]

U.S. History in Context: American Colonies [14] is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. It will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about the 13 colonies.​


Novelist K-8 Logo [15]

NoveList K-8: Stories about the 13 Colonies  [15]is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. Novelist will show you fiction chapter books and picture books you can read set in the time of the 13 colonies. Click on “Check the Library Catalog” to see if IndyPL has the book.


Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations [16]. Click on a book jacket below to request the book. You will be notified when it is available for you to pick up. If the book is an e-book or e-audiobook you can check it out right now using your library card. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations [16], text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

Black Stars of Colonial and Revolutionary Times [17]The Mayflower and the Pilgrims of the New World [18]Buckskin Dresses and Pumpkin Breetches Book Jacket [19]Colonial Comics Book Jacket [20]Colonial Williamsburg Book Jacket [21]Explore Colonial America Book Jacket [22]The Mayflower Compact Book Jacket [23]The Mayflower Book Jacket [24]The Scoop on Homes Clothes and Daily Life in Colonial America [25]You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Colonist Book Jacket [26]Your Life as a Settler in Colonial America [27]Women of Colonial America Book Jacket [28]Colonial Food Book Jacket [29]Pilgrim Voices Our First Year in the New World [30]John Smith Escapes Again Book Jacket [31]Molly Pitcher Book Jacket [32]Phillis Wheatley Book Jacket [33]Pocahontas Princess of the New World Book Jacket [34]The Extraordinary Suzy Wright Book Jacket [35]A Light in the Forest [36]Blue Birds Book Jacket [37]The Courage of Sarah Noble Book Jacket [38]The Witch of Blackbird Pond Book Jacket [39]
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