Colonial America: A History in Documents / Edition 2

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Colonial America is an extraordinary collection of original documents that show what life in the American colonies was really like for colonists, Native Americans, and slaves. From Georgia to Maine, diaries, letters, newspaper clippings, posters, and a multitude of primary sources provide lively insight. Some examples include:
*Prenuptial agreements for women, child-rearing manuals, a letter from a father to his daughter explaining why inequality was beneficial for both men and women
*Native American land deeds, the creation story, captivity narratives
*Laws regulating slaves, advertisements for runaways, a letter justifying a wife's harsh treatment of a house servant
*A poem from a boy sent to the colonies for bad behavior, an exposé of German immigrant indenture
From wooden spoons to imported china, from adversarial relations between Indians and whites to colonial advocacy of native land protection, and from "limb of England" to a new sense of identity, Colonial America is a fascinating, oftentimes intimate, look at life in the colonies.

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Gr 7 Up-News reports, memoirs, letters, political cartoons, and posters explore the social and cultural life of the American Colonies. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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"News reports, memoirs, letters, political cartoons, and posters explore the social and cultural life of the America Colonies." — School Library Journal

"News reports, memoirs, letters, political cartoons, and posters explore the social and cultural life of the American Colonies." —Curriculum Connections

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199765959
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/21/2011
  • Series: Pages from History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward G. Gray is Assistant Professor of History at Florida State University. His previous works include New World Babel: Languages & Nations in Early America (Princeton, 1999) and The Language Encounter in the Americas, 1492-1800: A Collection of Essays(Berghahn, 2000).

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Table of Contents

What is a Document?
How to Read a Document

Note on Sources and Interpretation

Chapter 1: England Expands
England and Europe Look West The Push for Colonies

Chapter 2: New Lands, New Lives
The Trials of Settlement The Great Migration

Chapter 3: Colonists Confront First Nations
War Captured by the Indians Costs of Colonization

Chapter 4: The Tumult of Empire
The Construction of Empire Rebellion The Quest for Continuity

Chapter 5: Who Built the Colonies?
Bound for America When People Became Property

Chapter 6: Ties that Bind
The Struggle for Family Women's Trials Parents and Children

Chapter 7: A Spiritual People
Building a Church A Diversity of Beliefs The Awakening Comes

Chapter 8: Gentlewomen and Gentlemen
How to Be a Gentleman A Gentlewoman's Burden

Chapter 9: A World of Things

Timeline Further Reading Websites Text Credits Picture Credits Index

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