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Gloria Main...offers a magisterial analysis of colonial New England society, literally from the ground up. Beginning with the region's environment, she draws on a vast array of studies and her own powerful research skills to paint an authoritative portrait of the struggles of daily life for colonists and Native Americans. For both groups, the family was the basic organizing unit of society. By focusing on family life, the author finds the key to understanding the society, culture, and economy of colonial New England...A rewarding read...[Peoples of a Spacious Land] offer[s] readers a rich understanding of the society that played such a crucial role in the making of the United States.
— Evan Haefeli