Colonial America / Edition 6

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Comprehensive without being superficial, this brief, up-to-date examination of American colonial history draws connections between the colonial period and American life today by including formerly neglected areas of social and cultural history and the role of minorities (African-Americans, Native-Americans, women, and laboring classes). It summarizes and synthesizes recent studies and integrates them with earlier research.
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Editorial Reviews

A survey of life in the period based upon past research and upon the revelations of the past 20 years. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205743162
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 6/27/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 655,977
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Jerome R. Reich is an American historian whose specialty is the search for democracy
in American life. His writings include "Leisler's Rebellion: A Study of Democracy in Colonial New York,"
"Coodes's Rebellion in Maryland," the "Dorr War: A Substudy of Jacksonian Democracy,"
and "The Black American Experience." Dr. Reich is an emeritus professor of history at Chicago State University
and is the author of several standard text books in American history.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 European Backgrounds

Norse Discoveries

The Crusades

The Renaissance

Trade and the Nation-State

Portuguese Exploration

Spanish Exploration

English and French Exploration


Chapter 2 The Native Americans

Native Americans Settle the Americas

Native Americans of Central and South America

The Native Americans of the Southwest and West

The Native Americans of the Plains

The Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands

Estimates of Native American Population


Chapter 3 The Spanish Empire in America

Spanish Conquests

The Exploration and Settlement of the Southwest

The Government and Economy of the Spanish Empire

Race Relations in the Spanish Empire

Religious and Cultural Life in the Spanish Empire


Chapter 4 The Portuguese, French, and Dutch

Empires in America

The Portuguese in the New World

The French in the New World

The Dutch in the New World

Comparing and Contrasting the Non-English Empires


Chapter 5 The Background of English Colonization

Delay in English Colonization

Economic Motives

Religious Motives

Political Motives

Governmental Interest in Colonization

The Beginnings of English Colonization


Chapter 6 The Tobacco Colonies: Virginia and Maryland

The London and Plymouth Companies

The Founding of Jamestown

Virginia Proves a Success

Virginia Survives Native American Attacks

Maryland Is Founded

The Economic Growth of the Tobacco Colonies


Chapter 7 The New England Colonies

The Founding of the Plymouth Colony

The Founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony

Other New England Colonies

Native American Relations in New England


Chapter 8 The Control and Completion of Colonization

The Colonies Under the Commonwealth

The West Indies

Colonial Policy under Charles II

The Founding of the Carolinas

The Founding of New York and the Jerseys

The Founding of Pennsylvania

The Founding of Georgia


Chapter 9 Seventeenth-Century Revolts and Eighteenth-Century Stabilization

The Effects of the Navigation Acts

Bacon’s Rebellion

The Dominion of New England

The Glorious Revolution in New York

The Glorious Revolution in Maryland

Comparing and Contrasting the 1689 Revolutions in America

Eighteenth-Century Stabilization


Chapter 10 Colonial Government

English Agencies of Colonial Government

Government in the American Colonies

A Federal Empire?

Local Government



Chapter 11 African-Americans in the English Colonies

The Slave Trade

The Development of Slavery

The Black Population

Black Opposition to Slavery

White Reaction to Slave Discontent

Family and Religious Life

Slavery in the Northern Colonies

Free African-Americans


Chapter 12 Immigration Push and Pull Factors

Immigration Statistics

The Huguenots

The Germans

The Scotch-Irish and Scots

The Irish and the Jews

The Naturalization Process

Immigrants on the Frontier

East-West Friction


Chapter 13 Colonial Agriculture

The Beginnings

Farm Implements

Agriculture in the New England Colonies

Agriculture in the Middle Colonies

Agriculture in the Southern Colonies


Chapter 14 Colonial Commerce

The Colonies as Suppliers and Markets

Triangular Trade Routes?

Anglo-American Trade Relations

Domestic Trade


Land Transportation and Communication

The Fur Trade


Chapter 15 Colonial Industry

Obstacles to the Growth of Industry

Forest-Based Industries

Sea-Based Industries

Earth-Based Industries

Other Colonial Industries

Workers and Wages


Chapter 16 Money and Social Status

Hard Money

Monetary Experiments

Paper Money and Land Banks

Wealth and Social Class

Social Mobility


Chapter 17 The Colonial Town

Characteristics of Colonial Towns

Urban Problems

The Urban Economy

Urban Culture


Chapter 18 The Colonial Family


Premarital and Extramarital Affairs

Characteristics of the Family

The Legal Status of Women

The Concept of Childhood


Chapter 19 Religion in Colonial America

The Anglican Church

The Congregational Church

Religious Groups in the Middle Colonies

The Presbyterian Church

The Great Awakening and Its Results


Chapter 20 Education in Colonial America

Education in the Southern Colonies

Education in the Middle Colonies

Education in the New England Colonies

Higher Education


Chapter 21 Language and Literature

The Growth of American English

The Development of American Literature

Literary Tastes of Colonial Americans

Newspapers and Magazines


Chapter 22 Colonial Arts and Sciences

American Scientists





Chapter 23 Everyday Life in Colonial America

Demographic Characteristics

Homes and Furnishings


Sports and Amusements


Chapter 24 The Colonial Wars

King William’s War

Queen Anne’s War

King George’s War

The Background of the French and Indian War

The French and Indian War

The Results of the French and Indian War


Chapter 25 The Road to Revolution

The Constitutional Background

The Anglican Bishop Controversy

The Proclamation of 1763

The Sugar Act

The Stamp Act

The Townshend Acts

The Tea Act and Its Repercussions

The First Continental Congress and the Outbreak of Violence

The Second Continental Congress and Independence


Chapter 26 The Revolutionary War

Military Advantages and Disadvantages

The Campaigns of 1776—1777

The Campaigns of 1778—1781

Peace Negotiations

Domestic Effects of the Revolution


Chapter 27 Governments for a New Nation

State Constitution Making

The Articles of Confederation

Western Land Laws

Economic Problems

The Constitutional Convention

The Ratification Struggle


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