• Cambridge Historical Tours Recommends

Two Years Before the Mast
by Richard Henry Dana Jr.

The true story of Dana’s ocean voyage, with seafaring adventure to rival Robinson Crusoe.

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The Lives of Margaret Fuller
by John Matteson

The life and history of one of America’s first great feminist thinkers.

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Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War
by David Herbert Donald

The Pulitzer Prize winning story of the life of the man whose statue sits in the middle of Harvard Square.

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Evangeline and Selected Tales and Poems
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The writings of the most admired American poet of the 19th century.

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The Dante Club
by Matthew Pearl

Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and some of America’s greatest literary lights team up to solve a series of grisly murders in 19th century Boston in this entertaining piece of historical fiction.

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The Founding of Harvard College
by Samuel Eliot Morison

Colleges were a very different animal 400 years ago. Learn about the academic traditions and standards that made the first American university what it is today.

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Alice’s Adventures in Cambridge
by The Harvard Lampoon

Originally published in 1913, the Lampoon resurrected this historical and historical glimpse into collegiate life at the beginning of the 20th century.

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