American Odysseys: A History of Colonial North America

Paperback | August 8, 2013

byTimothy J. Shannon, David N. Gellman

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Written in an engaging and student-friendly style, American Odysseys examines the entire period between 1492 and 1763, covering important topics that shaped the colonial experience across time and in a variety of places. Authors Timothy J. Shannon and David Gellman use a thematic approach,focusing on colonial development and integration within a wider Atlantic world. Each chapter begins with the story of an individual who experienced the wonder and terror of colonization firsthand, so that students can feel a human connection to each of these topics and themes. Taken together, thesefigures - Indians, servants, slaves, explorers, planters - embody the full array of peoples and cultures that gave the colonial era a trans-Atlantic, multicultural character. Each chapter also features a chronology of events described in that chapter. Maps and images throughout the book help visually orient readers to the stories that comprise this concise yet broad-ranging narrative.

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Written in an engaging and student-friendly style, American Odysseys examines the entire period between 1492 and 1763, covering important topics that shaped the colonial experience across time and in a variety of places. Authors Timothy J. Shannon and David Gellman use a thematic approach,focusing on colonial development and integratio...

Timothy J. Shannon is Professor and Chair in the Department of History at Gettysburg College. He is the author of several books, including Iroquois Diplomacy on the Early American Frontier (2008), Atlantic Lives: A Comparative Approach to Early America (2004), and Indians and Colonists at the Crossroads of Empire: The Albany Congress o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:August 8, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface: The Wonder and Terror of Early America1. Three WorldsWest Africa in the Islamic WorldAmerica before ColumbusThe Origins of Early Modern EuropeSeparate Worlds and Shared HumanityChronologySuggestions for Further Reading2. Early Encounters: The Sixteenth CenturyIndians' Impressions of EuropeansThe View in the MirrorThe Spanish PrecedentReckoning with North AmericaHope and Failure at RoanokeChronologySuggestions for Further Reading3. American Footholds: Planting Colonies, 1607-1732Jamestown and the Foundations of the ChesapeakeThe Fur Trade in New France and New NetherlandThe Plantation Complex in the CaribbeanCities on a Hill in New EnglandProprietary Designs in the Lower SouthProprietary Designs in the Middle ColoniesFate and ChanceChronologySuggestions for Further Reading4. Remaking AmericaLand Use, Property Rights, and AnimalsMaking ConvertsTaking CaptivesTransformative Impact of WarBorderland VariationsDeath of a DreamChronologySuggestions for Further Reading5. American SlaveryThe Atlantic Slave TradeFirst GenerationsFrom Slaves to SlaveryPatterns of ResistanceEmergence of African-American CulturesAfrican Identity in the Atlantic WorldChronologySuggestions for Further Reading6. Gender, Family, and SexualiDemography and Family Structure in Comparative PerspectiveGendered Divisions in Labor, Household Production, and EducationDesires and DevianceOpportunities and Limits for WomenBirth, Death, and CultureChronologySuggestions for Further Reading7. Patriarchy, Politics, and GovernmentThe Familial Model of GovernmentEmergence of a Southern Patriarchal OrderGreat and Small in the Middle ColoniesSocial Ordering in New EnglandReform and Rebellion in an Emerging EmpireThe Meaning of Monarchy in Public LifeDeference or Democracy: The Nature of Colonial GovernmentDreams and VisionsChronologySuggestions for Further Reading8. The Natural and Supernatural WorldsProvidentialism and the Lore of WondersThe Trials and Tribulations of WitchcraftThe Salem CrisisSkepticism, Science, and the Natural Order of ThingsThe Marvels of the New World: Flora, Fauna, and LandscapeMedicine, Human Bodies, and RaceReason and FaithChronologySuggestions for Further Reading9. Unsettling America: Eighteenth-Century European MigrationsThe New Emigrants: Germans, Scots-Irish, and OthersTransforming the BackcountryConvicts and SoldiersServants and Slaves on the RunHybridsChronologySuggestions for Further Reading10. An Aspiring Society: Social and Religious ReorderingImbibing Equality: Drinking and CultureSocial Rank and Order: Plebian and PatricianConsumerism and Self-FashioningThe Enlightenment in America: Words and PowerPursuits of Salvation: The Great AwakeningConfidenceChronologySuggestions for Further Reading11. Warfare and EmpireEurope's American EmpiresThe Imperial Contest in North America and the Caribbean, 1689-1748The Native Perspective on Imperial WarThe Colonial Perspective on Imperial WarThe Seven Years' War in North AmericaImperial Ambitions and Colonial RealitiesChronologySuggestions for Further ReadingEpilogue: North America in 1764