Colonial America: A History in Documents by Edward G. GrayColonial America: A History in Documents by Edward G. Gray

Colonial America: A History in Documents

byEdward G. Gray

Paperback | April 1, 2011

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By examining the lives of the colonists through their own words - in diaries, letters, sermons, newspaper columns, and poems - Colonial America: A History in Documents, Second Edition reveals how immigrants, despite their vast differences, laid the foundations for a new nation: the UnitedStates.One of the earliest documents is Sir Walter Ralegh's account of the failed colony at Roanoke, the first British settlement. The harrowing experiences of the first colonists are recorded in Captain John Smith's tale of Indian attack and starvation at Jamestown and in a young Massachusetts colonist'sletter to his English parents pleading for supplies. A Catawba Indian's letter to the governor of South Carolina describing a devastating smallpox epidemic is evidence of the even greater toll that war and illness had on the Native Americans. From these difficult beginnings, the colonies developedinto vibrant communities. A poem by a young Englishman sentenced to be deported is the story of one laborer who helped build the colonies. An exchange of letters between friends about choosing a husband provides insight into colonial family life. The title page of a book about evil spirits and aMohawk Indian's telling of the creation myth demonstrate the diversity of colonial religious beliefs.American colonists were also guided by secular codes of behavior. Young George Washington's exercise book filled with rigid rules of conduct exemplifies the manners and mores of the colonies' future leaders. A picture essay about the material world gathers objects ranging from military artifacts tofine furnishings to reveal how the colonies evolved from rough outposts to near-independent states. Using such historical evidence, Colonial America provides a captivating look at the textured lives of the people who founded the United States.The second edition includes a new chapter, "The Tumult of Empire," on the imperial tensions that erupted during this period and the internal strife within the colonies, as demonstrated in the violence of Bacon's Rebellion, Governor Andros's harsh ruling over the Dominion of New England, theoverturning of provincial regimes in response to William and Mary's Glorious Revolution, and the golden age of piracy. Twenty-eight new visual documents enrich this edition, including a map of Native American villages, a proclamation on the destruction of forests, and Hippopotamus hide whips used onslaves. Ten new sidebars provide shorter documents, such as John Winthrop's journal entry on the effects of the English Civil War in Massachusetts, a 1730 poem about growing Philadelphia, and a 1743 newspaper advertisement aimed at German-speaking colonists. There is a new note on sources andinterpretation and there are updates to the further reading and websites recommendations.
Edward G. Gray is Professor of History at Florida State University.
Title:Colonial America: A History in DocumentsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.68 inPublished:April 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199765952

ISBN - 13:9780199765959


Table of Contents

What is a Document?How to Read a DocumentIntroductionNote on Sources and Interpretation1. England ExpandsEngland and Europe Look WestThe Push for Colonies2. New Lands, New LivesThe Trials of SettlementThe Great Migration3. Colonists Confront First NationsWarCaptured by the Indians4. The Tumult of EmpireThe Construction of EmpireRebellionThe Quest for Continuity5. Who Built the Colonies?Bound for AmericaWhen People Became Property6. Ties that BindThe Struggle for FamilyWomen's TrialsParents and Children7. A Spiritual PeopleBuilding a ChurchA Diversity of BeliefsThe Awakening Comes8. Gentlewomen and GentlemenHow to Be a GentlemanA Gentlewoman's Burden9. A World of ThingsTimelineFurther ReadingWebsitesText CreditsPicture CreditsIndex