Colonial America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History

Colonial America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History

by James Ciment
     
 

No era in American history has been more fascinating to Americans, or more critical to the ultimate destiny of the United States, than the colonial era. Between the time that the first European settlers established a colony at Jamestown in 1607 through the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the outlines of America's distinctive political culture, economic

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No era in American history has been more fascinating to Americans, or more critical to the ultimate destiny of the United States, than the colonial era. Between the time that the first European settlers established a colony at Jamestown in 1607 through the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the outlines of America's distinctive political culture, economic system, social life, and cultural patterns had begun to emerge. Designed to complement the high school American history curriculum as well as undergraduate survey courses, "Colonial America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History" captures it all: the people, institutions, ideas, and events of the first three hundred years of American history. While it focuses on the thirteen British colonies stretching along the Atlantic, Colonial America sets this history in its larger contexts. Entries also cover Canada, the American Southwest and Mexico, and the Caribbean and Atlantic world directly impacting the history of the thirteen colonies. This encyclopedia explores the complete early history of what would become the United States, including portraits of Native American life in the immediate pre-contact period, early Spanish exploration, and the first settlements by Spanish, French, Dutch, Swedish, and English colonists. This monumental five-volume set brings America's colonial heritage vibrantly to life for today's readers. It includes: thematic essays on major issues and topics; detailed A-Z entries on hundreds of people, institutions, events, and ideas; thematic and regional chronologies; hundreds of illustrations; primary documents; and a glossary and multiple indexes.

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Library Journal
This five-volume work on the American Colonial period from 1492 to the American Revolution places the heaviest emphasis on the years after the settlement of Jamestown in 1607. In 450 A-to-Z entries that range from half a page to around four pages in length, 100 signed contributors cover just about every aspect of the set's broad topic, from Abenaki to Zuni and subjects as varied as the Reformation and crime. Seven strong thematic essays (e.g., "Gender Issues") at the start of Volume 1 provide the needed context, while each subsequent entry concludes with bibliographic and related-entry references. Each volume is equipped with a general index to the whole set, as well as extensive biographical and geographic indexes. The final volume consists of historical documents, making the set a good source of original materials; there is also a glossary and bibliographies of all primary and secondary sources used. The black-and-white illustrations and maps throughout are somewhat inferior to the historical maps in other resources, such as the superior Times Atlas of World History. Bottom Line Although not the best of its kind, this resource provides a sturdy overview of Colonial America; high school, college, and larger public libraries should consider purchasing it if their budgets permit and the need warrants.-Karen Sutherland, Bartlett P.L., IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765680655
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/15/2006
Pages:
1968
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.50(h) x 4.75(d)

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