FRENCH IN THE US

Below is a selection of titles in English about the French culture and the French in America. The books range from purely cultural or traditional to historical to academic.  

We occasionally include books about Americans in France, given the intertwined destinies of the French and American people. We do not receive any commission or profit from Amazon or others if you buy some of these books.

France in America is a bilingual digital library exploring the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the 16th century to the end of the 19th century.

GENERAL NORTH AMERICA

Parkman, Francis. Pioneers of France in the New World. Boston, Little, Brown, 1897. There are many other works about the French in the New World, and many editions. 

De Tocqueville, Alexis. Democracy in America. 1835. Many translated editions.

Echeverria, Durand. Mirage in the West. A History of the French Image of American Society to 1815. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1957.

Ferreiro, Larrie D. Brother at Arms – American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It. Knopf, 2016.

Sainlaude, Stève. France and the American Civil War: A Diplomatic History. University of North Carolina Press, 2019.

Charles River Editors. The Statue of Liberty: The History and Legacy of America’s Most Famous Statue. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.

Portes, Jacques. Fascination and Misgivings – The United States in French Opinion, 1870-1914. Cambridge Universtity Press, 2000.

Furstenberg, François. When the United States Spoke French. Penguin Books, 2015.

Marchand, Philip. Ghost Empire: How the French Almost Conquered North America. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Publishers, 2007.

Folmer, Henry. Franco-Spanish Rivalry in North America, 1524-1763. Glendale, California: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1953.

Gitlin, Jay. The Bourgeois Frontier: French Towns, French Traders, and American Expansion. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 2010.

FUR TRADE

Lewis, Hugh M. Robidoux Chronicles: Ethnohistory of the French-American Fur Trade. Bloomington, Indiana: Trafford Publishing, 2004.

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Pasquier, Michael. Fathers on the Frontier, French Missionaries and the Roman Catholic Priesthood in the United States, 1789-1870. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.