The Search for Liberty: From Origins to Independence / Edition 1

The Search for Liberty: From Origins to Independence / Edition 1

by Esmond Wright, Edmond Wright
     
 

This is a history of the region now known as the United States of America, from earliest times to the American victory over the British and the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The book charts the arrival of the first Americans through Alaska, millennia before the coming of the Norsemen, or of Cabot, Columbus and Raleigh. It tells of the sixteenth-century

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This is a history of the region now known as the United States of America, from earliest times to the American victory over the British and the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The book charts the arrival of the first Americans through Alaska, millennia before the coming of the Norsemen, or of Cabot, Columbus and Raleigh. It tells of the sixteenth-century incursions by the Spanish, French and English, their interaction with the American Indians, and describes the early settlements, their culture, activities and trade. The author traces the rise to dominance of the British settlers, and the establishment of the whole of East America within the British Empire. The book closes with an account of the war with the British and of Washington's final triumph.

A key feature of colonial America was contained in the tension between the strong European tradition and the struggle for a new definition of national cultural and political identity. The European colonizers dreamed of liberty, of the freedom to live and to worship as they chose, and of the opportunities of enterprise untrammelled by the constraints of European society, yet they both demanded and needed the protection and resources of the colonial power. Surveying the development of the ideal, the author examines the Puritan dream of the City of God on earth and its less than perfect manifestations in New England. He describes colonial life in the golden age of mercantile expansion, the reasons for its collapse and the new drive for independence, and traces the origins then of the ideals of liberty incorporated in the Declaration of Independence.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557865885
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/27/1995
Series:
History of USA Series, #1
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
7.06(w) x 10.07(h) x 1.51(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Enterprise of the Indies:.

1. The New Atlantis.

2. The Columbus Conspiracy: the Sources.

3. The First Americans.

4. The Re-discoverers and Their Achievements.

5. The Wonders of the New World.

Part I: The Admiral Who Rarely Put to Sea - Ralegh and Roanoke.

6. West from the Hispaniola.

7. New Spain.

8. The Bristol Venturers.

9. Men of Devon.

10. The Outer Banks.

11. Stirrers Abroad.

12. French North America.

Part II: The First English Settlements: Cities on Hills and Seashores:.

13. Newfoundland.

14. Trading Companies.

15. Virginia.

16. New England.

17. Bermuda.

18. John Smith, John Rolfe and Christopher Newport.

19. Whose was the Land?.

20. White and Red.

Part III: The Puritan Dream: .

21. The Pilgrim Fathers.

22. Christians and Survivors.

23. The Puritans.

24. The New England Confederation.

25. The Puritan International.

26. Maryland.

27. "The City on the Hill.".

Part IV: The Restoration:.

28. The Return of Exiles.

29. The Rewards.

30. The Doctrine: Calvinism.

31. The Dominion of New England.

32. Witchcraft.

33. The Mathers.

34. Royal Bounty.

Part V: The Empire of the North Atlantic in the Seventeenth Century:.

35. Connecticut and Rhode Island.

36. New York.

37. Pennsylvania.

38. Virginia.

39. The Carolinas North and South.

40. New France.

41. In the King's Name.

42. Colonial Policy.

Part VI: The Eighteenth Century: From the St Lawrence to Savannah:.

43. A Middling and a British People.

44. And a Restless People.

45. The Tidewater.

46. The Chesapeake Economy.

47. Beyond the Fall Line.

48. Boston.

49. New York.

50. The Middle Colonies.

51. The Carolinas.

52. Georgia.

Part VII: The Colonial Golden Age:.

53. How Golden the Age?.

54. Slavery.

55. Education.

56. The Enlightenment.

Part VIII: Why, Then, Independence?.

57. The French and Indian War (1756-1763) and the frontier struggle.

58. The Old Colonial System - cui bono?.

59. The West and The Indians.

60. The Patriot King.

61. The Stamp Act.

62. Riots and Rebellion.

63. "Tyranny" and "Tea Deum.".

64. The First Continental Congress.

65. The War of Independence.

66. The Treaty of Paris.

67. How and Why?.

68. The Legacy.

The Significance of the War.

L'Envoi.

Chronologies.

Bibliographies.

Index.

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